KRUPS XP1500 Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine Combination, Black
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- Combination unit with 4-bar steam espresso machine and 10-cup coffeemaker
- 4-cup glass carafe with handle; steam nozzle; removable drip tray with stainless steel grid
- Water-level indicator; swing-out filter holder; brew pause; nonstick warming tray
- Simple-to-use controls; illuminated on/off switch; convenient coffee scoop included
- Measures 14-3/4 by 12-1/4 by 13-1/2 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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Passion. Precision. Perfection. The Krups heritage of German engineered coffee machines and food preparation appliances provides clear functional, rigorous design at the highest level of technical perfection, performance and quality. Working with leading European designers, the product series also represents the newest European designs yet maintains the rigorous and clearly functional characteristics synonymous with Krups products. Designed and built for those who continuously seek out new gourmet experiences and take pleasure in discovering and understanding how things are done well, the Krups range provides the tools that deliver genuine results, performance and taste. Inspired by experts and demanding consumers with uncompromising standards of performance, the new Krups series has been built with three key attributes in mind: Passion, Precision and Perfection. The Krups XP1500 Steam Combi Machine has a 10 cup coffee maker and a 4 bar steam espresso machine. Easy to use, the water level indicator clearly shows how much water is in the tank and it has a convenient steam nozzle for easy frothing of milk on the espresso side.
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For a latte, you'll need to have finely ground espresso, a stainless steel frothing pitcher, and cold milk (2% or non-fat work best). Remove the rubber end to the frothing nozzle -- I never use it, and that may be one of the problems other reviewers have. In fact, you can throw that bugger away -- it's worthless. Follow the instructions in the manual to fill your water reservoir and your espresso filter. Fill your frothing pitcher no more than halfway with milk. Turn the dial on the left of the machine to the "cup" setting, and as soon as your first drop of espresso falls, switch the dial to the froth setting. Keep the nozzle low in the pitcher, just heating -- not frothing. This is very important. JUST HEAT, keeping the nozzle low in the pitcher. It will take at least a minute, maybe two for the milk to be the proper temperature. You can guess the temperature is right if you hold the pitcher in your hand, not by its handle, and keep heating the milk until the pitcher is just about too hot to hold -- (or you could buy a thermometer, but this works just as well, and for the price-conscious does the trick). When the pitcher is too hot to hold, it's ready to froth. Move the pitcher lower so that the nozzle just skims along the top of the milk. This will start your foam growing, and that lovely noise you hear all day long at your favorite coffee house. It will not take long before your pitcher is about to overflow. At that point, quickly switch the dial back to the "cup" setting, and your espresso shot will fall. You always want the espresso shot to fall at the very end of the process, because a shot will "die" after about a minute, and it will just taste bad. So, as soon as your shot is done, pour it in your cup and add your milk. Once the milk is in there with the shot, the shot is protected.
After filling your cup with the milk, top it with the foam, and add a little cocoa powder or cinnamon or even nutmeg -- your choice. I've also added a drop or two of vanilla extract. You're good to go. You'll have a delicious latte, at an extremely low price.
(I explained the above because the instructions in the manual are not that good, and I don't have the time to build a how-to video. I was also a barista at Starbucks for a year, so I did learn a thing or two about lattes. I hope it was helpful.)
The only thing is that I agree with other reviews that you should take off the black plastic around the frother, it works sooo much better and easier to clean when its off! Once I tried that my milk frothing expereince was amazing.
I wish it had come with its own milk pitcher, but I bought an inexpensive one on amazon.
This is great for those that are new to espresso making and are not willing to pay BIG BUCKS for a first time machine.
Go for a 15 bar machine on the espresso and make sure that it comes with different basket inserts, instead of just the one.
It is made with a foul smelling plastic which is permeated throughout the product. The coffee tastes like the plastic and is undrinkable, not to mention the foul smell it leaves throughout the kitchen. I contacted Krups USA with my complaint and they suggested that I rinse it with vinegar, which I already had done several times, including brewing it through the system. They then offered to evaluate the system for me at their expense. I didn't them to tell me that it stinks. I cannot return it to Amazon because of their no return policy on used items. I continue to work on the system hoping to one day enjoy it. Until then, buyer beware. This product stinks!