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Capresso EC100 4 Star Rating: Cheapism Good Pick
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Summary:

Good beans and a fine grind are critical to brewing a rich espresso with this model, according to Capresso EC100 reviews. In posts on Amazon consumers say that espresso and cappuccino pass the taste test once you secure the proper ingredients (good beans, right-size grind), pre-warm the system, and master the tamping procedure. Reviews stress the importance of reading the instructions, noting that the effort pays off in a delicious and hot brew. The frothing wand produces good foam and hot milk, reviews add, and picky consumers have been won over by the lattes.

On the down side, some say the brew is inconsistent and performance diminishes over time. A Capresso EC100 review by Coffee Gear faults the brew system for leaving some water in the puck (the leftover grounds once the water has passed through), which can make for messy clean up. And while some users assert there's enough power to make one shot after another, others contend that the resulting espresso isn't sufficiently hot; Capresso responded to this particular comment by noting that the best espresso isn't made with boiling water and this machine brews to 160 degrees.

The Capresso EC100 (starting at $135, Amazon) boasts a 46-ounce water tank and features up to 15 bars of pressure. It can handle either loose grounds or E.S.E. pods and you can make one or two shots at a time. The milk frother swivels into position for steam or froth. The heating system is lined in stainless steel and there's a warming tray for cups. This model weighs 10 pounds and comes with a one-year warranty.

This is a decent espresso machine for a comparatively low price. Some consumers are guarded in their assessments, but overall, the Capresso EC100 makes the grade.

by Elizabeth Sheer (Google+ Profile) – April 23, 2012
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