Capresso® EC100 Pump Espresso & Cappuccino Machine
Seriously, It is one day old!
Bought the machine, and was super excited, yesterday I made a total of 6 to give everyone in the house one. This morning, as the house was quiet, work day had begun for my hubby, children were peacefully sleeping, I thought it would be a wonderful way to begin my day, and then total disappointment arose. I followed the step by step instructions, just as I had yesterday, this morning the machine was leaking a good bit, and the heat, well it was no longer in existence. I tried to find help online to no avail, it just simply will not heat, at all :( Looks like I have to make a 50 minute drive to return this product, therefore my fuel was wasted to get there, and to return again.... what a disappointment to the wallet :(
September 15, 2014
Worked for three weeks
I had this machine for three weeks and used it sparingly and to the letter on directions when it just stopped working. Nothing I did would make it run again. I searched the internet for clues and ideas but found nothing to help so I returned it. The frothier is just so so and the pressure is also poor and often clogged and would barely work. Made for bitter expresso.
June 19, 2014
Love this machine
I've had this machine for about 6 months now and use it once or twice every day. It takes up the same amount of space on my kitchen counter as my 12-cup coffee pot. Some espresso machines are really large.
I use a fine espresso coffee grind. Tamp it down, and it comes out slow and perfect with a full head of creama because of the pressure bars. You need to use the right kind of coffee. I use my old Krups Steam Espresso carafe with it as it fits just right under the coffee drip. (Glad I kept the small carafe when I got rid of the Krups.)
The steam is powerful and froths quickly and fully hot. It makes a little noise and is a manual shutoff, but its a $150 machine. (got mine for $120 with my 20% off coupon).
If you'd like something simpler and quieter and much larger you can pay hundreds or thousands of dollars (the expensive kind even have payment plans) For those who love espresso, you'll LOVE this unit.
February 5, 2014
I love this, machine its easy to use and clean. I was only a little disappointed as they sent me one that had been used. I wanted a brand new one not one that had been returned.
January 28, 2014
Taking it Back, Far Far too weak, coffee and steam
Had I read the review I'm about to write, I would never have purchased this machine. We are taking it back. Here's why.
This machine is excellent from the "user interface" point of view. Everything works easily and intuitively. However, it only holds half as much coffee grounds as it should for a good latte, so the best you could do is to create a decent strength half sized cappuccino. A double latte is impossible without brewing 2 or 3 full sized shots.....I'm up to two, but it's still too weak, and, just to show this isn't just a rant, I measured the grounds holder volume, .......it holds half as much as our ancient Krupps steam machine..... so there's no wonder it fails to deliver a good espresso. Second, the steam production is absurdly weak. It is IMPOSSIBLE (physically speaking) to create good foam if you don't have good steam, and this machine doesn't. So, we're taking it back.
It's sad that something that hits the mark on ease of use, fails so miserably on actual performance. I highly recommend buying something else, including a cheap steam machine.......I'll be seeking a pump machine to upgrade that has better performance. Check out the volume of grounds the machine can hold before purchasing is one lesson I've learned.
Pro's: For starters, let me say that this machine appears beautiful, functional, everything I would want in a new machine. It has just the exact right knobs that perform exactly the right functions. And if I hadn't made thousands of lattes on our old Krupp's steam machine that are far better than the best I can get from this machine, I'd probably think this machine is awesome. In other words, I fully understand 5 star ratings coming in from people who have never made a latte at home.
Con's: This machine holds HALF as much coffee as our old Krupps steam driven machine, a cheap, probably $70 machine these days, I don't know. There are two grounds holders. One is half as large as it should be for a good double shot of espresso, and the other is half that size. This is such a silly engineering goof. They could EASILY have just made the grounds holders double sized or more.
The steam production is weak. Our old Krupp's machine with 800 watts puts out 4 times the steam as this machine does on 1100 watts if I remember that figure right. The steamer is BARELY able to push the steam deep into the cup, fails to roll the froth and fails to break up the bubbles. The froth is heated up if you wait a long time, but it barely has any foam and none of that foam is creamy.
If you don't know the difference, ...... with good steam, the bubbles get broken into smaller and smaller bubbles that persist when you're finished. If it doesn't, then you only get larger bubbles and those don't last. rather than something akin to whipped cream, you get something akin to dish soap bubbles (consistency of course) that barely hold up and don't coat your mouth like ice cream does.
I have to say (I am a mechanical engineer, have designed steam turbines and other devices, have a latte every morning for decades, and wanted to upgrade to a better machine when after 15 years or so our Krupps steam machine's thermostat failed and it ceased to make good lattes......so I fully understand what's wrong with this machine) that all of the knobs look fabulous. And at 1100 watts, I expected MORE power than our previous steam machine. I was horribly disappointed.
But it doesn't matter how wonderful the cosmetic engineering is if it can't make a good espresso.
To overcome the shortcoming, and attempting to find a way to get it to work, I've resorted to brewing twice to make 1 latte. That almost gets enough coffee, but as even that is still weak I'll try tomorrow brewing 3 times. While this machine is faster to brew once (than our old machine) if I have to brew 2 times I've now lost time and it's more of a hassle.
As for the steaming of the milk there is NO overcoming inadequate steam delivery.
So this machine fails my approval by having far too little coffee ground capacity and, far too little steam production. It could have had double on both and it would be good. I / we will return this item and try to find one that works.
I do love the function, I love the single knob and quick response to make espresso and to make steam. So if I wanted a half sized cappuccino, this machine would be perfect. I don't. I want a double latte.
January 25, 2014
Easy to use
I had a Cuisinart Espresso maker before ,I like this one better it is easy to use. The Cuisinarts heating element failed in less than a year so they sent a new one. That one lasted a little longer but eventually the steam wand blew off while in use.
January 15, 2014
Taking it back
Very disappointed in the quality of espresso/cappuchino this machine makes. The temp is tepid at best even after preheating machine internals per instructions. The flavor is also very weak, definitely not the strong robust flavor that one expects. If this is typical of pump driven espresso machines I will stick to the type that uses steam pressure to brew the coffee. The only thing this machine does well is froth milk and it takes some time to get that up to temperature.
January 1, 2014
Not what I was told it would be by a long shot
When I was preparing to move to Alaska, I knew my Krups XP4030, also from BBB, wouldn't make the trip well, so I went looking for a replacement. I was told by multiple people at my then-local store that this was actually a superior product to Krups. I should have know better, but wanted to trust people who had never steered me wrong before. I should never have listened. Even if I didn't have a different espresso machine prior to this one, I would be disappointed in what I have. The coffee (not espresso--this tastes like bad diner coffee from the same beans I used in my previous machine) comes out tepid and has since day one. The steamer takes forever to heat a cup that was just pressed. But it isn't pressed--there really isn't much indicator of pressure building up and there is no pressure that I can find anywhere in the machine. To say that I was misled would be being too nice. To say that this is an espresso machine is a misnomer. Products like this take away from the value, quality, and reputation that Bed Bath and Beyond has garnered over the years.
November 29, 2013