Sometimes I receive quite a few items for review. I admit, if it is something really exciting that I can't wait to rip open, I jump right in there and play with it. Other times, even though I would love the item, it sits for a while because I just don't have the room for it. Such was the case of the Capresso 4-Cup Espresso & Cappuccino Machine. I do love my cup of coffee a day, but I admit that I let this one sit. So, I let my friend Hysterical Mom, who I know LIVES for coffee crack it open and do the review. Below are her thoughts.
As luck would have it my good friend Little Tech Girl asked me to review the Capresso Espresso Machine since she knew I was a connoisseur of coffee. I pleasingly obliged and took home the box that held the giver of goodness.
I thought it would be difficult to use, so I was a little gun shy about opening the box so instead I took my time in making a space for it on the counter. Based on the size of the box, I was expecting a behemoth of a machine. I could not have been more wrong. The machine takes up less space than my previous single cup maker, which is a definite plus.
As the lone coffee drinker in the house, I am always looking for a good, quality espresso machine that will not put a hurting on my wallet. My prayers were answered with this little beauty. It does everything it says, no more, no less. I like that.
I definitely enjoyed prepping the machine for use, and actually used the directions, which as a tech geek, we don't need directions, EVER. But, since I want this to last, and make me good coffee, I figured I would give the directions a shot. This, naturally, took longer than expected, and the first set of directions you see are just pictures and if you turn the page, there are two more sets of directions, espresso and cappuccino/latte, and they read a little different than what the poicture appears to show you. Nevertheless, its not hard to figure out (unless you are a caffeine deprived mother of 3 and are making espresso at 10p).
I really like the stainless steel and black design of the machine as well; I think this makes it easier to fit with any kitchen decor. As I stated before, the size is great if you don't have a lot of counter space (which I don't).
So in case you haven't figured it out yet, I think this machine ROCKS! I was really excited to use it and I love how easy it was. I will now refer to myself as a Barista a la Starbucks and make Cafe Americanos in my kitchen!
So, whose got the biscotti?
The Capresso 4-Cup Espresso & Cappuccino Machine comes with a limited one-year warranty. It is sold at specialty and online retailers including Dillard’s (1-800-345-5273) and www.amazon.com. It has an actual retail price of $59.99.
Disclosure: The Capresso machine was provided free of charge in exchange for this review.