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I just found out what the term “fully automatic” means on the box of my Krups Espresseria! My husband bought it for me for Christmas last year and I set it up in the kitchen right away. I love espresso and lattes, but I have never used an espresso machine. I would go to my local coffee shop and watch baristas grind, pour, pump and tamp until the stream of rich coffee filled a waiting espresso cup.
I would go home, stare at my machine, and wonder if I were up to trying it out. Well, I tried it. Inside my Krups Espresseria must be a mini-barista grinding, pouring and tamping his little heart out because when I push the start button, my part of the process is finished – except for frothing.
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My husband wondered if I liked my Krups Espresseria since I had not used it. After dinner last night, I surprised him with his favorite latte. The multi-directional nozzle adds steam to the milk and unless you have a huge container, you really don’t need it to move around.
The froth was creamy, rich and bubbling hot so that adding it to the espresso didn’t change the temperature of the drink. I served it in new glass cups that I bought especially for this moment. My husband beamed with pride – more because he chose a great gift than my ability to make lattes.
The machine makes sighing noise when the excess water is discarded into the drip tray. The tray is deep enough to hold quite a bit of water before it needs to be emptied. Fear not, the barista hiding in my Krups Espresseria will signal me when I need to empty it.
I had no idea how compressed the coffee ground cakes would be and how messy. I didn’t have to empty the container between uses because the Krups Espresseria holds up to 14 cakes. Then, I just have to remove the container and empty it out. I’m trying to think of some use for the cakes as I try to recycle all I can. One neighbor suggested using them to aureate my flower garden. By the way, I used regular American coffee beans and they worked great.
One of the best things about the Krups Espresseria is that it makes regular coffee, tea and hot water for cocoa, as well. I can use it for anything that needs hot water. The water tank with the window makes it easy to see when I am running low on water. Should I forget, the machine notifies me when it gets low. The water filter system removes most of the minerals in the water so that the flavor of the coffee is not hampered by the bitterness of the water.
My husband and I have been married long enough that he now listens with one ear and I keep talking anyway. He must have been listening when I hinted at wanting to try an espresso machine – even though I got the standard “uh huh” response. I didn’t mention it very often so I was amazed that he remembered that I was interested. I don’t know what my husband paid for my Krups Espresseria and to be honest, I don’t even care.