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Krups XP4030 Pump Espresso Machine


I was pleasantly surprised with this little machine, as I got it on sale and paid a fraction of what it retails for, and it does make a quite delicious espresso. It also is very simple to use, with few buttons and gadgets to confuse those who may not be familiar with espresso machines.


The machine is very solidly built, not like others I have purchased in the past that slide off the counter if you happen to jostly them accidentally. It also is very quiet compared to others I have owned. My last espresso maker sounded like a plane taking off on my counter, which is the last thing I like to hear in the morning while waiting for my espresso to brew!

My only complaint with this machine is that I cannot figure out how to steam the milk until it is very hot! Each time I have tried the milk turns out lukewarm, and isn't very frothy. I have tried different kinds of milk (skim, 1-2%, and whole) and nothing seems to change the fact that the milk simply will not warm.

Also, the frother nozzle seems to clog after one to two uses, which is frustrating, as I brew espresso two to three times a day. I do not mind having to clean it after every use, but I thought that it might have to be cleaned a little less often. All in all though, I would rate this machine four out of five stars, because for the price, it have definitely proven to be a great deal!


Pros
- very simple to use
- very solidly built
- very quiet compared to others

Cons
- I cannot figure out how to steam the milk until it is very hot
- frother nozzle seems to clog after one to two uses

Rating
4 out of 5

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Mar 12, 2010
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makes my kitchen deluxe
by: Anonymous

Pro:
- easy to use,
- makes great drinks

Con:
- takes up a lot of space,
- difficult to clean

At first I hesitated on buying an espresso machine because I thought it would be too difficult. I wanted a great beverage when I was on the way out the door but did not want the price that came in return with going to starbucks or my local coffee shop every morning.

When I went searching for espresso machines I was looking for one that was easy to assemble and use and delivers the great beverage that I wanted. The krups machine did exactly that I cannot see my morning routine without it anymore. The price is also affordable it pays for itself in a couple of uses. I fell in love when I took that first sip of espresso. The machine is easy to use and basically make the beverage itself.

I can load it at night before I go to sleep and when I wake a hot beverage will be waiting for me. The machine parts are a little harder to clean but that is a small price to pay for the great performance in every other department of the machine. The, machine has a sleek stainless steel design that can go with any kitchen d├ęcor. For the holidays the krups espresso machine makes a great gift anyone would appreciate it especially the coffee fanatics in your family.

Easy to use the krups espresso machine turns everyone into a fancy barista right in their own kitchen. I recommend everyone buy one it is a very good investment.

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