I received this as a gift when I purchased my first home. I am unsure of the price, but regardless I would tell people to invest in this.
I am not really a coffee snob, I prefer speed over quality, so if I am honest it spent the first few months as an ornament. With its sleeks chrome design is certainly is pleasing on the eye. Even more importantly it is very compact and doesn't take up much room.
I haven't had this long, but it seems to be very sturdy and reliable.
However, after having used this, I will never go back to instant coffee again. The results are incredible, as rich and delicious as if prepared by a real barista.
This really is easy to use, and much quicker than I was anticipating and it even comes with a measure to ensure you get the best results. The instructions manual couldn't be easier to follow.
The main downsides to this product are the noise (far too loud for 6am in the morning), and how long it takes to clean all of the different components.
We were kindly given this coffee machine as a wedding present and I can't deny, it is a beautiful looking machine and we often get compliments. It's fairly compact too so doesn't take up much work space. However if you're making more than coffee for yourself then you need to take orders in advance. It's just a bit of an effort really. You want it to work like a commercial machine because it looks like a mini version of one, but of course that's not possible. It makes good coffee and froths milk well but it's messy and then time consuming to clean. If you want coffee on the run then you may be better off with a capsual type machine. If you don't want to compromise on flavour and finish though, this machine does the job well if you're willing to put in the extra time and effort to maintain it.
My husband and I are both coffee enthusiasts, although I'd say he's fussier than I am(!). He'd hankered after a coffee machine for a long time, but I'd felt our kitchen was just too tiny to sacrifice the work surface space. Cometh the extension, cometh the coffee machine!
After wanting a coffee machine for ages, we'd had plenty of time to do our research. We were pleased that they had started to come down in price and felt that the dualit espressivo was an affordable option. Also important to me was the look of the thing, I didn't want an ugly beast of a machine glowering at me from the corner of the kitchen, however well it made coffee. I liked the simple style and gentle cream colour of the espressivo. Another important factor in the decision was that the espressivo can use your choice of ground coffee, or coffee bags ("pods") if your prefer to avoid the messiness of grounds.
So, what's the coffee like? It's really, really good! Espressos or black coffees come out with a lovely thick crema, cappuccinos and hot chocolate are also delicious. It's important to make sure the water tank is filled above the minimum level, as if the water is too low the coffee has a slightly scorched taste. However, I expect that accidentally running the coffee maker with insufficient water is bad for it anyway, so maybe it's useful to have a reminder not to do it! If you do forget to check that there's enough water the machine runs very noisily, so that acts as another reminder to quickly top up.
Of course, a major factor in what comes out is what you put in. We really like the freedom to experiment with different varieies of coffee. There are three choices of filter: one cup loose grounds, two cup loose grounds (or one double espresso) or coffee pod. The machine comes with a handy portion scoop that also acts as a tamper.
We find the machine very easy to use. Flick on and allow a few seconds to warm up, run a little hot water through the empty filter, fill the filter with your choice of grounds and run the water through for a delicious cup of coffee. You run the coffee straight through to the cup or cups - standard mugs are fine but extra tall ones won't fit. There is an option to warm cups on the top plate first. The frothy milk function is easy to use too, just warm up, steam the milk (this takes a couple of minutes), wipe the nozzle and shoot a bit more steam through to flush it out. The whole process takes no longer than it would to watch someone do it for you in a coffee shop. Having said that, I don't often bother with frothy milk unless I have a friend over, I usually just zap half a cup of milk in the microwave then add the coffee on top.
We have really hammered this machine, it's worked hard and is still going strong more than two years on. It's got "stuck" occasionally, but it's been a simple matter of clearing out old coffee bits to get it running smoothly again. It still looks great, too. There is a little wear to the paintwork around the base plate, but nothing noticeable. It has saved us a fortune in cafe coffee (although we still go to coffee shops sometimes!), and the coffee it makes tastes great.
I've had my Espressivo for a year now, having got it last Christmas, along with a nice burr grinder. In my job, coffee is a bit of a necessity, and so I have acquired a taste for a nice cup. Coffee at home is a labour of love. If you want good coffee, do not expect it to be quick or easy - adjust your expectations please. Coffee is something people spend their lives trying to perfect, like wine making for example. What I would say is that if what you're producing is not what you hoped, then you're doing it wrong, not the machine. Check out a website like coffeegeeks, or read a good book to learn more on making your own coffee.
Dualit have an excellent reputation for quality and durability, which seems to be well deserved. This item has a one year guarantee. Dualit also have an excellent market for spare parts and repairs, so this is not something that will just be chucked out if something goes wrong out of guarantee.
So, on to the specifics. It comes in a large sturdy box, very well packaged. Inside is the machine itself, as well as the 1.5L completely removable water tank (easy cleaning), handle/arm, three different sockets (for ESE pod, single shot, or double shot), cover for milk frother, plastic tamper, coffee measurer, and cleaning kit. It has a UK three pin plug, with a good long black cable. The stainless steel with chrome finish make it a beautiful object to have on your kitchen counter - you won't be wanting to put this away between uses!
When you switch it on you'll hear the self priming 15 bar pressure pump kick in, which is fairly loud. This may be a concern if you'll be using it while your loved one/kids/flatmates/gran are in bed asleep, but it isn't for me. It only actually makes noise when it's switched on, making coffee, or frothing milk. You'll want to leave it on for a little while to let the cup warming area on top do it's job - I turn it on then have my shower, so that when I get out it's perfect. It does actually work within under two minutes if you're in a hurry, but for good coffee, you shouldn't be!
Regarding coffee, so much is dependent on the beans, roast, grinding, water, milk, and most importantly knowledge of the user, that it's difficult to judge the machine in this way. What I can say is that it generates enough pressure to get a good crema, and I can make lovely coffee using it. I mostly drink americanos, but I have done capuccinos, macchiatos and lattes, as well as of course espressos. The milk frother works well, though it also takes some learning and practice to get good with it. It makes a lovely rich hot chocolate for those winter evenings.
Afterwards you will need to empty the handle, wipe the machine, possibly empty the drip tray (depending on how much spillage there was), and wipe down the machine's front (depending on how anal you are!). If you used the milk frother then you need to wipe it down too. That's not really more than a minute's work.
To make nice coffees at home with this you will also need a metal milk jug with a clip on thermometer. I would also recommend a water filter, good kettle, and of course some nice fresh roast beans and a burr grinder. You could also use ESE pods (a standard sized 'teabag' like sachet of coffee) that are produced by a number of different companies, and take a bit of the effort and mess out of the equation, but they can never taste as good.
In my year of owning this machine, I have only had one slight problem with it, and this was my fault, when I let it run dry, causing an airlock (which the machine fixed itself). So all in all a great machine.
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I love coffee so the thought of getting a proper coffee machine was very exciting to me, and my sister who also adored coffee. We both are pretty bad and buy a lot of coffee when we were out and about from all the big coffee houses like costa and starbucks, however this becomes very expensive at £3 a pop and instant coffee just doesn't taste as good. So we though a little home coffee machine would actally save us money and I believe in the long run it will.
The reason I went with Dualit is because my sister went on and on at me about it being the brand the major coffee house use but I don't know if it this is true but I checked them out and I really like the style and the size they also seemed quite reasonably priced. I got it from Amazon as the had the best price at the time which was £135 and everytime I went on the Dualit website it kept saying out of stock, so Amazon it was.
I decide to get the chrome finish many because it was cheeper but also because it fits in with the kitchien better. It was smaller then I thought it would be but this means it doesn't take up a lot of room and can fit in easialy in a small kitchien, howeer it also means not all mugs fit under it, so you have to use a smaller mugs.
The machine is really easy to use you turn it on (the switch is on the front so no fidderling around) wait 40 seconds for it to warm up and away you go. Basically all you have to do is measure your coffee with the hady spoon provide lock the handle in then turn the dial to the left and coffee comes out. The removble water tank is located at the back and can hold up to 1.5L. Once you have decided ether you are having one shot or two shots of coffee you turn the dail back to the centre, then pour milk into a jug, place the nozzle in it and turn the dail to the right and the froath nozzle does the rest. The nozzle is detachable if you don't want to use and so it can be cleaned easily. You can use thermometer if you want but don't have to and once the milk is froathed you turn the dail back centre pour you milk into your coffee, turn machine of and hey presto your very own coffee made all by yourself!
It is easy to clean and it has a detachable drip tray so you don't make a mess. The drip trey has an indicator which is red so you know when it is full. It really is very simple to use and for the money I think it is a very good machine and looks very proffentional. You can choose whatever type of espresso coffee you want to use and what brand you want (if you buy the espresso coffee from costa or starbucks it taste just like their own drinks). I probably spend about £3 on a 230g bag which will last for about a week and a half.
I think the only real criticism I have is after about 4 months the dail has become quite stiff making it harder to use, this does worry me as I don't know if it will get worse but the machine is used at least three times a day but other than that the machine is of high quality and I would recomend it.
The spec information provided below is what the Dualit website lists:
* Self-priming 15 BAR pressure pump
* 40 second warm-up time
* Thermobloc (water heating on demand) water heating system for instant hot water and constant steam
* 1.5L removable water tank
* Easy-froth nozzle for the perfect cappuccino foam
* Cast aluminium and stainless steel body
* Extra cup height clearance for mugs
* Large cup/mug warming plate
* Pop-up 'drip tray full' indicator
* Three coffee options: single serve, dual serve and ESE pod
* Accessory holder to keep pod and froth nozzle to hand
This review is also on ciao :)
I adore a good cup of coffee, and this machine makes a beautiful creamy full flavoured cup to my satisfaction. I can reccommend this machine without a doubt. There are a few factors you should consider when buying such a machine and I will explain, but none of them alter the fact that I can now make my own "proper coffee" at home. Bliss. This machine is stylish, robust, and I think well made. To have such a piece of equipment in your kitchen you must understand that it has to be looked after. Cleaning is important, also descale as required. The making of the coffee is an art, and you will get better the more you try. It is a little time consuming and fiddly but the end result is well worth it. The tricky bit I had to come to terms with is the importance of priming the machine to get the equipment hot enough so your coffee is at a good temperature, but you can do it, and the satisfaction is great. Did I mention the smell?? The smell is amazing, enjoy.
Yes I know this is seem expensive for a cup of coffee but I feel over the years I have purchased lots of cheap coffee makers and I wish I had bought this one first.
Firstly it looks fantastic and is easy to clean.
It only makes one or two cups at a time so if your looking to make a pot of coffee this isnt for you.
You can use ground coffee or pods and both make a great cup. The pods can be expensive normally around £5-6 for 18 pods but you can buy cheaper own brands eg waitrose.
Im no technical expert and I found the instructions very easy to use.
I have read reviews before that it doesnt produce a 'hot' cup of coffee, however the instructions do advise to prime the machine to ensure all the parts are at the right temperature and also to filter through some hot water to ensure your cup is warmed before you even start to make the coffee which at first seems a faff but now its just part of the process.
The steamer is really quick and easy to use, as previous machines I owned, the coffee would go cold by the time you eventually got the milk right!
Despite being a champion coffee drinker, I didn't get myself a "proper" coffee machine until last year. I decided that £160 was a great investment considering my average monthly Costa tab runs to about £80 - even with the cost of buying coffee and milk, I figured I'd get my money back in no time.
I chose the Dualit because its beautiful (undeniably) - it does look gorgeous on the work surface, and anyone who comes round seems to say "ooh, I wish I had one of those" - which subconciously as consumers is EXACTLY what you want to hear.
The downside of that is that the visitor's next words are invariably "make me a coffee!"... and because you're still high on being the object of envy, you have no alternative than to adopt a fixed smile as you spend 15 minutes making two tiny cups, inwardly swearing at the further 15 minutes of cleaning the machine will need later on.
In fairness, it makes very good coffee - not at the level of proper bean-to-cup machines like they use in coffee shops, but a pretty close second - especially if you use really high quality ingredients. But it's quite tricky to use, and took me around twenty cups to get to anything like decent espresso (that was a wired evening!). Once you've got the hang of it, it's still quite a fiddly drawn out process to get to the finished product, and the cleaning is a real nightmare (although I have never used any coffee machine that isn't a pain to clean).
Consequently, it now only EVER gets used when people come round, and my Costa bill is exactly the same as it was before! Quite why I ever thought drinking better coffee at home would prevent me from stopping off for a relaxing cuppa when I'm out is beyond me now.
Buy it if you need to keep up with the Jones', but for me, not money well spent.
Have you seen the press lately saying that coffee is good at keeping Alzheimers at bay? Well I'm 57 so I'm glad that means that I no longer need to worry about drinking too much coffee. Now what was I writing about? Oh yes.
I bought one of these four months ago to replace a broken Krups machine. I bought it in a little Kitchen shop called Steamer Trading in Alfriston in East Sussex. The village is worth a visit if you are in the area.
I read a few reviews and went in to see them. They had an offer on which helped ( a lot). I went for the cream coloured one. It's got a thick quality enamel-like cream coating and it's made of metal so it's quite sturdy, though not too heavy. The side are sheet metal with a nice cream painted coating. The drip tray feels like thick plastic with a removable pressed stainless steel top.
The buttons appear to be placed in a cast metal section. My Krups machine was all plastic so this felt much more of a quality item.
There is a warming plate on the top, which I don't use, with a couple of chromed accessory hangers down the sides, which I don't use. The warming plate is either metal or a thick plastic, I'm not sure which, and is coated grey with dimples to stop it scratching.
The knobs and buttons are plenty large enough with big easy to read writing and icons. They seem to be of pretty good quality. The big centre knob rotates very smoothly and feels as if it is rubber mounted.
It looks good next to the Aga :->
The coffee holder feels plenty sturdy enough with a couple of removable filters. These snap into the holder and are held quite tightly by friction. I think they are deliberately slightly off-round to give them grip. You need to prise them out with a fingernail, which could be a problem if you've got no nails from having bitten them off after too many espressos!
There's a steamer nozzle for Capuccinos and such like, which I don't use as I like espressos. Turn the big knob left for Espressos, right for others.
The left button and light is for on/off. The right button is for hot water or steam through the nozzle. The light is 'on' for not-ready, 'off' for ready to dispense. Personally I find that the wrong way round but I quickly got use to it. I don't know what I'll do if the bulb blows.
There's a water container on the back. removeable, with a hinged lid. The capacity is plenty for me for 4 to 5 big espressos, and mine are about half a tea-cup in size. It slides down from vertically above, with a couple of lugs for guidance that slide in rails down the back of the container. As it has to lift vertically upwards you cannot place this machine underneath anything, at least one machine's height above it must be clear. For me this means I have to move the machine forward to refill the water tank. It's unlikely you'd ever properly empty the tank by making espressos and I don't like to leave water in the tank if I don't use it for a few days. So it has to come off regularly.
The little rubber device that connects the tank to the machine looks a little lightweight, but no more so than on my Krups machine- and that was the only bit that didn't fail on my Krups machine. Sometimes the tank doesn't sit right down onto the machine so the machine starts up dry. You can soon tell, as it sounds 'dry'. Switch off quickly and press the tank down a little more firmly. Is he ever going to talk about the coffee I hear you asking.
The manual is a little gem. It tells you about coffee. There are two types of beans don't you know. I didn't. Now I look on the packet. One type has shedloads of caffeine and the other doesn't. I go for the latter, but I've just realised I'll have to find out just exactly what it is in coffee that delays Alzheimers (in mice). It also tells you how to put the coffee in the dispenser and to rotate the tamping down device after tamping down to add a polished surface to the grains. That's the sort of detail you need. My Krups manual gave me a phone number in Slovakia to phone if it broke. Needless to say it was disconnected.
I make my coffee like this, having learned how the machine likes to operate; Firstly fill the coffee holder two thirds full, tamp down and rotate the tamper for a smooth surface. I find it is too strong and ruins the taste, for me, if it is too full. Assuming the tank contains water, I place a cup under the water outlet (coffee not in place yet) and half fill the cup with hot water. You could use the hot plate but I'm not that organised. This is important because this machine does not push boiling water or steam through your coffee (unlike my Krups), which ruins the taste. It's hot enough to make you yelp, but only hot, not scalding. It's meant to be this way. You need a warm cup.
Only then place the coffee holder and switch on. Then you realise this machine is different. The pump stops and starts a couple of times before it pushes hot water through. It sounds dead professional but I've no idea what it is doing. It works though. The espresso is, well, black, with a creamy topping that makes all the difference. The temperature is just right for immediate drinking. I use Waitrose own brand Espresso or similar, depending on where there's an offer on. I buy a few short dated packs and freeze it. And I always look forward to it. I never once got a single cup out of my Krups that was as good as the worst that comes out of this machine.
Oh, and it's got rubber feet to stop it moving around and I use it to annoy the neighbours if they wake me up by coming in late. I'll let you figure out how. There's no point in having an espresso machine if the neighbours don't konw you've got it, is there?
It comes with an adaptor for pods but I don't buy them. Too much packaging.
I believe these people are best known for their toasters.
Added Sept 2010. I've been using the machine for over a year now. Half a dozen espressos a week. It is till still going strong. No signs of corrosion or failure of the finish or parts. I've tried grinding beans and several other brands of espresso coffee but the Waitrose own brand is still my favourite.
November 2011. Still going strong. No problems.
Dimensions: Height 13 inches, Width: 9 inches Depth: 11 inches.
Clearance needed from worksurface to any obstruction above: 2 foot 2 inches, to allow the water contain to be lifted off vertically.
I've had my Dualit coffee machine for nearly a year now and I love it. It's stylish, makes 'proper' coffee and at a good price too.
It comes with a filter to give you the option of using pods if you don't want to mess around with ground coffee or filters for making single or double espressos. The top has a stainless steel plate where you can keep all your cups which warms up to keep your cups warm!
The best part though I think is the coffee machine steam arm. I work in a coffee shop and I hate those coffee machines that you can buy which automatically froth the milk. With the dualit you can froth the milk as much or as little as you like for cappucinos, lattes, hot chocolates, whatever. Youn can also change it to plain hot water to make a cup of tea.
Plus it looks VERY stylish on the work top in cream and chrome!
Designed for the coffee enthusiast, the Espressivo delivers the ultimate cup every time, with each component crafted to ensure a deliciously rich flavour / From the 15 bar pump delivering the optimum pressure needed to create a perfect crema, to the Thermobloc water heating system providing instant hot water and on demand, Dualit have thought of everything / Even the er nozzle frothing up milk into fluffy foam for your cappuccino is easy to use, with the minimum of fuss and mess / Not only is the Espressivo sturdy and durable, working hard to make you the ideal cup of coffee, it packs an equal punch in the style stakes with all the design attributes you would expect from Dualit / Sleek curves, tactile materials, chunky dials and a compact size make a winning combination / Short name: Dualit 84202