I've had owned my Krups Crematic Coffee maker for about 6 years now, after being lucky enough to be bought it as a gift.
The machine is about 16 inches wide, 12 inches tall and 12 inches deep. The machine is primarily made of black plastic with a couple of brushed stainless steel panels. Overall the design is attractive, easy to keep clean and looks stylish on the worktop.
The machine comes with a large jug with a 10 cup capacity. To make regular filter coffee, you fill the jug with the required amount of water and then pour the water into the resevoir at the top of the machine. There is an easy access compartment where you place your filter and then the coffee granules. The machine even comes with a measuring scoop, so you can add the correct amount of coffee to the filter.
Once this is done, there is a dial which you turn to switch the machine on and within minutes you will have a jug full of delicious, freshly brewed coffee.
The stand on which the coffee jug sits is also a hot plate, so your coffee will stay hot for as long as the machine is switched on.
On the opposite side from the jug, is the espresso maker and milk frother. To make espresso, there is a small attachment which you fill with your ground coffee. Above the attachment, accessed by opening the hatch at the top of the machine, is another water resevoir which supplies the espresso maker and the milk frother. Once this is filled you can place your cup underneath, turn the 2nd dial and your espresso will slowly filter through.
The milk frother also operates by turning a dial. The machine has a light to indicate when enough pressure has built up to create steam, when this happens, you place the milk frother in a jug of milk and turn the dial to release the steam, which gradually heats up and froths the milk.
By using this machine you can make lovely espresso, filter coffee and cappuccinos with very little effort. All the pieces of the machine come away easily for cleaning. The only thing I don't like about this machine is that the milk frother blocks easily and before every use I have to use a pin to unblock it. However, this has become part of the routine of using the coffee maker, so it doesn't bother me too much.
Although this coffee maker was a gift, I know it cost around £150. For us it has been money well spent as we have used it every week for 6 years and will hopefully use it for many more years to come.
I got this little gem as a Wedding pressie 10 years ago...yes 10!!! What does that tell you about this gizmo? That a-its built to last and b-they still make it so it really can't be bad.
My husband HATES coffee, so this going on the John Lewis Wedding list was all me me me.....the icing on the cake was that his team at work all chipped in and bought us the wonderful £149.99 appliance....yes its 60 quid on Amazon now...whatever....buy 2!!!!!
Its wonderful, I love it. not an aweful lots else I can say, other than its very simple to use. I only ever use the filter coffee section. All ya do is pop open the front flap, slap in a filter (can get them pretty much anywhere they sell coffee) use the measuring spoon to measure out your coffee. I love Lavazza Rosso or the Lavazza Esspresso. use the mug you intend to drink your coffee in to pop water in the back thingy. Go to bed, stumple down the stairs in the morning and switch the pretty blach and brushed steel stylee facia machine and pow......Fresh, quick filtered coffee quicker than you can boil a kettle.....honestly....its quicker.
A beautiful timeless good looking coffee maker, that is now sooooo wonderfully afforable. It creates delicious swift quality coffee.
I would not be without it. Have never used the cappucino bit as I think thats a faff.....The esspreso part is simple and very quick and gives you a wonderful creamy topped espresso. Perfect.
*Zzzzzzzzzhhhhhh* Aah the gentle thrumm of the espresso unit, whe waft of steam, the odour of molten ground coffee... Nothing beats that on a morning when you really, really can't be bothered with work.
This machine was a birthday present a few years ago and I polished it and placed it with pride in the middle of my kitchen, let no one else touch it and generally revered it as one of my most precious gadgets (It's up there with my Bass Guitar and my Rucksacks).
This machine makes both Filter Coffee and Espresso.
Filter: The waterbox thingy inside is quite spacious - 1. 5 litres or so - enough to fill the capacious jug with lots of coffee for upto 12 small cups.
Operation is quick, with a selector for slower filtration if you only have a small amount of grounds in the filter (better aroma).
This is a sideshow though for the Espresso unit -which whacks out 12 bars of pressure into a small or large ground holder, through the double headed drip thing (my technical terms are so poor!) into cups below. The removable drip tray is easy to clean too. The creme produced is lovely and brown, just like a proper Barista makes.
The controls have a light to tell you when the water is hot, and then you turn it to Go!, and go it does, vibrating and humming like a partially aroused Dalek.
Attached to the side of the unit is a steaming arm, which allows you to aerate (again with the Daleks) your milk into a latte state of sophistication.
Overall: at about £120 this is not a cheap plasticky unit you can pick up in Argos - Krups made Steel for German Tanks, and the quality shows. This is a solid plastic and metal bit of kit that has lasted me 5 years.
If you like your coffee - this is an ideal method of parting with money - besides it's only the same cost as 40 giant half-caff, skinny, extra hot, no whip, hazelnut moccalattecinnos!
Edit: The milk frothing arm, drip tray and base, espresso unit and ground coffee holders, and the Filter jug and lid are all dishwasher proof. The rest of the unit is easy to wipe down.
I recommend that you flush the filter and espresso systems through with a descaling powder every month to keep the pipes clean - because the water quality is VERY important to the overall coffee taste.
Thanks to the category guide for pointing out - the Milk Frothing arm should be cleaned after each use - the bacteria in the milk left will become very nasty, very quickly. (Even Daleks know about keeping their eyestalks clean).