Product Type: Presso Philips Saeco
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The Presso Espresso Maker - Works Wonders
Presso Espresso Maker
Member Name: jasmine6
Presso Espresso Maker
Advantages: Great coffee, easy to use
Disadvantages: Not as eco-friendly as claimed
Last month I decided to treat myself to something I've been wanting for a long time - a decent espresso maker. For too long I've struggled by with a cranky, clumpy old machine that only produces sub-standard coffee at best.
I wanted a quality gadget, but couldn't afford to pay hundreds, and the Presso was just about in my price range. I was first attracted by the look of it - it's unusual and funky in appearance and I knew it'd look great in my kitchen. I was further intrigued to discover that it's manually operated and doesn't need to be plugged in.
This feature has turned out to be one of its best, as I often have to move things around in my quite small kitchen to make space for cooking etc. Sometimes I just leave the Presso on the living room table, which is extra convenient if I've got guests over. Remember though that you still have to replace the coffee if you want extra shots and also fetch boiling water, so you still have to move around a bit! It's just good that the cordlessness gives some flexibility.
So the other great feature, of course, is the quality of the coffee. It's yum! Now I'm realistic, and won't say it's better than the best beverages I've had in some coffee shops, but it's still better than any other homemade coffee I've had, by a country mile. I find that it works better for cappuccino and americano than for espressos, but that might just be my personal taste.
Another good feature is that you can experiment till your hearts' content - with fresh or filter coffee, with grinding beans, with different strengths etc.
It's also very easy to use - simply place your coffee of choice into the steel filter, reattach it then pour boiling water through the heat-proof cylinder at the top. Then you lift up the lever arms, put your cup in position, then lower the arms back down. This action forces the boiling water through the coffee at high pressure, and, with the addition of a milk frother, leaves you with a perfect cup of your favourite brew!
There's also the option of delivering one shot or two, into two different cups at the same time.
This machine looks great - it's shiny and modern and also quite compact. Even better, it's very quick and easy to clean. I really feel it has slightly improved my whole life, mainly by making mornings more efficient!
There are no big drawbacks with the Presso. It can take a while to learn the best amount of coffee to put in, how fine it should be, how quickly to pull the levers down and that kind of thing, but I think that's all part of the fun experimentation process.
Probably the thing that annoys me most is how this machine is billed as being environmentally friendly as it doesn't use electricity. However, of course, it's impossible to use without boiling the kettle, so I think that's a bit of a thin claim. That said, the kettle boils a fair bit faster than my old espresso machine used to.
In conclusion I'd recommend this product, even for picky coffee aficionados. It's chic, easy, and produces great coffee.
Currently it's £79.99 on Amazon - but I'd suggest waiting for the January sales.
Summary: Lovely, efficient product
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