Consumer Product review of the Capresso Ultima Semi-Automatic Coffee Maker and Espresso-Cappuccino Machine.
Is it possible to be in love with a coffee machine? If so, than I am in love with Capresso’s Ultima Semi-Automatic Coffee Maker Espresso/Cappuccino machine.
Through the years of my coffee adult coffee addiction, I have owned various cappuccino machines at various ends of the price spectrum (with the exception of the top of the line fully automatic models that cost thousands of dollars). The cheapest model I could find at Costco (my first machine bought in my early 30s) lasted about 2 weeks before breaking. Other midrange models followed at various points of my life with good results. But none made coffee/espresso/cappuccino et. al as quickly, easily, and neatly as this machine does.
In fact, making coffeehouse style coffee is so quick, easy, and mess free with this machine, you might not ever use your regular coffee maker again (I know I don’t).
Just fill the water tank, spoon some coffee into the receptacle, pull a lever, turn on the switch, and seconds later out comes perfectly brewed espresso. The coffee flows from a double spout that can flow into one or two cups simultaneously, and adjusts for different cup heights. No tamping of grounds is required because the machine does it for you automatically. Best of all there are no messy filters to fill and/or clean up afterward and the used grounds are conveniently dumped into waste tray that even tells you when it needs emptying!
For steaming and frothing milk for cappuccinos, lattes, and hot chocolates, or for delivering hot water for tea, there’s a wand that rotates out to fit inside a pitcher or cup. The coffee receptacle accepts 7 to 15 grams (one or two fillings of the included scoop), and the powerful pump supplies enough hot water each time to fill cups from 1-1/2 ounces to 12 ounces, which means it will make a big mug of regular coffee as well as an espresso.
The 53-ounce water tank is transparent for water-level monitoring. Water heats quickly thanks to the 1,200-watt heating coil, and a thermostat light shows when the water is hottest.
The machine has internal storage for the power cord and comes with clear instructions, drink recipes, and a one-year warranty against defects.
Sure you could spend thousands of dollars on a top of the line professional espresso/cappuccino machine, but in all honesty this machine provides everything the home user needs — along with some very nice extra perks — for far, far less.
If you’re in the habit of buying an average of one $4 cappuccino a day at the coffee shop, you may be surprised to learn that you’re spending spending over $1,400 per year on your brew.
The Capresso Ultima makes a cappuccino for less than 50 cents in ingredients, and the purchase of the machine costs less than a dollar a day for less than a year. Your daily cappuccino costs will be a fraction of what they used to be once you’ve kicked the coffee shop habit. The energy savings of not driving to the coffee shop is a bonus.