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    Test: Manual and semi-automatic espresso machines
    Results tables
    Contents

    Test: Manual and semi-automatic espresso machines
    What to buy
    Compare espressos
    Results tables
    What to look for


    Coffee making tips
    Profiles - the best
    Profiles - the rest
    Models from previous test

    Performance Components of coffee-making score
    Brand/Model Overall score
    (%) Ease of use score (%) Milk frothing score
    (%) Coffee making score
    (%) Taste test score
    (%) Heat-up time (min:sec) Coffee temperature (°C) Coffee temperature range
    (°C) RRP ($)
    MAGIMIX LExpresso Program Automatic 11233
    www.cambur.com.au 77 78 75 (A) 77 75 1:30 70 1 499
    SUNBEAM Café Latte EM5600
    www.sunbeam.com.au 76 76 75 76 75 0:45 69 3 299
    DELONGHI Le Cube EN185.M + Aeroccino
    www.delonghi.com.au 70 76 60 69 70 0:45 70 9.5 449
    # ECM Botticelli II
    www.ecm-espresso.com.au 69 74 85 64 60 2:45 68 2 995
    # KENWOOD ES630 69 76 85 (A) 62 55 2:45 75 1.5 299
    KRUPS XP 4050
    www.krups.com 69 70 55 70 65 1:30 70 0 399
    SOLIS Crema SL 90
    www.diamond-c.co.au 67 76 85 60 55 1:45 68 2.5 599
    RANCILIO Miss Silvia
    www.mocopan.com.au 66 70 85 61 60 2:00 68 8 719
    ASCASO Dream M.F
    www.cafefino.com.au 63 76 70 (A) 56 50 1:30 65 2.5 999
    BREVILLE 800ES
    www.breville.com.au 63 74 75 (A) 56 50 2:00 69 3.5 449
    LA PAVONI Eurobar De Luxe V230
    www.euroespresso.com.au 62 66 80 (A) 57 50 1:30 69 1.5 785
    VICE VERSA Koala 62 70 55 59 55 2:00 72 6.5 399
    BODUM 3020 Euro Granos 61 62 65 (A) 60 55 0:45 73 5 879 (C)
    SAECO Via Venezia Espresso
    www.saeco.com.au 59 72 80 (A) 49 40 1:30 72 1.5 429
    STARBUCKS Barista 58 72 75 48 40 1:30 72 3 399


    Features Specifications
    Brand/Model Automatic turn-off Cord storage Programmable coffee quantity Dimensions (HxWxD) (cm) Weight (kg)
    MAGIMIX LExpresso Program Automatic 11233
    www.cambur.com.au • • • 31 x 26 x 25 5.7
    SUNBEAM Café Latte EM5600
    www.sunbeam.com.au • 33 x 26 x 27 9.1
    DELONGHI Le Cube EN185.M + Aeroccino
    www.delonghi.com.au • 25 x 23 x 32 4.8
    # ECM Botticelli II
    www.ecm-espresso.com.au 41 x 24 x 29 10.8
    # KENWOOD ES630 • • • 37 x 28 x 31 6.4
    KRUPS XP 4050
    www.krups.com • 32 x 25 x 25 6.2
    SOLIS Crema SL 90
    www.diamond-c.co.au • (B) 31 x 28 x 24 7.2
    RANCILIO Miss Silvia
    www.mocopan.com.au 35 x 24 x 29 11.8
    ASCASO Dream M.F
    www.cafefino.com.au • 34 x 24 x 28 6.5
    BREVILLE 800ES
    www.breville.com.au • 32 x 26 x 31 11.2
    LA PAVONI Eurobar De Luxe V230
    www.euroespresso.com.au 30 x 22 x 27 5.5
    VICE VERSA Koala • 31 x 27 x 33 4.7
    BODUM 3020 Euro Granos • 41 x 36 x 32 10.2
    SAECO Via Venezia Espresso
    www.saeco.com.au • 33 x 24 x 29 7
    STARBUCKS Barista • 33 x 24 x 29 7


    Table notes

    # Discontinued. Price & availability check April 2007
    (A) Milk frothing score: Test was done with the froth enhancer removed as this method gave the better result.
    (B) There are 6 pre-set quantities plus manual control.
    (C) Stainless steel version. Also available in red, white and black for $599.

    1 Overall score
    The overall score is a combination of:
    # Coffee making 60%
    # Ease of use 30%
    # Milk frothing 10%

    2 Coffee making
    The coffee was rated by 3 industry professionals for crema colour and thickness, the aroma, flavour, mouth feel and aftertaste of the coffee, and also we assessed how hot the coffee was and temperature consistency when making consecutive cups of coffee.

    3 Ease of use
    Our testers rated the models equally on:
    # Water container access and convenience
    # Filter convenience
    # Controls
    # Ease of cleaning
    # Coffee making operation and handling

    Note: All models have cup warming plate.

    This article last reviewed December 2006
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