Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections
(Page 3 of 4)

TESTING

Espresso Machines Pouplar Gifts

December 13, 1990|JOAN DRAKE | TIMES FOOD MANAGING EDITOR

Company also markets the Caffe Espresso model, a pump system machine for $169, which was not evaluated.

Available at: Adray's in Los Angeles, Van Nuys and Torrance.

GAGGIA--Manufactured in Italy.

Fantastico II and Baby Gaggia also available in white. Espresso available only in white.

Company also makes other models.

Gaggia Fantastico II available at: Gloria Jeans, Thousand Oaks; Cook's Corner, San Diego; Claremont Tea and Coffee, Claremont; Cook's Works, West Los Angeles; Kitchen Collection, Huntington Beach.

Gaggia Espresso available at: Cafe Noir, Rolling Hills; Gloria Jeans, Thousand Oaks; Coffee and Things, Canoga Park; Cook's Corner, San Diego; Claremont Tea and Coffee, Claremont; Kitchen Collection, Huntington Beach.

Gaggia Baby available at: Coffee Junction, Tarzana; Crown Hardware, Costa Mesa; Coffee and Things, Canoga Park; Coffee Roaster, Sherman Oaks.

KRUPS--Manufacturered in Switzerland.

Il Primo is also available in white.

L'Espresso Plus available in black. Comes with five boxes (100 servings) of espresso pods.

Company also markets several other models.

Available at: Bullock's department stores, Robinson's department stores, May Co . and Broadway department stores.

MAXIM--Manufactured in Hong Kong. Also available in white.

Company also markets other models.

Available at: Bullock's department stores, May Co . and Robinson's department stores.

RANCILIO--Manufactured in Italy. Also available in white/red.

Company also markets other models.

Will be available in January at: The Brewery, Santa Monica; Kitchen Things stores in Orange County.

A similar machine with additional features is offered for $500 at Graffeo, Beverly Hills.

ROTEL--Manufactured in Switzerland. White only.

Company also makes other models.

Available at: Jurgensen's Grocery Co . stores; Kitchen World, Santa Monica Place; A Store for Cooks, Laguna Niguel.

SALTON--Manufactured in Switzerland. Also available in white.

Company also markets several other models.

Available at: Bullock's department stores, May Co . and Robinson's department stores.

SPIDEM CAPPUCCINO EXPRESS--Manufactured in Italy. Also available in white.

Not available in Southern California, but may be ordered from Pacific Espresso, 623 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, Calif. 95062, (408) 429-1920.

PRODUCT COMPARISON

Make & Model: Braun (7) Espresso Master, Model E200T (black)

Price: $119 to $129.

Features: Steam system; "Turbo Cappuccino" attachment; glass carafe; brew basket guard; two-up adapter; steam-only setting; removable drip tray; cord storage underneath.

Comments: Best feature: Easy to use.

Biggest drawback: company representative had trouble operating frother on first machine -- may have been assembled incorrectly. Second unit performed without problems.

Make & Model: Cafe Amore (5) Neon, Model 30210

Price: $200. (blue neon/black body)

Features: Steam system; one to six cup capacity with turn off value; independent coffee and steam valves; flashing neon indicates readiness.

Comments: Best feature: Coffee valve permits making one to six cups at a time.

Biggest drawback: First machine tested had faulty coffee valve, however manufacturer provided second unit which performed without problems.

Make & Model: Gaggia (3) Fantastico II, Model 42029 (black)

Price: $100.

Features: Steam system; "Turbo Frother" steam jet; glass carafe; two-cup adapter.

Comments: Best feature: Easy to use.

Biggest drawback: Very short cord (designed for safety) necessitates unit be placed every near outlet or use of extension cord.

Make & Model: Krups (8) II Primo, Model 972-42 (black)

Price: $99.

Features: Steam system; "Perfect Froth" attachment; glass carafe; two-cup adapter; brew basket guard; cord storage underneath.

Comments: Best feature: Frothing attachment produced greatest volume of steam units tested.

Biggest Drawback: Frother has limited depth clearance.

Make & Model: Maxim (6) Expres, Model EX-152 (black)

Price: $60.

Features: Steam system; filter basket guard; cord storage underneath; package includes cups and an instruction video tape.

Comments: Best feature: Produced optimum amount of espresso plus steam for frothing.

Biggest drawback: Filter basket guard is very flimsy.

Make & Model: Salton (4) Espresso/Cappuccino Maker, Model EX-8BLK (black)

Price: $70.

Features: Steam system; two-cup adapter; cord storage underneath.

Comments: Best feature: Produced optimum amount of espresso plus steam for frothing.

Biggest drawback: Nothing significant.

Make & Model: Cuisinart (13) Espresso/Cappuccino, Model EPM7 (white) and EPM7B (black)

Features: Pump system; water softening filter; super-cream disc; see-through reservoir; suction-cup feet; cord storage in black; built in tamper.

Comments: Best feature: Built in tamper.

Biggest drawback: Brew basket refused to engage after initial test so further evaluation was impossible.

Make & Model: DeLonghi (12) Bar Espresso/Cappuccino, Model BAR

Price: $219.

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|