Krups Allegro Espresso Makers

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Krups Allegro Espresso Makers
 
Manufacturer: Krups North America Inc.
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List Price: $75.00
Sale Price: $71.99
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Product Description

Krups FND111 Allegro Espresso Machine, Black & Silver. This easy to operate 4 bar espresso maker quickly makes espresso, cappuccino and lattes.

Product Details

  • Easy-to-use, 4-bar steam espresso machine for espresso, cappuccino, and lattes
  • Convenient large-capacity carafe with lid and handle equals easy pouring
  • Steam nozzle quickly froths milk, easily controlled by oversized dial
  • Space-saving design; removable drip tray for easy clean up
  • Built-in safety valve provides safe operation

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Works great - now used almost daily!
 
Review Date: December 7, 2005
Reviewer: SS, California
So I didn't buy this on amazon but at Crate and Barrel instead where you can return the product should anything go wrong.

That being said, my husband has enjoyed latte's 5-7 times a week now for over a month and the machine works great each time. The one thing you just have to make sure you do is release the pressure in the machine after you've let the machine cool down for some time. If you don't I think the seal would have issues.

Also, the milk steamer should be cleaned periodically with hot water or else you get junk built up on it.

Anyway, it's a great little machine and I love it.
Not bad for the price
 
Review Date: February 12, 2006
Reviewer: DKM, North Carolina
I'm a pretty big coffee snob, but for the price, this is a great machine. One of these days I'll be off a grad-school budget and I'll invest in a nicer one, but this one has served me almost daily for over a year, and I love it. It took me a lot of trial and error (having started off as basic coffee brewer), but I've mastered it and saved reduced my Starbucks costs. Though steam-driven machines like this one don't give you quite the flavor richness of pump-driven machines, adjusting your brewing practices can compensate for the difference:

1. If you will be brewing espresso for entertaining, you may be better off investing in a pump driven/more expensive machine that can continuously brew. However, if you only brew 1-2 drinks at a time, this machine does the trick.

2. When steaming milk, particularly milk with higher fat content or soy milk, the frother nozzle is so narrow it can EASILY get blocked by super small milk droplets that congeal when they cool (1-2 uses is all it takes). When it happens the first time, you'll be convinced, as I was, the machine broke, as the steam's just not coming out even though you hear the water boiling inside. I'm almost positive this was the glitch that some reviewers had. I've taken to briefly switching this machine to the espresso setting long enough to remove the milk from under the nozzle without spattering, then setting it back to the steam setting for 2-3 seconds to blow out any milk that would otherwise congeal. Wiping the nozzle down after use won't get the stuff out from inside (though you can unscrew the bottom part of the nozzle, soak in a cup of warm water and rinse).

3. Invest in the good beans. The stuff in the store rarely cuts it because the beans are dry and there's no telling how long they've been on the shelf. By no means use pre-ground beans designed for coffee makers since they're not ground fine enough (the finer the grounds, the richer the flavor). The only pre-packaged beans I'll buy are ones sold in coffee shops because they're better at switching out older stock. Fresh beans are even better. Stick to bold roasts if you really like the flavor of Starbucks' lattes and caps.

4. If you don't have a grinder at home, have the coffee shop grind your beans for you. You may want to buy a grinder though because freshly ground beans yield a much better flavor (grind for 20-30 seconds to ensure a very fine consistancy).

5. NEVER store your beans in the freezer. Keep them in an air-tight container at room temp. Large spaghetti sauce and/or mason jars are great for this.

6. Milk type makes a big difference. Whole milk gives absolutely the richest flavor, while skim milk gives the flattest. For the health-conscious, a happy middle is the 1-2% line (I'll be first in line at Starbucks when they give me an option other than skim or whole).

7. I typically only brew enough espresso for 1 drink at a time and have found that grinding 2 - 2.5 scoops (the scooper that comes with the machine) of fresh beans, 1.5 - 2 oz of espresso, and 8-9 oz of steamed milk yeilds a pretty Starbucks-worthy latte, especially when you experiment with flavored syrups and spices (I sometimes tap a little cinnamon or nutmeg into the grinder before grinding).

8. Be sure you descale the machine as often as the manual suggests.

Best Little Espresso Machine for the Money!!!
 
Review Date: July 11, 2006
Reviewer: T. Dooley, Connecticut
I don't know what people are complaining about here. This thing makes 4 shots at a time, has a great milk steamer, and is less than $40!

For those that don't know the secrets to steaming: Start the espresso. Let the espresso get about half-way up to the 2-cup mark on the carafe. There's usually a "steam" icon on the side where you should switch over to start steaming the milk. Switch over to "Steam". No water comes out, only steam. You have to do a little work as far as holding the frothing pitcher, and moving it up and down to catch some air to shoot into the milk along with the steam, but it's not rocket science. My 5 year old daughter helps me make my coffee every morning and steams the milk for me.
When the milk is hot enough, switch it back over to espresso, and finish making the coffee...

The real secret is removing the black plastic thingy and just steam using the pipe. Then wipe it with a sponge before the milk dries on it, and you're all set for next time.

I've bought pump machines and other steam machines, and this model (and the Bravo before it) have been the best ones for me. I make 4 quad shot lattes a day on weekdays, more on weekends. I've never had a problem with this machine...
You could spend more . . . but why?
 
Review Date: February 15, 2005
Reviewer: TRH, Colorado Springs, Co., USA
I received this machine for Christmas. I have used it 'numerous' times and to great success. I have certainly used it more than 25 times since Christmas, Yes!!!, I am a coffee power drinker. For the money it is a great little machine! You will have to subscribe to cleaning the milk steamer . . . but this would be true for any machine . . . no matter what the cost. I had concerns about the little plastic cover for the Milk Steamer but it has turned out to work fine. If you wish to spend more then I suppose that's your right, however, why should you spend more if spending less does the same job. I will compare my latte's with any coffee lounge . . . Starbucks, Seattles Best, Pikes Perk, Diedrichs . . . etc.. I have to admit the first time I used it . . . well, it was a mess!!! I had to come up with a method. I also had to augment the setup by getting a decent little metal pitcher to steam the milk in . . . once I got that . . . Life was good!!!
Excellent price for an excellent machine
 
Review Date: June 27, 2005
Reviewer: Jeanine E. Walton, Santa Rosa
I had read some opposing reviews for this machine, so I was a little uncertain how it would be. My last expresso machine was also a Krups and I had it for years without any problem.
I am very happy to say that this machine has been really good. In fact, one thing I noted is that the frothing apparatus works really well and my coffee comes out really hot. I like the separate cover for the frothing stem, it makes it very easy to clean.
I have a stainless steel frothing cup, which works really well. I scored it at a second hand store for about $3.00, which is the deal of the century. The cup makes the froth foam really well. I am very pleased with this and am planning on buying one for my daughter and son-in-law for Christmas.

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