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Coffee Talk…an actual conversation between me and my wife…
“Hey Hon, let’s try out the new espresso machine.”
“Seriously? How about tomorrow?”
“I work tomorrow night.”
“Fine. Open the box…” My first impression – This thing is pretty compact and contained.
“You read the instructions…I’m not feeling patient right now.”
“Wait. YOU were the one who wanted to do this! Ugh…fine. Okay…safety cord, safety, more safety—the lawyers are happy. Illustration of parts, blah blah blah. Ooh! Removable water tank!”
“Yeah, just pull up on that handle. There, fill it up to the max line. Put it back in place and push down.”
“That was easy. In fact that was easier than any other coffe machine I have seen.”
We pre-warmed everything, did a fine grind on our favorite coffee…
“Okay…full tank, coffee’s ready…hit the ‘On’ Button, it should start flashing. When the light turns steady, hit the ‘espresso’ button.”
“And here goes…” A few seconds later, we each had a delicious cup of espresso. “That might just be the easiest espresso machine we’ve ever dealt with!”
“Monkey Push Button. That easy!”
And so began our love affair with the Capresso Ultima Pro…
I’m a purist, I like a nice straight espresso. Annie likes cappucinos. She decided to play with the milk foamer, it worked perfectly (Love that sound!).
We love espresso, we hate espresso machines. One of our wedding gifts was an espresso maker. It was a large clunky machine, it took up a lot of space and we lived in a small apartment. It had a lot of parts, it was difficult to clean, making the espresso was an involved process, it was actually too much of a process to actually make the espresso. We used it only a few times, for the most part it collected dust on some out-of-the-way shelf. In the end a couple parts went missing rendering the machine useless.
Apparently our complaints aren’t uncommon, and apparently the folks at Capresso listened. It’s a good looking machine, it’s a simple, straight-lined kind of look that I favor, I actually would consider this a showcase item on our counter. I kind of feel like a grown-up with this machine!
It’s a small, compact design. It does not occupy much counter space, no chance of this ever being shelved! The machine has storage built into it for all the parts and accessories, virtually eliminating any chance of losing anything and rendering the machine useless. This is a big deal in my book, Things go missing frequently in our house. The removable tank means the Ultima Pro doesn’t need to be moved or you do not need a pitcher to fill it up.
Finally, it’s so simple to use! As Annie said, “Monkey Push Button”. You literally add water, add coffee and turn it on. It lets you know when it’s ready, and… “Monkey push button”, “Monkey drink espresso, monkey feels a little better about life.
Clean up is a cinch, pop the filter off and rinse it off. Now you are free to hurry out the door to do whatever it is you need to do.
I have only one issue with the machine, the brewing process produces an awful lot of vibration and I found myself having to hold the cups in place because the vibrations would cause the cups to actually wander away from the spout. Perhaps Capresso may want to consider a rubber surface for the cups to sit on.
That’s the only issue, I end up dedicating maybe thirty seconds (less than thirty seconds actually) to holding the cups in place. And in actuality, that’s not even a big criticism. Our espresso cups are clear, so it forces me to watch the Espresso settling into the cup–the tan slowly changing to black is really a pretty lovely thing to watch.
Capresso, with the Ultima Pro Espresso Machine, has restored my faith in espresso machines! The process of making espresso can actually be easy! I am one happy Monkey!