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Krups XP100050 Review

 
KRUPS XP100050 Steam Espresso Machine with Frothing Nozzle for Cappuccino
KRUPS XP100050 Steam Espresso Machine with Frothing Nozzle for Cappuccino
KRUPS XP100050 Steam Espresso Machine with Frothing Nozzle for Cappuccino

 
Overview
 

Machine Type:
 
Espresso Type:
 
Capacity: 4 cups
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Taste
 
 
 
 
 


 
Total Score
 
 
 
 
 
3.5/ 5


 

Product Features


  • 4-bar steam design.
  • Semi-automatic.
  • 3 way switch knob.
  • 4-cup glass carafe.
  • Steam nozzle for frothing milk.
  • Removable drip tray.
  • Safety valve in cap.
  • 2 year worldwide warranty.


  • Brief Summary

    The Krups XP100050 is a compact espresso machine that has a number of attractive features. This steam driven machine let you brew up to 4 cups of espresso at once which is great if you have guests over for a cup of espresso or cappuccino. The steam wand let you make delicious frothed milk for your cappuccinos and lattes. This one of the smallest espresso machines I have come across.

    Posted July 31, 2014 by

     
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    hen I first unpacked my new Krups XP100050 I was surprised how small it was. The compact design makes it perfect for kitchen countertops that are already crowded by other appliances. The size makes it even suitable from the office as well. It doesn’t take up much space at all and it looks quite good with its black finish.

    Even though the machine is mainly made of plastic it still doesn’t feel cheap. Details like the chrome “rail” around the cup holder at the top improves the overall look significantly. The cup holder can hold about 2 to 3 small espresso cups, but unfortunately it is not heated. Although, if you leave the cups there while brewing they get warm due to heat from the boiler and steam from the brewing process. Enough about the looks, let’s see how this machine brews espresso.

     Before brewing your first cups of espresso remember to run a cycle or two with only water. The machine has a plastic smell/ odor when it is new, but it was more or less gone by the time I have done the second cycle.

    Preparing the XP100050

    The first thing you need to do is to fill up the water reservoir or boiler with water, but only the amount you need. The manual specify that you should use 2 oz. of water per scoop of grounds for a strong cup of coffee and 3-4 oz. if you want it to be milder.

    After using the machine a few times I have figured out that you need to add an extra 2 oz. of water to get the right amount. I guess some of the water evaporates and disappears during the buildup of pressure. If you plan on using the steam wand, remember to add a bit more (2 oz.) as well.

    Make espresso and lattes with Krups XP100050The reservoir/ boiler can hold about 14 oz. which should be enough for 4 cups of espresso and frothing milk for your cappuccinos and lattes. Although, the capacity is a bit limiting if you like to make 4 cups of mild espresso and use the steam wand in one go.

    The cap for the boiler needs to be screwed tightly in place or the machine won’t be able to build up any pressure. If you peek underneath the cap you will see the pressure relief valve, which is a handy feature if something goes wrong.

    The boiler is made of aluminum and has a 750 wattage heating element which does a good job of quickly heating the water and build up pressure.

    The portafilter

    Next step is to add coffee grounds to the portafilter. The spoon that comes in the package can be used to measure the amount of grounds you need. One full spoon equals one cup of espresso.  The metal filter can of course hold enough grounds for 4 cups of espresso and has clear markings inside for both 2 and 4 cups.

    In the manual it says that you can use the spoon as a tamper as well. This works alright if you are not making a single shot. The spoon is not deep enough to even touch the grounds for a single shot so you won’t be able to tamp the grounds at all. A bit disappointing to say the least. I recommend that you get a proper metal tamper instead. I have acquired a 1.75” tamper for a few bucks and it works great with this filter.

    Pulling my first shot

    Although it took a bit of time before I was able to learn the ins and outs of how the entire system worked, it is a truly efficient and convenient espresso machine and works very well. From start to finish it took me about 10 minutes to make 4 cups of espresso without frothing any milk. I am quite pleased with how fast it manages to produce the espresso shots and it is very quiet compared to pump driven machines.

    If you plan on making cappuccinos or lattes, make sure you brew the espresso shots first or the milk will cool down too much before you are done brewing. You surely don’t want a lukewarm beverage!

    When brewing, the espresso doesn’t come out in a steady stream. It stutters and spits out the espresso infrequently. I initially thought I had run out of water or there were something wrong with the machine. It can also be hard to figure out when the machine is done due to the infrequent pauses. Now I only look at the volume of espresso brewed to determine when it is finished or not.

    The result is a strong espresso that tastes nice. I wouldn’t call it a gourmet espresso shot since it is missing the delicious crema on top. The crema is literally non-existence. I therefore would only recommend this Krups XP100050 machine to people who mainly drink milk based beverages, like lattes and cappuccinos. This brings us to the frothing/ steam wand.

    Frothing wand

    Krups XP1000 steaming milkI am actually quite pleased with the frothing wand, it does a good job. It might take a bit more time to steam milk than my previous machine, but in its defense this machine is much smaller. The clearance from the nozzle to the counter top is sufficient for my pitcher which can hold enough steamed milk for four cappuccinos.

    My only complaint about the frothing wand is that it is fixed and it is placed a bit too close to the machine. This makes it somewhat awkward to use.

    The frothing nozzle (plastic part) can be removed and washed easily.

    Remember to let out the rest of the steam/ pressure from the machine when you are finished. You can either do this by using the brewing function or the steam wand. I usually let the pressure out through the wand which will at the same time flush out any milk and clean it.

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    Krups XP100050 parts

    Making specialty drinks at home

    The entire reason I purchased this espresso machine was so I could make specialty coffee drinks in the comfort of my own home without having to go to an overpriced coffee shop. This machine is extremely versatile in its ability to make anything from espresso to lattes and it is does it quickly. Considering the price tag on this machine, it is really an excellent deal overall.

    Conclusion

    Overall the Krups XP100050 espresso machine is a good investment for those who are looking for a fast and efficient way to go about making espresso, cappuccino, and lattes. One of the things I liked most about this machine is the fact that it uses a very simple and straightforward process to make espresso and the end product is still highly enjoyable. While I am disappointed about the lack of crema on the espresso shot I still like this machine a lot. Anyone who mainly drink milk based beverages and doesn’t want to spend an outrageous amount on a new espresso machine will certainly need to consider this option.

    Pros
    • Inexpensive.
    • Compact design.
    • Easy to use.
    Cons
    • No crema.
    • Not a proper tamper.

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