KRUPS ESPRESSO EA8250
$1,499, from Tangs, Takashimaya D.S. and selected Best Denki, Courts and Harvey Norman stores Bean container: 275g Water tank: 1.8 litres BREWING THE COFFEE Like the Jura Ena, this machine was a cinch to make espresso with. Instructions on the LCD screen were clear, whether it was to refill the bean bin or empty the drip tray. I could easily choose my java – espresso, espresso strong, coffee or long black – by turning a dial. I could also choose the amount of coffee I wanted – from 10ml to 120ml (in 10ml intervals) – but it didn’t store my preference. However, the height-adjustable spout stopped short at 10.5cm, so my regular 11cm-tall cup could not fit. It also could not dispense two cups of coffee at once. FROTHING THE MILK I could froth milk by sticking the wand into my cup. Or I could pour the milk into a detachable stainless steel bottle, then turn a lever to choose milk for latte or cappuccino. The milk is then drawn from the bottle, frothed and dispensed into my cup. The foam for cappuccino was more bubbly than the Jura Ena’s. CLEANING UP The dump box has to be removed from the side, restricting me from placing another appliance next to it. The water tank sits at the back, and is not as convenient to remove as that of the De’longhi Magnifica. EXTRA FEATURES It has a small cup warmer for two regular mugs or three small cups. There’s no ground coffee compartment – it’s beans-only for this machine. VERDICT A fuss-free machine that makes a pretty good brew despite minor misses.