The Mixpresso 15 bar Espresso machine, is a very affordable espresso machine with a milk frother that’s designed to be a simplified version of a professional Cafe style espresso machine. With a one cup or two cup function Mixpresso allows you to enjoy cold lattes, cappuccinos, warm lattes and a host of other coffee beverages while looking great doing it. In addition this handsome machine comes at a welcome price that won’t break the bank. These are our first impressions but read until the end to see if the Mixpresso is just the pep you need most mornings or if the designers need to smell the coffee.
Before drinking up the facts lets look at what actually an espresso machine does.
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What Is An Espresso Machine and What Does it Do?
An espresso machine is a coffee machine that works by brewing coffee with pressure. The pressure in this machine is generated by water boiling at a high temperature and then passing through tightly packed coffee grounds. The espresso machine has a boiler that needs to be heated regularly to keep the coffee warm.
In espresso machines, pressure is measured in bars. A bar is a unit of measurement for the amount of pressure in the water that makes up your espresso. So, one bar of pressure is equivalent to the the amount of pressure the atmosphere would have at sea level. Aficionados disagree whether 15 Bars is better than 20 bars with 20 bars pushing more water at high speed quicker through the grounds. Both options are seen as the standard for home espresso making.
Mixpresso Espresso Maker, 15 Bar Espresso Machine Review
At this budget level a nice touch by Mixpresso is the blue digital display that highlights of you’ve opted for a single or duo of espressos. A central red icon appears or disappears when on or off helping with the fool proof usability.
A detachable clear water reservoir is a useful feature which easily clips in or out and allows you to keep an eye on your water level. With a 37 Oz capacity you won’t have to refill it daily unless you have a large family with cappuccino cravings.
The steam wand is of the pannarello sort which is designed to compensate for smaller boilers – creating a thicker bistro style froth out of micro bubbles. With a well designed rubber grip, the good news is usability is decent and the froth is good enough to indulge in latte art.
Twist the dial on the flank to the right for milk frothing. Add about 110 ml of milk into a steel pitcher which you’ll need to buy separately. The frother wand is made from stainless steel so it won’t rust any time soon. Lattes require more hot milk than froth. Practice makes perfect in achieving the right density of froth to milk. Dip the wand in deeper for froth.
A warming tray on the top of the espresso machine will keep your espresso cups or even your milk pitcher nicely warm while your guests make their way to breakfast.
Dimensions of the Mixpresso 15 Bar Espresso Machine
Another bonus that boasts bragging rights is the footprint the Mixpresso creates on counter tops: With dimensions of 5 x 11 x 12 inches the Mixpresso is about an inch thinner that the much loved De’Longi Dedica and ideal for smaller kitchens.
Power and Speed of The Mixpresso
With 1450 Watts of power this diminutive device punches above its weight with a quicker heating time than most in its class with 1350 Watts being the regular fare. The good thing about latest home machines is that auto temperature control makes our lives easier. With an auto temperature reaching up to 212 F, the steam is ready for frothing milk at quick time.
Extra Nice Features
- A one year warranty included in the box tells you that Mixpresso don’t expect this stainless steel machine to let you down soon.
- At 7.8 Llbs this machine is easily portable.
- A tamper is included.
- Choose a red, gold or black accent color on the stainless steel finish.
Tips of The Day
- Twist the portafilter in securely or you may get water and grounds leakage.
- Clean the removable parts: Drip tray and frother wand and soak in soapy water. 3 times a year run a descaling solution through the machine to clean away residue.
The Mixpresso 15 bar espresso machine with milk frother brings bangs for your bucks. Of stainless steel and with a one year warranty the reassurances are manifold. As home espresso machines go the Mixpresso ticks many of the boxes you’d want including a small footprint, quick heating time, foolproof usability and fun features like the colored digital display. Notwithstanding those plusses, this super steel, device looks devilishly handsome too.
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