For an affordable starter semi-automatic espresso machine, consider the Krups XP100050 Solo. This is a compact steam machine that produces an espresso with ease of use. There’s even a steam nozzle to let you steam and froth milk for lattes and cappuccinos.
Functionality aside, one of the highlights of this machine is its futuristic, space-saving design. At 11.41" x 9.44"x 11.81" and just under 4.5 pounds, it is a petite appliance perfect for small kitchens. Krups XP100050 Solo Steam Espresso Machine is backed by a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.
- Glass carafe has four-cup capacity
- Removable drip tray for easy cleaning
- Integrated safety valve
- Durable plastic exterior with modern stainless-steel accents
The last Krups I bought did not froth milk very well. The steam pressure didn't hold up long enough to do much. I need to buy another machine and am curious -- what's your experience?
This machine is not pump driven and therefore may not be up to your expectations for steaming. If steam power was not sufficient I would recommend looking at a machine like the Gaggia Espresso Pure. It would give you much better steam pressure. The link can be found below
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