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Capresso Ultima - Betsy Zajko's Review
Posted: February 9, 2003, 1:06pm
review rating: 5.0
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Capresso Ultima Espresso Machine
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Arrow The Capresso Ultima has 6 Reviews
Arrow The Capresso Ultima has been rated 6.63 overall by our member reviewers
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Andrew Kleeger 9.00
Jacob McDonald 6.60
Anthony Raimondo 6.00
Pam Day 5.40
Betsy Zajko 5.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.4
Manufacturer: Capresso Quality: 3
Average Price: $275.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $100.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: www.craigslist.org Aesthetics 4
Owned for: 3 months Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: La Pavoni P16 Romantica
Bottom Line: For the right price, it's worthy as long as you don't want froth.
Positive Product Points

The Ultima is incredibly convenient,easy to use and clean, and it makes a good espresso shot with a tad of crema.

Negative Product Points

The frother is difficult to use and doesn't heat up properly.  I end up heating my milk in a microwave and never using the froth wand.

Detailed Commentary

The reason I am happy with this machine is because I bought it like new for $100 (1/4 of the $400 ticket price).  The best thing is that it is totally self contained and you never have to deal with messy grounds--it has its own internal bin where the grounds are disposed.  You just pour a scoop of new grounds into the chamber, turn the handle, and you're ready to pump a shot.  The espresso shot is fine and I can even get a good crema sometimes.  The only bad thing about the machine is the inability to make froth.  This component of the design is totally non-functional.  Luke warm water pours out of the steam wand and barely gets hot enough to make enough steam to even heat the milk, let alone make froth.

Buying Experience

I found it for sale on Craigslist.org for $100.   I love that!!  It is not worth the typical retail price of $399. Don't pay more than $100.

Three Month Followup

I stand by what I wrote.  After three months I'm still very happy with this machine.  And still puzzled as to why such a great design ended up with a frothing wand system that doesn't work.

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