Hamilton Beach 40729 Espresso/Cappuccino Maker with Espresso Pod Holder
For $68 bucks it's hard to tell how good or how bad this espresso maker would be from Hamilton Beach. We like the look but have rarely trusted the brand, so we'll have to wait and see if this baby works well. The Hamilton Beach 40729 Espresso Maker features an Italian-style 1100-watt heater and a powerful 15-bar pump. It also works with ground espresso or pre-measured pods and has a simple push-button operation. What we don't like is the 2-cup water reservoir but the adjustable steam/frothing dial and removable drip tray for easy cleanup are both nice. Accessories include scoop/tamper, 2 stainless-steel filters, instructional video, and recipe cards.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at July 10, 2006 8:51 AM
I bought this in May 06 and after a few false starts have been making very good capps and espresso twice a day and at parties using both freshly ground and ESE pods. If I had a $800 for a great machine I'd buy one. Until then this has been fun and really so much better than I expected it to be that for the money I can't imagine anything that can touch it. The local BB&Y had a tasting of Krups, Nespresso, Keurig and Tassimo... no contest. Then I went home and made a lovely capp while I sat down to read SingleServeCoffee.com
Hi, I have one of these machines but here in the UK it's sold by Morphy Richards and is called 'Cafe Merito'. The reservoir holds far more than 2 cups - I think it is around 0.5 litre maybe more. The steamer works very well producing a thick small bubbled 'froth', however the espresso can be a bit hit and miss sometimes giving a good crema then other times it splatters a bit if you don't tamp right or use a poor grind - I'm happy with it as a starter machine and love the latte made from it.