December 19, 2008

Otto Chrome Espresso Maker - Shiny Single Serve Coffee

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We love our single serve coffee and espresso, but we like it even more when it comes out of something very shiny. OTTO is a Stove Top Espresso Maker (and very shiny), combining classic Italian style with the standard stovetop functionality. OTTO is made almost completely of stainless steel promising a lifetime of satisfaction from this modern international design classic. OTTO comes with an OTTO tamper, the OTTO experience DVD providing a barista training session, two Italian designed latte glasses and a stainless milk jug, packaged in a robust premium travel case.

We recommend watching the video, because it contains some actually interesting facts about the OTTO. We really like how easy it is to stack up and add the water and espresso. Also - the milk frother seems to actually work well given it's a stovetop espresso maker. OTTO also reminds us of the Atomic Stovetop espresso and single serve coffee maker. We're not sure if OTTO is based on the Atomic design, but it sure does look like it.

Via Gizmodo at OTTO

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Posted by Jay Brewer at December 19, 2008 8:20 AM

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I have been using the Otto for several weeks now, and there is an experimental learning curve in getting the best cappuccino from it. For what it is worth, here is my experience.

The Otto has two baskets. The espresso basket with many holes for espresso ground coffee, and the supermarket basket with about 30 holes for courser grinds.

Pre ground coffee, even the espresso grind while using supermarket basket, extracts over 60 mls of coffee, tastes terrible, and has limited steam pressure.

Freshly ground coffee beans, with a burr grinder on fine setting using the espresso basket produced more drinkable coffee; 60 mls in 90 seconds, no crema, limited frothing of milk due to low steam pressure that took up to 7 minutes.

Using burr ground beans with the supermarket basket produced 30 mls of espresso in 90s seconds, great steam pressure, milk frothed in a few minutes and produced a very fine cappuccino. Proper extraction and good steam pressure are closely related. With my beans, I was unable to “choke,” the Otto. In the DVD that comes with the Otto, the recommendation was to have about 15 mls of espresso in each glass. You can get up to 30 mls. Other users have more success with the espresso basket, depending on the quality and age of the beans.

I have not managed to get much crema from my current choice of beans. Others have had more success. The light foam that develops at the end of extraction is not crema, it is the product of over extraction starting, so you should remove the collection cup at that point.

So in my experience to get the Otto to work to its full potential, the espresso should be dripping a drop at a time, not pouring out, to get 30 mls to 60 mls total in 90 - 120 seconds before the extraction starts to cut out. If you get too much, you are under extracting and will have limited steam pressure, and just end up with coffee, not espresso.

My reference for what makes a perfect cappuccino is the local hospital cafeteria that is run be an experienced barista having years of experience using a heavy duty commercial machine. The cappuccino from the Otto is not as good as his, but it is better than most of the cappuccinos I have had in other restaurants and cafes.

As the DVD that comes with the Otto states, it is not a pushbutton machine, and it will be somewhat frustrating initially to get the results you want. It took me three weeks to get it in the zone. I will never make filter coffee at home again, the Otto is just so much better. It is expensive relative to a Mocha pot, but that is a coffee maker not an espresso cappuccino maker. To get something better than the Otto means spending three times this again for something like the Rocket.

The website www.coffeecrew.com has a forum and review of the Otto.


Posted by: Michael Lomb at November 23, 2009 4:50 PM

Over $400 for a stovetop espresso maker? Give me a break. You can get a very high quality semi-auto unit for that much.


Posted by: John at December 19, 2008 11:43 PM
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