January 18, 2012

Review: CBTL Americano Single Serve Coffee, Espresso, and Hot Beverage System

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CBTL has introduced the Americano single serve coffee, espresso, and hot beverage system recently, and it's packed with features you'll love in a single serve coffee maker. We received the CBTL system from them (thanks for sending) a few weeks ago and have been using it daily since. The machine look and feel is modern, and there's even an adjustable cup stand that just makes sense when you make coffee, espresso, and also hot chocolate with such a machine. We also really love the fact you can use a really tall travel mug to make coffee to go.

Features of the CBTL Americano Single Serve Coffee and Espresso Maker

  • Twin pressure system provides high pressure (15 bar) for espresso or low (3.5 bar) for coffee and tea
  • Features automatic beverage proportioning
  • 51 oz water tank
  • Automatic capsule ejection
  • Large used capsule storage
  • Energy saving features
  • Colors: Saphire Black, Admiral Red and Titanium Silver
  • Uses coffee capsules to make coffees
  • Flavored powders are available to mix with hot water for cocoa etc.
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The water tank is huge and easy to fill.

We think the water tank is both easy to use and enormous. It's nice to see a well designed but large tank and the overall machine feels solid but we would like to see it feel maybe a bit more premium. At $149.99 you expect the machine to be higher end feeling, and it doesn't let you down on the controls, but the front black plastic feels a bit too shiny.

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It's no Apple product, but the machine is boxed up tight
and the capsules and other items are at the bottom.

Brewing Espresso and Coffee with the CBTL Americano

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You get a little taste of the wide selection of coffees, espresso, and powders available.  

Using the CBTL Americano is really easy. You simply pick a coffee or espresso capsule you want to use, and then raise the level ejecting the previous capsule into the storage bin. The new capsule is place in the top, and you then pull down the lever which puts the capsule into place and then push the beverage button of your choice.

The single serve capsules are packaged 10 per box with a retail price of $5.50. Flavors include four espressos, four coffees and four teas: Italian Espresso; Continental Espresso; Premium Espresso; Premium Decaf Espresso; Viennese Brew; French Brew; House Brew; House Decaf Brew; Chai Tea; English Breakfast Tea; Tropical Passion Tea; and Moroccan Mint Tea. In addition, exclusive powders - the French Deluxe Vanilla and Special Dutch Chocolate - are sold in single serve sachets.

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You get an 8, 10, 12, long and short espresso plus iced coffee setting.

We received a variety of capsule with the machine to try and really enjoyed all the varieties of capsules. The Americano can brew a short and long espresso, as well as an 8, 10 and 12-ounce coffee, and a 9-ounce "Iced coffee" setting. We didn't try and iced coffees (as it's 10 degrees out right now), but we did try a bunch of different coffees and espressos.

Here's a sampling of what we tried:


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One of the best coffees - the French Brew from CBTL is a classic.

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Coffee produced will have a nice creamy top.

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The house brew is mild and inviting and will please a wide range of coffee drinkers.

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The Premium Espresso is bold and does the job.


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You'll get excellent crema on the top and the taste and temperature is just right.

Features We Think Make the CBTL Americano Stand Out

We have to say the coffee cup stand. It has 3 different places to place it in the front of the machine for espresso, coffee, and travel mugs or tall coffee mugs. Great design and great idea.


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The coffee stand has 3 height settings.

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You can use a tall travel mug with the CBTL Americano.

Final Thoughts on the CBTL Americano

This is an excellent single serve coffee and espresso maker. We did also try some of the powders - the cocoa and it was good as well. The design of the machine is well thought out, with the water reservoir standing out as large at 51 oz. We think the coffees and teas produced all had amazing flavor, and the ease of use because of the coffee capsules make this a great way to get more coffee variety into your life.

We also can't tell you how much it means to have a machine designed to fit almost any coffee mug or travel mug. The ability for the machine to enhance your life but not take away your favorite coffee cups is one many of the other single serve coffee makers could learn from.

The Americano is available at Bed Bath and Beyond as well as online at CBTL.com. Thanks again to CBTL for sending us the Americano to review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at January 18, 2012 8:12 AM

Recent Comments

Fantastic machine and delicious espresso coffee and teas. Premium all the way. Leaves other systems in the dust...


Posted by: Jal at March 22, 2013 11:53 PM

I forgot...I really just wanted to try this machine as my Kuerig kcup is on the fritz (they're sending a new one) I was really planning on going to the Vue unless the CBTL is great. Any comments or opionions on Vue vs Americano? (i'm not really an espresso drinker)


Posted by: Ken at March 14, 2012 12:46 AM

Where do you find 10 pods for $5.50? I've only seen the 16 packs for $10.99 at BBB & Target (which is much more expensive)


Posted by: Ken at March 14, 2012 12:43 AM

great review, I just bought the americano and I love it. everything you said is true. you can also get this machine at target now also.
if you go online you can order hot chocolate capsules and e-milky capsules from caffitaly.


Posted by: liz at February 10, 2012 6:45 PM

Great review and I agree wholeheartedly. In fact, I ordered two of them, one I received for Christmas and after using it for a few weeks, I ordered another last week for my office at work. Now I can retire the Keurig and Nespresso. BTW, I ordered mine from ShopNBC for $98.61 which includes a 52 capsule sampler pack and hand frother.


Posted by: Steven at January 18, 2012 10:14 AM
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