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Kenwood ES547 Café Retro Espresso 15 bar Silver

by Kenwood

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  • Retro design espresso maker
  • Stylish chrome finish
  • Analogue temperature gauge
  • 15 bar pressure for the perfect cup of coffee
  • High-pressure steam nozzle froths milk for the perfect cappuccino
  • Unique Thermocreme feature creates a thick, creamy espresso
  • Double dispenser for more efficient serving
  • Cup warmer

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 10 Kg
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  • Item model number: ES547
  • ASIN: B0001HYH9M
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,115,257 in Kitchen & Home (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Home)
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Manufacturer's Description

If you want an espresso machine that looks fantastic in the kitchen then the Café Retro. It has been designed with toggle switches, illuminated on/off switch and an analogue temperature gauge for a funky look. Its high-pressure steam nozzle froths milk for the perfect cappuccino and the unique Thermocreme feature creates a thick, creamy espresso. An Integral cup warmer and integral cord storage accompany this stylish espresso maker.

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Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By N. Johnson on 1 Aug. 2006
We owned this machine for about a year and a half before we managed to kill it. For the price, it makes a good espresso very quickly with a very good crema - we bought preground coffee for espressos which always worked very well - but is not as ideal as freshly ground obviously. The coffee warmer is a bit of a joke (does NOT warm anything). The temperature dials are fun. Make sure you warm the filter holder first before making coffee as this will help ensure a hotter coffee. The water holder is a bit fiddly as it is inserted from the right hand side and you need to make sure the tubes are properly sitting in it after refilling - it does not hold a huge amount. The frother works very well. We did have problems with the machine after a few months - leaking out of the filter holder and not producing much coffee - also the holder would continue to drip coffee into the cups while waiting for the machine to heat up to steam for frothing - and quite often the cups would get filled before you had a chance to top with milk! On the whole, it is a good first machine with a fun look. We have now upgraded to a Gaggia Classic (a lot more money but very well built and produces great hot coffee - funnily enough the crema is not as thick as the Kenwood's!)
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Donal Buckley on 19 July 2005
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I personally find context can help a review. My context is that while I love coffee, obviously, I drink very little, typically 1 or 2 a day, and usually americanos at that. However I travel in europe a lot and was increasingly finding myself drawn by the very good coffee I regularly experienced.
After much soul-searching, I opted for the Cafe Retro, aided by a Father's Day voucher. As an engineer, I loved the design, something missing in most of those I looked at, and the price seemed very competitive.
Having had it a few weeks here are my first impressions:
Size: fits well into the kitchen without being overwhelming.
Manufacture & design: Has a nice feel. The lights look well but if your kitchen catches the sun they are useless as you can't tell whether they are on or off. And the main power on light is on the opposite side (the off side) of the switch when the machine is actually switched on, a stupid mistake. The water reservoir seems small at 0.75 ltr but since this mahine is for espressos, it's quite sufficient. The steam attachment is fine, no quibbles there.
The machine seems to heat up quite quickly, in fact quickly enough that the cup-warmer doesn't really, warm cups that is, and that's just an espresso cup. I recommend some boiling water in the cup beforehand. Warming the filter holder (as the manual says) before putting in coffee is also essential, otherwise the coffee will be too cool.
Using a finely ground filter coffee is essential. I already had a very good Moulinex blade grinder but it is just not sufficient for grinding fine enough for this, so if you intend grinding your own, then factor in the cost of a burr grinder, hard to find and around stg£50 or £60.
Coffee:
The key factor, the coffee it makes, is however very good.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Feb. 2006
I've had this coffee machine for a couple of years now, and I'm writing this review because others here, in their new-purchase glee, have overlooked some glaring design faults. Let me start by saying, however, that I think it's great-looking and decently priced. The coffee it makes, likewise, is not bad.
Overall, though, it's a pretty irritating thing to own. For one thing it spews, dribbles and spits for a good few minutes after you've turned it off. Most of it goes into the drip tray, where it goes mouldy very quickly, but a lot simply stands on the upper tray where you want to put a clean cup for the next serving.
Its other major fault is the design of the little pot which you load with fresh coffee. It comprises two bowls, one which fits snugly inside the other. They interlock a bit like a bayonet bulb and light fitting. Unlike a vastly cheaper machine I used to have (which didn't drip either), after serving this one doesn't eject a pellet-like disc of dryish coffee grounds at the push of a button. Instead you're left with a bowl of dark watery slop. Unless you're anal enough to take a teaspoon to it and empty this mess out bit by bit, chances are you'll turn the thing upside down and belt it on the side of your bin. When you do you'll find that three times out of ten the bayonet fitting will come loose and the inner bowl will fly off into the leftovers from last night's curry. This fault needs urgent attention.
Oh, and the cup-warmer? It's purely cosmetic: it never gets warm.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JJ on 24 Jun. 2006
....and I still think it's great. Most of the criticisms in the other reviews are true - the cup warmer dosen't, the machine does drip for ages after it's made coffee, and trying to tip the used grounds in to a bin is not going to happen (just wash them down the sink).

But still, it makes great espresso, quickly and reliably, and it looks great. Just keep some kitchen roll handy.
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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful By "oliverdavies" on 22 Dec. 2004
Ok, I admit it - I fell in love with the Kenwood Cafe Retro as soon as I saw it. The curves, the flick switches, the cute little analogue temperature gauge; they all made me think how great this machine would look in my kitchen. But of course, looks aren't everything and a coffee machine that doesn't make great coffee really is rather pointless, no matter how nice it looks (unless, I guess, you're allergic to coffee and you want it simply as an ornament!).
Thankfully, the Cafe Retro squarely delivers on the taste front! Wonderfully smooth espresso that is extremely authentic, even when using supermarket pre-ground coffee. My next step will be to get myself a burr grinder to see just how much better it can get!
It heats up extremely quickly from a cold start and also has a milk frother which can be used to make cappuccinos. All in all, I can have no complaints about the ES547 - it looks great and, most importantly, makes great tasting coffee. I'd definitely recommend it; it delivers better coffee than many machines that are more than twice the price...
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