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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good machine, but a few niggles, 1 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Kenwood ES547 Café Retro Espresso 15 bar Silver (Kitchen & Home)
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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