Kenwood ES547 CafÃ© Retro Espresso 15 bar Silver
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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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|Capacity||—||1.2 litres||1.4 litres||1.4||1 litre||1 litre|
|Item Dimensions||—||26 x 25 x 30 cm||26 x 29 x 31.5 cm||24.2 x 38.2 x 30.5 cm||19 x 24 x 29 cm||23 x 28 x 31 cm|
|Item Weight||—||9.07 kg||4.1 kg||4.43 kg||3 kg||1 kg|
|Material||—||Stainless Steel||Stainless steel||Plastic||Plastic^Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Special Feature||Milk_Frother; Thermal; Cup_Warmer||Cup Warmer; Programmable; Removable Tank||Cup warmer^Indication light^Removable drip tray^Removable water tank^Steam pipe^Water level indicator^Water tank capacity (1.4 L)||Stylish, High performance and High gloss finish||Milk Frother^Removable Tank||Milk Frother; Removable Tank|
|Wattage||—||1,100 watts||1,100 watts||1,100 watts||1,050 watts||900 watts|
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The key factor, the coffee it makes, is however very good.Read more ›
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.
But still, it makes great espresso, quickly and reliably, and it looks great. Just keep some kitchen roll handy.
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...
The coffee that it does make is passable, but not great.
This machine is a great design and looks good sitting in the kitchen, but that's all its good for. All in all don't waste your money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good machine but my frothing tube now seems to be blocked. Does anyone know the best way to clear it?Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A monkey couldn't create a worse machine! My cafe retro began leaking hot water after a month even though it was thoroughly maintained and cared for. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2013 by GP
I previously owned a gaggia coffee machine for many years and when it finally broke down the repair costs were very high so I decided to buy a new machine. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2010 by Sylvia
Started spluttering and generally misbehaving after about 18 months (by then out of guarantee) - NOTE: we have soft water, do the regular cleaning recommended and we use a good... Read morePublished on 13 May 2009 by strudel trigg
used it three, four times a day. Yes it does do the things everyone has mentioned but if you look after it, descale it every two months or so it will crack out great coffee time... Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2009 by skip donahugh
The machine worked well at first. Within a couple of months it started spitting and coffee became inconsistent. Now I have given up. . Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2009 by Robin
I have had this Kenwood Coffee maker for about 2 years now. I love cleaning the dust of it every now and then. It looks lovely on the counter top and everyone admires it. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2008 by D F Corbett
I got one of these for the inlaws and all i can say, compared to mine (woolworths own brand Elevation 15 bar pump machine at £30 and sadly no longer stocked), is:... Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2007 by Dsg Wright
I've owned this machine for about a year now, and admit that I was drawn to the Kenwood because of how cool it looks - it's absolutely gorgeous! Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2007 by N. Davies