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The Krups EA9010 has replaced a Delonghi Magnifica on my kitchen counter; and before turning it on my counter was grateful that the Krups machine was slightly smaller. Besides being slightly smaller EA9010 also looks really good on the counter. My Magnifica worked beautifully but its size and functions were limitting. The Magnifica made getting a latte or cappucino relatively simple after that you were on your own; though keeping it going was a hands on process. The downside was the milk frothing system; and the temperature of the coffee was often cooler than you would like.
The EA9010 makes the choice of drink something you don't have to think about the production of. A clear easy to read touch screen replaces the plethora of buttons of my old machine with easy to read options for black and white coffees. Its clear with icons representing the drinks and begs you to press the button to deliver the coffee you desire. Once you have chosen what you want you get instructions on the screen on the preparation for your drink (The video below is making a standard Cappucino) the options include various black coffees including americano; and on the whites it has the impossible to make with my magnifiica flat white; If you can't find what you want you can do things manually too.
The difference is what happens when you press Cappucino - it asks how big your cup is; and when you have entered it the machine tells you how much milk to put into the cup (getting this right is important and I will admit to get the measurements right (when you have too much foam as most would likely think of my cup in the picture you can stop it on the touchscreen without stopping the cappuccino from coming - I have bought a measuring cylinder on the second day of having it) - no reservoir of milk to fill, empty and clean anymore. When you press go on the touchscreen; a traditional steaming nozzle descends into your cup; at first it warms the milk tilted at an angle (to make it swirl around) - then straightens and steams the milk to a long lasting foam (i like my cappuccino a bit dry - there is a picture of one from the machine below.) Whilst steaming the machine has ground the beans and when its stopped steaming it pours coffee into the cup resulting in my glorious looking coffee - the first cup i took a photo of an attached below (the thick walled glass cup came as a pair with the machine.)
My first cup was good; and the more i have used it the more i have dialed it in.
Then comes the clever bit; the machine cleans itself ! When you unpack the box there was a water softening cartridge to put into the water tank, and two packs of cleaning liquid - the robotic steaming nozzle has a little bath in the machine and the cleaning liquids end up in the reservoir of waste water. So far my cleaning tasks have been empty the wet and dry bins - no brewing units to scrub anymore.
I have had a huge grin every time I have used the Krups machine so far; the ballet of the cappuccino is still fun to watch. My Delonghi machine made good coffee when i had figured out how to work around its quirks. The Krups made good (and hot) coffee from the first cup. It comes with a thick manual; but once its on the counter turning it on steps you through the setup. The ability for anyone to walk up to it and ask for a flat white and get (a passable rather than good) one without mess or fuss means coffee has become fast and fuss free.