Awesome machine and easy to use. I really like that you can steam milk too for cappuccinos. I recommend this to anone that wants a decent espresso machine.
This is my first espresso machine. After a month of casual use, so far so good. Obviously, time will tell, but i’m initially happy with my investment. Not so happy about my slow turn to the dark side of caffeine.
If you are reading this it is because you are considering purchasing this product, because it’s in your price range. Sure there are, i worked behind one for years when i worked at ‘fourbucks’ are there worse ones?. All i can say is, if you are looking for a great machine that produces a great product for under 1000 dollars, you can stop looking and add it to your cart. I also must admit that the design is amazing to. I bought one in that bright glossy orange. Here are the specifications for the DeLonghi Kmix 15 Bars Pump Espresso Maker:
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- Long lasting and durable die-cast aluminum exterior
- Easily prepares latte and cappuccino with the swivel jet frother, for perfect drinks every time
- Use convenient pods or ground coffee with the patented dual function filter holder
- 15 Bar pressure
- Swivel jet frother with adjustable steam emission
Smaller than expected – it’s clearly a single person item.
I am an espresso novice but i’ve been studying my ass off on everything from grind feel, how to pull & time the perfect espresso shot to watching machine & burr grinder reviews. Being unable & probably too inexperienced to afford a rancilio i had decided to try to pick up a deal on a slightly used or refurbished gaggia or francis francis non iper x5, x3 or x1. Dilema, just couldn’t find one than wasn’t older than dirt for under 150. Then miracle of miracles i see the kmix on amazon prime (open box, used like new) for 149. Here’s how my first pull went. I used single origin uganda bugiso (not the freshest beans either) & i was also hindered in that i’m still using a blade grinder. I grind, stop, shake, grind while trying to get the consistency & not heat the grind. First pull was a little fast but triple layers, decent crema and neither sour nor bitter.
Reviews from purchasers :
- Great Espresso Every Time
- Great little unit
- LOVE the Yellow!
I bought this machine to replace my beloved francis francis x5 which lasted for five or six years. I love that this machine has similar features as the francis francis x5:1. You can choose between ese espresso pods or ground espresso2. The steam wand has an optional sleeve to simplify foaming – remember to clean underneath it. The steam function has a dial to open and close the steam vent4. It comes in a bright yellow color – a selection of colors are offered, but i love the yellowit makes espresso just fine and the crema is pretty good. Note: when using ground espresso, you need to remove the holder slowly or the steam/pressure will blow out the used grounds. I place a sponge on the collection tray when removing the holder. I don’t like that the steam wand without the sleeve is really tiny.
Very easy to use, fast compared to the la pavoni, excellent extraction and great crema. Previous revues mentioning brief life spans are worrying, but so far so good.
Bonus,it doesn’t take up a lot of space. Only thing i don’t like is you have to heat up the machine before making your coffee. It does make a very good cup of coffee.
I’ve now had this machine for just over four years. I was initially apprehensive due to reviews saying that the boiler and pump would die quickly, but so far it has performed very reliably with no issues. I do not regularly use the steam wand, mainly just using the espresso function, so maybe if i were to steam more things it would have issues. I have noticed now that it’s getting older it makes some more hissing noises, i assume from gaskets in the initial stages of failure, but otherwise it’s still going strong. If the research pans out that the quality is still good, i anticipate replacing this machine with another kmix when the time comes.
I must have spent five days reading reviews and comparing units before purchasing this for my wife. I wanted to get her something she would love but would also be something of quality. We have had our unit for 6 months now, use it ever day, sometimes twice a day, and its been flawless. Read all of the reviews and i can only assume some people got bad units or they have bad water. We have been very diligent in using only filtered water with ours. My two complaints are that the amount of space between the catch plate and the bottom of the grind housing is quite small. We had to go buy a special cup to make it fit. Also, the steam pipe is a little low. You wont be able to get anything tall in it unless you put the unit at the end of the counter like we did. I only gave it four starts because i would think for the money the spacing issues would have been thought out a little better.
I’ve had this little cutie pie of an espresso maker for a while now, and i love it. It’s cute, compact, and makes the perfect cup of java every time. This is my first machine, and i am happy to say that i now know what ‘crema’ is; and while an investment, this machine has paid for itself with the money i’ve saved from not paying for a $2-$3 a day for coffee. I bought it in bright green for a nice pop o’ color in the kitchen.
I purchased this espresso machine in january of 2012. The metal of the filter has bent. The machine now leaks when turned on and does not produce as much foam.
Awesome machine, we have one in our office and have used it about 20x a day for the last year without any issues (teal blue). I love it so much, i bought one for my home. Aesthetically, i decided to go with the stainless steel model. Unfortuantely, the stainless steel gets so hot i scorched my arm resting it against the machine. The colored models use a composite/plastic material on the side, which protect you from the heating elements inside the machine. Read the instructions, takes a sec to understand the blinky lights. If you really have that much of a problem, maybe you should stick to folgers coffee, classic roast, 48 ounce. You probably don’t deserve to enjoy a delectable shot or two of espresso, and good luck steaming any milk for that latte :).
This espresso machine is very pretty and works fine, but it came dented.
This darling little thing is just what i needed. I received this as a gift from my mother, and after about 6 weeks, i’m thoroughly sold on this. I did have experience on several different commercial-grade machines, so getting the hang of using this wasn’t too hard. I get great steam pressure, which creates awesome foam. I neglected to buy a steam pitcher, but the small pyrex measuring cup that i have does a good enough job of both fitting under the steam wand and leaving room for the liquid to expand. And the machine delivers beautiful crema. I haven’t pulled a bad shot of espresso, yet. A few other reviewers mentioned that the machine was noisy. It’s a little loud, but i moved it to a different space on the counter (away from the flatware drawer) and i barely hear the noise anymore.
After my $500 dollar breville broke after two years, i started shopping around for something good and not insanely expensive. I tried a cheaper version from my local store, and it did not deliver any foam/power. Then, saw this gorgeous little yellow number at crate and barrel and fell in love. Now, i got one for my mom as a gift. Every visitor that uses this machine in my house loves it and can’t believe what great espresso and what powerful foam it yields. A perfect machine that does not cost $1000. The instructions are well designed and simple and the machine is likewise straightforward and excellent. It also looks cuter and takes up half the counter space than most other machines.
I used to own a coffee shop. I wanted to still have the ability to make special coffee drinks. This machine is easy to use and is very versatile.
1 month operation: product was easy to setup. The instcructions are clear. I may need a better coffee grinder to get the fineness needed for the best espresso.
Beautiful machine, easy to use after getting used to it after a few times. I bought it ‘used’ but it was a new display model like brand new. I am not completely satisfied with the coffee it makes especially not having good results with foaming the milk for lattes.
The steamer metal tube is way too short. Otherwise, is a great machine.
I honestly love this machine (works great, it’s fast & easy to use & it’s pink) and i would have given a 5 star review if the water tank was larger & if the filter holders were different, which is my main complaint). The ‘patented dual function filter holder’ provided with the machine comes out of the filter holder too easily and i’m constantly having to dig it out of the trash when i empty it. In fact, one of the 1st times i emptied the filter/filter holder, i didn’t realize that the filter had fallen out until the next day. And now i just have 1 filter instead of 2. Now, i just expect the filter to fall out so i can dig it out so i can do it all over again tomorrow morning.