Coffee version of this for a few years, but it had problems and flaws right from the start. This is definitely an upgrade that was not any more expensive. It’s still kind of a pain to clean the dried milk out of the steam nozzle, but no way around this, i guess.
This espresso maker does a decent job. I had one before that was another brand, but almost identical in build quality and i wouldn’t be surprised if they had been made in the same factory with different branding and exteriors. The other one had items that broke soon, so i’m taking care with this one – especially the clip that holds the filter, i don’t use it. And with the handle that holds the filter, be gentle. I wash out the filter after separating it from the handle. The other one i had broke where the handle meets the metal cup/funnel portion that holds the filter.
Bought the krups allegro for a good friend and the product is excellent thank you for making it available . Here are the specifications for the KRUPS FND111 Allegro Espresso Maker:
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- Easy-to-use, 4-bar steam espresso machine for espresso, cappuccino, and lattes
- Convenient large-capacity carafe with lid and handle equals easy pouring
- Steam nozzle quickly froths milk, easily controlled by oversized dial
- Space-saving design; removable drip tray for easy clean up
- Built-in safety valve provides safe operation
What a great way to start out on espresso machines. I’ve had this for less than a month and i can make vanilla latte’s as good as starbuck’s. It’s easy to use, easy to clean, wonderful to have in my kitchen. Use non fat milk for the best foaming, and enjoy.Can’t beat it for the price, and it’s quality.
This is a great expresso maker, and i’ve been through many. It’s not the fastest one, but it makes great espresso, doesn’t make a mess, i’m not afraid that the seal will fail me soon (which turns a good espresso maker into garbage), it’s cute, it’s compact, and it’s by far the best one for the price. Krups makes the best espresso makers within the reasonably affordable range. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
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- Makes excellent espresso with crema if you DON’T follow the instructions
- Works, but don’t be rough
- Good Value
You don’t really expect to buy an espresso machine for $50, do you?. Krups allegro makes good (not great) strong coffee – usually better than most drip machines. I had it for about 3 years and overall it’s a good snall machine. During this time the pitcher was broken (my favorite glass coffee mug replaced it) and the little plastic piece on the ‘portafilter’ handle fell off (no big deal), but otherwise it still runs like new. My wife forgot to turn it off a few times and realized it some 20 minutes later, and while i expected the heating elements to burn down and die – it survived. The milk frother is a joke if you were thinking of latte art, but maybe acceptable for cappuccino after you learn its limits. So, while krups calls it espresso maker it definitely is not. It lacks the pump to deliver sufficient pressure to make it a real espresso. If you try to make espresso on allegro the way it should be done (get really fine consistent grind coffee tamped to a level ‘brick’, etc. ) allegro will choke on it and the pressure build up will turn it into life-threatening device as it is not build for it.
I have suffered through owning two espresso machines by delonghi. Even though this machine costs half the price of the delonghi machines, it is a far better product, and most definitely a better value. It produces a decent crema, takes up little counter space, and is quite easy to operate and clean. Assuming you can’t afford a much more expensive machine, this is a great way to go. The handles are made of light plastic, but they are durable enough. The steam knob / on switch seems very solid and well constructed.
This is a big improvement over the earlier versions. There is now a red light to warn that it is still on, and makes even better coffee. It has held up to daily use without fail for over a year. Today my glass carafe finally broke. I was hoping that amazon or bbby would have the replacement part, but i have to order it from krupsusa. But now what do i do for the next week while i wait for the carafe arrival?.
This small, simple machine is perfect for making 1-2 servings of espresso or cappucino/latte. If you can work a regular, drip-style coffee-maker then you can work this machine. Simply add coffee, measure and add water, then screw-on the pressure-seal top. If you want espresso, turn to ‘brew’ and in a few minutes you’re done. For cappucino/latte, turn to ‘steam’ first so you can steam your milk first then turn to ‘brew’ to finish the coffee. (i like mixing in some chocolate and/or caramel syrup with the milk first) it’s as simple as thatbe prepared for a little frustration: the steaming wand is small and it only works well with your cup or the tiniest of pitchers. It’s also a bit messy to steam milk. . Krups suggests using a cup to collect the drips on the end of the wand, but i still find a way to get milk all over the countertop. And when your house-guests come over and want a coffee-drink, this machine can only brew 4 ‘italian’ cups or 2 ‘american’ cups at one time. (for me, i can barely stretch it to 2 small servings)after you compare how much you at starbucks for a similar drink, buying this machine and your own coffee is so much cheaper.
One very expensive in the kitchen and this little krups in our coffee bar. This is the second little krups i’ve owned. The first just died after 5 years of use so for the price it’s worth every penny. I use this little one every day and without fail it makes the best latte and steams the perfect chi tea. If you entertain a lot and want to make more than two drinks, this is not the machine for you but if you just make one or two per day then you can’t go wrong. The trick to this machine is to turn the steam nozzel on first and let the water run until it starts to steam, then you can start making your espresso. It makes much better froth this way. Also, the first time you use this machine you will find that the espresso basket overflows so don’t pack coffee too tight the first time. Even though the instructions indicates you should not to pack the coffee, it’ve always packed it and it never fails me.
I fell in love with this little machine when my brother turned me on to his. I couldn’t make enough coffee that weekend, i was hooked. I came home and started shopping for my own, i found it on amazon for $20 less than what he paid for his. It is of course not as fast as a traditional coffee maker but defintiely worth the weight. Fresh beans are key for sure. The lid on the caraffe could be a little better designed, falls into my cup sometimes. Have not used the milk frother yet, i prefer my coffee black, but i have turned it on and it works. It is a simple to use, basic machine that produces an awesome cup of coffee. I highly recommend it for first time espresso machine users. And this is the best price you will find.
Last year i bought an automatic krups espresso maker. I should have taken it back. The pump was totally anemic. One of the most frustrating consumer products i have ever used. I put up with it for a while, then basically i quit using the machine because it was so bad. It has sat in my kitchen unused for months. Last night i threw it out and bought the lower priced fnd111. Years ago i had owned a similiar krups unit. It served me well for many years.
For the price, this machine makes decent lattes. However, espressos are not worth the effort. Furthermore, making a hot coffee with this machine is almost impossible.
Wish it had an auto shutoff. It’s easy to use and small in comparison to other makers.
I am a traveling consultant and coffee addict that ended up on a project in one of these areas in the us that sb did not conquer yet. The closest coffee shop serving decent espresso style coffee is more than an hour away. Driven by withdrawals the 3rd week into my project, i decided to get my own little espresso maker just for the duration of the project. I had it shipped directly to my customer about 6 weeks ago and used it probably a dozen times since. All i can say: was i surprised about the performance of this machinei only drink lattes and had my difficulties to get decent milk froth in the past with different, much pricier machines. The krups fnd111 produces better foam than the $900 la pavoni europiccola professional that we brought from italy and use at home. Of course it does not have a lot of bells and whistles and it is kind of annoying that you can’t remove the steaming nozzle (which will clog if you don’t clean it thoroughly after each use) but in my opinion you can’t beat the value that you get for the buck. Even though i still don’t own it long enough to comment on quality and durability of this machine, i still give it five stars.
I’ve had it, as a secondary machine, for a few weeks now, and still like my old plain bravo better (one on-off button, turn knob to steam, off when milk is done while coffee is still brewing). This one makes ok coffee, but it takes a long time to heat, maybe a minute more than the simple old model, and the knob for steam or brew requires more attention than i like to give to any process before i had my morning coffee. If i had a third hand, maybe i wouldn’t splash the milk while turning the steam on, while trying not to push the whole thing off the counter. The cross-shaped grate at the inlet where you pour water is really annoying – unless you pour really slowly, it will splash back. The long steam nozzle cover is harder to clean than the short rubber one from the bygone years. I used to finish steaming by running it for a couple of seconds in a cup of water: no wiping, never clogged. This one is too long for that trick. I trust krups for quality, but the improvements really aren’t. You end up paying twice as much for complications you don’t need. I am developing a new taste for americanos in the morning, just to keep it simple.
I was disappointed with the typical lack of chinese quality control, the loose fit of parts, and the step down in quality from my previous krups model of the same machine which lasted 5-plus years and was, like this model, not user-serviceable, making it landfill material, unfortunately. The nearest service center is in the next state. However, i attempted to improve the situation by purchasing a machine that cost 3 times the price, made in italy. It was indeed a well-made piece, and used a pump to push the hot water through the grounds, producing the acclaimed ‘crema’ of espresso makers. We made a blind taste test and the krups allegro won out. The italian machine was much more complex to operate and clean. It took longer to produce the four 2-oz. Cups of espresso which the krups will do in very short order. I solved the loose fit of the coffee basket to its gasket by getting a slender o-ring at the hardware store and stretching it around the underside of the basket’s lip.
This is my first espresso machine, and i admit that, if i had experienced more fancy machines, i might have more complaints. Yet, considering the price, i can definitely say that this is a great purchase. It looks and is very durable and sturdy, especially so considering that it is under $50 (even less with the amazon’s $25 discount–when purchased with other stuff). It is very simple to use, and i had no problem in using it in last two months or so–everything worked well. Very happy with this purchase, i have ordered another one for my office. I decided to try a different brand just to see how other ones work–capresso’s mini-s, which is $20 more expensive than this one–and is returning that after the first use. Looked cheap, the machine was unstable, fragile, and hard to operate. But if you make espresso for more than 2, this might not be the best choice. Steam is a bit weak, and i find that it takes a bit long to steam milk. And when i make milk hot, there are already too much foam created, so for the second cup, i had to steam again (i use 20 oz krups mug), which is no big deal for me.
I am a bit of a purist, grind my beans just before brewing etc. , and blend beans to get just the right flavor for me. If you can wait about two minutes for your coffee and are not opposed to making one cup at a time this is a good reliable machine. It uses the force of steam, which strong enough, instead of a pump to drive water through the grounds. You can adjust strength of blend easilly and make a pretty good espresso with only a little practice. I have owned a krups allegro in the past and traded up for a $1250 saeco which gave me nothing but trouble. I had to send the saeco back to the manufacturer every two or three weeks to get it repaired and finnaly threw it away. Then i bought a $150 machine that did not make a very good espresso and only lasted 9 months before the heating element burned out. I bought another allegro recently because i was not willing to risk spending $1500 for a machine that may or may not give me a good cup of coffee. It’s not the quickest espresso maker and would be nice if it had capability to make more than one coffee without starting the process all over for each cup but control of flavor is in the operators hands and it works every time.
This is the 2nd espresso maker of this model that we’ve owned. It is easy to operate and does a good job of making espresso for our lattes. The first machine i owned lasted about 15 years. I then bought a fancier machine that pooped out within a few months, so i went back to the old tried and true. I’m planning on getting another 15 years out of this one.
This is a nice affordable little expresso machine that’s perfect for a household with about 1-2 coffee drinkers. It’s easier then you think if you just read the instructions and take your time. And the heat/taste/aroma all depends on how fine the grind of the beans is, the quality of the beans, the purity of the water you put in it, and whether or not you keep it real clean and make sure everything is tight before you start it up. Also the standard for pressure on a machine is 9 bars and this unit produces at 4-4. If you’re not a carnosaure of espresso i would recommend this unit as long as people remember that they should use filtered water in the unit, only put freshly ground beans into it, and get a metal container to froth milk seperately. (it causes much less of a mess) keep her clean and don’t drop her and if you get one with no defects that works for a while be happy about it. For those of you that are obsessed like i have become. And you eat the little piece of dark chokolate with your little cup of espresso at least once a day. And you can catch every little nuance of every little fraction of a taste in every drop. Then i recommend spending big bucks on an italian model because otherwise you don’t do yourself justice and you shouldn’t be trusting some college student to do it right anyway. This little krups takes up very little room and is not really that confusing considering there is a simple dial on it that shows ‘a cup’, ‘an off sign’, ‘steam being forced into the bottom of a cup’. Even an illiterate idiot could operate this thing coupled with just a tiny bit of logic. And the frothing arm is annoying at first until you learn to just tilt the frothing container properly.