Review: The Kalorik EXP25022 Espresso Machine
I would say that the Kalorik EXP25022 is the best steam-driven coffee maker in it’s category and price range. Although labeled as an “espresso machine” I am personally reluctant to review it as a machine that actually makes espresso, although it does look like, and operate somewhat like, a small espresso machine.
I want to point out to you, as a consumer who may desire to purchase your first espresso machine, that this machine will not produce an espresso shot that comes anywhere close in quality and taste to what an authentic espresso machine will produce. The reason for this is that this machine is steam-driven vs. being pump-driven.
Let me back up a bit. A great espresso is the result of forcing hot water, under pressure, over finely ground coffee beans. The heat and pressure extract all of the soluble oils and flavors from the ground coffee beans. The required pressure to do a good extraction is between 8-9 bars of pressure, which real espresso machines are capable of producing thanks the their powerful pumps. But a steam driven machine relies on pressure created when the water is heated in it’s boiler, producing steam, which pushes the water through the ground coffee. The pressure created by the steam reaches only 1-4 bars, which is insufficient to do a good extraction, and produce the thick golden crema that is the distinction of an authentic espresso shot.
That being said, the Kalorik EXP25022 functions much like a real espresso machine but it lacks the pressure to create a real crema-capped espresso shot. It does, however, make a darn good cup of robust coffee, and for many reviewers and buyers of this machine that is all they are looking for. For additional fun and enjoyment the Kalorik EXP25022 machine includes a swivel jet frother so that you can make cappuccinos, latte, and more with a frothy-milk finish, just like what’s served at your favorite coffeehouse.
And it did get a top rating from the folks at Good Housekeeping.
Here is a list of features you will find for the Kalorik EXP25022 espresso machine:
- 3.5 Bar boiler pressure
- Removeable dishwasher-safe drip tray
- Easy-access function switch for selecting expresso, steam or off position
- Swivel jet steam frother for great cappuccino
- Make 2-4 cups of espresso
- 800 Watt / 120V
- Color: Black
- 1 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty