The Krups XP4030 Pump Espresso Machine
The Krups XP4030 pump espresso machine is ideal for both the novice and the experienced espresso machine user as its incredibly easy to use but produces premium tasting hot beverages that would impress even the most discerning of espresso drinkers.
The machine features a 15 bar pump which pushes the water through the grounds to create rich tasting espresso with a hearty amount of goldeny crema. And, when my mother and sister come for a visit it's delicious cups of cappuccinos and lattes all around. The Krups XP4030 also includes a special nozzle that diverts the steam for frothing and foaming milk. This steaming function will take an extra minute or so for preheating.
This particular model is definitely a bit on the noisy side and produces quite a bit of steam released into the drip tray, which will fill up after about a week before needing emptied. The reason for the excess steam is the machine is made to cool down quickly and sends some cold water through the system for that very purpose, resulting in a lot of steam. However, this only lasts for a few seconds and it's perfectly normal for pump espresso machines to make noise.
The Krups XP4030 pump espresso machine features a 32 ounce water tank, which is easy to remove for filling or cleaning, but difficult to tell when empty. I do like that the machine only takes 90 seconds for preheating and its orange indicator light lets you know when that time has passed.
If, like my husband, you want your espresso to be as hot as possible, preheating the filter and also your cup with hot water ran through the system first will do the trick. The machine also features a warming area for up to four demitasse size cups, which is really a nice feature to have when entertaining.
In the year and a half that we've owned the Krups XP4030 pump espresso machine it continues to make cafe quality tasting espresso, cappuccinos, and lattes, and thanks to how sturdy the machine is built, I expect to be using it for many more years to come.Editor's note
The key features of the Krups XP4030 pump espresso machine include a thermoblock heating system, a pressurized portafilter, a 15 bar pump.
It is a relatively inexpensive pump espresso machine, but the user reviews are only average. There are other pump espresso machines that cost less and have better reviews.
These include for example the DeLonghi EC155 and Hamilton Beach 40729. For more details about these, please read my article about inexpensive espresso machines.
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