For millions – if not billions – of people worldwide, coffee is a big deal. In America, over half of all adults drink at least a cup every day. A whopping thirty million of those Americans say they drink so-called "specialty" beverages daily — your latte, cappuccino, etc. This kind of expensive taste, if satiated by a purchase from a barista, can get quite costly: a $4 drink, consumed say, 5 days a week, would cost an individual $1,040 yearly. If you're someone who can't go without some steamed dairy in your java, an espresso machine is more than an extravagant luxury — it can actually be a sensible financial decision. Of course, you'd have to be a pretty consistent Starbucks customer (or perhaps just an excellent rationalizer) to reach such a conclusion about the Krups Barista One-Touch, an expensive but highly automated machine, fitted with all of the bells and whistles needed to deliver your morning, afternoon, and evening caffeine, your way.
The Krups Barista One-Touch really can do it all. Load pre-ground coffee, or throw some whole beans into the top and send it through the built-in grinder for a nice, fresh grind. Once the beans are loaded in, the main draw of the Barista One-Touch is at the forefront; using the simple LCD interface, you can select from a wide variety of exotic coffee beverages, from the classic espresso to one of its many variations, such as the doppio (double shot) or the lungo (too picayune a distinction from other, similar beverages for a non-barista to explain competently). The technological wizardry built into this machine eclipses mere beverage preparation, extending to such luxurious features as the Barista One-Touch's self-cleaning function (though some upkeep is still required).
While the Krups Barista One-Touch may not be the most practical or affordable home coffee solution for everyone, it is certainly an excellent treat for those who can swing it. And if you're one of the lucky few in the latter category, and this review turned you onto the Barista One-Touch, might this author humbly suggest meeting for a cup at your place?
I like the ease of use the easy cleanup but most importantly I like the taste of the cappucino made from this machine.
I love the machine. The instructions were slightly complicated and the machine takes a lot of work to setup, but once its ready to use, oh boy the cappuccinos are delicious.
You can select coffee temperature, milk temp. and change milk frothing time. All coffee drinks are superb and best of all it cleans itself.
I've tried lots of high end bean to cup machines in the search of one that produces a hot cappuccino and have finally found it - this machine is great!
The milk frothing function is excellent and so very easy. It creates a very nice microfoam with an excellent consistency, and it truly cleans up the milk after frothing.
The mechanism is much quieter than the Silvia/Rocky, the self-cleaning is great, there is never a mess to clean up. It makes amazing foam and is fun to watch.
I made a cappuccino on the first go and the machine itself walks you through the process on the handy touchscreen and it even comes with its own handy cups.