Description and Review
KRUPS EA8250 Review
Inspired by professional baristas, the Krups EA8250 sets a reference point in super automatic coffee machines. Equipped with many innovations such as the Patented Compact Thermoblock System (CTS) promises a lot of potential. Built in there is a bean hopper of almost 9 oz. capacity and an adequate 60 oz. transparent water tank, that is also removable. An LCD screen at front is the center of adjustments, which range from temperature or water levels to grinding fineness.
A cup warming tray is placed on top which can keep you cups warm before brewing. At the bottom you can see a typical metal drip tray which can be removed for easy cleaning. In case you make an espresso or latte which means the glass size will be different, you can adjust the nozzle height. The frothing wand can be used manually or optimized for latte or cappuccino milk froth, by means of a supplementary device. This is actually a stainless steel milk tank that is connected with a tube and a frothing adjuster.
Auto On/Off programmable feature has been added to have your water ready in the morning and switch off after leave. Of course it makes use of conical steel burrs for reliability and consistency. Notably the complete package comes in a surprisingly tiny footprint that is not typical of fully automatic espresso machines.
We were tempted to use is its automatic frothing option, so we attempted to make a milk froth. So we connected the filled with milk tank to the frothing wand and placed a glass cup under the tube to collect the froth. After pressing the steam button the LCD screen informs you about the preheating process and time required, which can be adjusted. Soon the countdown started and freshly milk froth got out of the tube, into our glass cup. The result was almost perfect just what you would expect of a professional barista’s hand.
Now it was the moment for the espresso making and time to see its potential in doing so. Placing the glass cup under the nozzle and setting the appropriate height we selected the output volume on the LCD. After a swift pre infusion coffee started pouring out until the whole cup was filled with about two oz. That is the approximate size of a double espresso. Pretty layers setup in the cup that looked like an artistic design. Exceptional taste and really hot coffee proved that the patented thermoblock system does its job well.
What is kind of unpleasant is the excess of plastic at front, but that is what you get at this price range. In addition a strange event occurred a couple of times. The machine performed maintenance during brewing session so the coffee was not complete and mixed with plain water. Furthermore the beans like to be pushed at the end if you need to make use of them all. Its flat hopper bottom doesn’t help to collect them efficiently, which is something usual in fully automatic machines, as they are designed for reduced volume. So if the hopper would be typical conical it would take more height.
If you want the best for your buck from a completely automatic espresso machine, then you can strongly consider this one. It does not carry the finest quality parts so its reliability could be questionable in the long term, but so far turned out as fast, precise and easy to setup. Its noise levels are on the high side, which discloses the plethora of plastic used. Finally, keep in mind that this machine will not accept pre ground coffee. But why buy such a powerhouse if you want to use pre ground after all?
- Multi Adjustable
- All in One
- Slightly Noisy
- Software Bugs
- Plastic Plethora