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I own a countertop espresso machine. It brews excellent coffee and includes a milk frother that comes in handy whenever I whip up a latte or cappuccino.
This device, however, occupies so much of my limited counter space that I've been forced to store my beloved air fryer on a kitchen table chair.
Today I am testing a potential replacement. The Cyetus Instant Heating Coffee Machine demands little space and, according to the manufacturer, can pump out a delicious serving of espresso within a few short seconds.
This espresso maker is sheathed in white plastic with gold trim and includes a translucent water tank and cup. It is 17.3 inches tall, although when storing the machine at the back of my counter, I normally reduce its height by removing the water tank. This AC-powered device is six inches wide and six inches deep.
The snugly fitting plastic tank feeds water to the main body, where it is quickly heated to 94°C under 19 bars of pressure. This water is forced into one of the three specialized coffee chambers provided with the espresso maker. These chambers allow the use of ground coffee, Nespresso capsules, and Dolce Gusto capsules. The brewed coffee then drips into the cup below.
Three front-mounted buttons are used to select a serving of 1.5, 3, or 5.4 ounces. A lever at the side of the device locks the fitted coffee chamber firmly in place.
- Brand: Cyetus
- Name: 4-in-1 Espresso Coffee Machine
- Model: GC-DP010
- Weight: 1.322 kilograms (46.6 ounces)
- Dimensions: 44 x 15.2 x 15.2 centimeters (17.3 x 6 x 6 inches)
- Control panel: Allows selection of either 45, 90, or 160ml (1.5, 3, or 5.4 ounces)
- Filters: Ground coffee, Nespresso capsule, and Dolce Gusto capsule chambers
- Water tank capacity: 300 milliliters (10 fluid ounces)
- Pressure: 19 Bar
- Power: 1500 Watts
- Power cord length: 76 centimeters (30 inches)
This is a great-looking device that is sure to attract attention. It is designed to occupy as little of your limited counter space as possible.
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Pressure and Temperature
Water heated to a temperature between 90-95°C and pushed through finely-ground coffee at a pressure of 130 psi produces the best espresso.
Coffee machine pressure is rated in bars. One bar equals 14.7 psi, 9 bars equal 130 psi, and 19 bars equal 279.3 psi. Coffee machines intended for home use are typically rated at 15 - 19 bars at the pump. As the water travels onward toward the brew head, pressure decreases to an optimal rating of nine bars.
The Cyetus espresso maker provides a healthy pressure of 19 bars at its pump, and its 1.8m spiral heated channel quickly heats water to 94°C.
Ease of Operation
Tassimo and Keurig coffee machines are a breeze to operate. You stick in a pod, slide a cup beneath the brew head, and push the start button. Once the coffee is ready, you pull out the cup and dispose of the pod.
Life is more complicated when using my Oster espresso maker. You must fill the portafilter with grounds, insert this mechanism into the coffee maker, slide your cup in place, and click the start button. After waiting two minutes for pressure to build and water to heat, you may push the start button.
When preparing a cappuccino or a latte, the milk container must also be installed. In this situation, a three-minute wait is required before the machine reaches the proper operating temperature and pressure.
My new Cyetus espresso maker, like the Tassimo machine, can utilize coffee capsules. And while it takes a little longer to insert a capsule into this device or fill its chamber with grounds, the Cyetus espresso maker will quickly brew that coffee.
My Tassimo brews a decent espresso, but its lattes and cappuccinos are not particularly enticing. The Oster espresso machine does a much better job, although to prevent contamination, you must clean its frother immediately after use.
As the Cyetus espresso maker is not designed to foam milk, I use a handheld frother and warm milk when concocting a latte or cappuccino. I don't mind this extra work because the result is significantly better than what can be achieved with the Oster espresso machine.
Cleanup is simple. I remove the coffee chamber, dump its contents, and wash it in my sink.
I've been using a Nespresso capsule clone called Bestpresso. The quality of this coffee is excellent, although if you like your java strong, these are best used to brew 1.5-ounce shots. I recommend filling the appropriate chamber with good quality fine-ground espresso for three-ounce servings or using the larger Dolce Gusto capsules. I did not try the 5.4-ounce setting but suspect this would be used when brewing tea.
This space-saving device looks great and quickly brews a richly flavored shot of espresso. When used in conjunction with foamed milk, you can put together an attractively displayed and delicious cappuccino or latte.
The espresso maker's capability to maintain 130 psi of pressure and a water temperature of 94°C at its capsule chamber ensures every cup of coffee tastes great. What sets this device apart is its ability to reach that pressure and temperature within a handful of seconds. The Cyetus Instant Heating Espresso Coffee Machine is recommended.
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