Like a lot of people, I like my coffee first thing in the morning. Let’s just say I’m not at my full mental capacity when I first wake up. So the thought of messing around with grind settings, water temperatures, and so on is not something my waking-up brain can easily handle. That’s why the KRUPS EA9010 Barista One Touch is my pick for the Best Super Automatic Espresso Machine 2017.

The KRUPS espresso machine is fully-automatic (and when I say fully here, I mean fully.) This compact machine displays everything you need right up front on a digital screen. This means no fumbling around behind the unit for hidden switches. The screen is fully illustrated and comes pre-programmed with 17 different drinks. Want a perfect cappuccino? All you have to do is stumble out of bed and push the cappuccino button, and the Barista One Touch will select the appropriate grind size, grind your beans, heat and froth your milk, add your coffee, and presto – you have your morning beverage.

In fact, this KRUPS espresso maker is so good; it fooled a professional barista in a blind tasting. To see what all the fuss is about, have a look at this short video:

Now the KRUPS cappuccino maker comes with a hefty price tag but let’s break this down a bit. Let’s say I hit the drive-thru at my local chain coffee shop on my way to work in the morning. If I buy a speciality coffee, like a cappuccino, for example, I’m looking at spending around 6$. If I do that five days a week, all year, I’ve spent 1560$ on coffee. If my husband does the same, that’s 3120$ – in ONE year. I think you see where I’m going here…

KRUPS EA9010 Barista One Touch Features

Fully Programmable – The Barista One Touch allows you to create eight different user profiles and save them by the user’s name and favourite colour. Within each personal profile, you can save up to eight different drink preferences. With this many available options, you’ll be hard-pressed to use up all of the available memory this espresso machine offers.

Automatic two-step steam nozzle – One of the biggest drawbacks to most fully automatic espresso machines is the steam wand typically isn’t completely automatic. This isn’t the case for the KRUPS EA9010. The steam wand appears when needed, heats and froths the milk, and then retracts and cleans itself, hidden from view until the next time you need it.

Easy Cleaning – KRUPS’ patented system means you never have to clean inside your espresso machine. The unit runs a cleaning cycle whenever it’s needed. When it needs a deeper clean or maintenance, detailed instructions will appear on the digital screen. KRUPS also provides a number of products (sold separately) to help keep your espresso maker in tip-top shape.

Metal Burr Grinder – The built-in KRUPS coffee grinder is a metal, conical burr grinder of the highest quality. By default, the EA9010 will choose the optimal grind setting for each drink you select. However, you have the option of changing the coffee strength, quantity of water, and temperature and saving your preferences to your profile. If you have a favourite pre-ground coffee, you can use it in the bypass doser.

Pros:

  • Truly is fully automatic from bean to cup
  • Compact, fully integrated unit
  • Large, easy to read digital display
  • Claris water filtration system
  • 8 oz. coffee bean container and 56 oz. water tank capacity
  • Runs quieter than other fully-automatic espresso machines
  • Made and tested in France
Cons:

  • Hefty price tag but well worth the investment if you regularly buy café-made coffee drinks.
  • Deeper cleaning takes some time and effort but increases the performance and longevity of the machine.

Verdict: If you enjoy speciality coffee drinks and you don’t enjoy hassle and fuss, the KRUPS EA9010 Barista One Touch my best the best cappuccino machine for you. The fully programmable drink profiles offer plenty of customisation and the push button simplicity means you get the drink you want quickly and easily and you don’t have to sacrifice taste and quality. If you regularly buy speciality coffee from your local coffee shop, this machine is well worth the investment.

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