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Cheap and just a bit nasty
I bought this espresso machine today and I have a couple of concerns and comments on previous reviews. Firstly, this is not a semi automatic machine - there are no presets for the amount of water required for 1 or 2 cup extraction, no preset temperature, no descaling function - standard on other units. This is therefore a basic, fully ''manual'' machine in that you need to judge the size of espresso shot and temperature for yourself so consistency falls on the end user. There are also no instructions or indicators to let you know how or when to...descale the unit. Next, the body is also completely plastic with plastic ''chrome'' accents and an aluminium drip tray and boiler. For those of us used to semi auto machines, the controls are cumbersome (and also plastic). There is a lack of any discernible weight to the unit for this reason so, even when the reservoir is full, it has a tendency to move when selecting functions or inserting the group handle. The temperature gauge I suppose is useful, but worrisome - judging by the calibration, the boiler will heat up to 200°C - Kmart, surely that can't be right? The steam wand is tiny, and tinny, but seems to create a good microfoam with a small quantity of milk in the right sized jug. One feature that should impress me is the portafilters. There appears to be a mesh shower, allowing the coffee to be extracted in the base whereas in many more expensive branded units, the coffee is pushed through a single pin-sized hole which have a tendency to become easily blocked. Ultimately, I can't see how this machine will last any great distance and resulting coffee is pretty woeful. It is what it is and at $89 you get what you pay for.
Best value espresso machine.
Six months ago I bought a Kmart microwave (now rebranded as ANKO) for $45 and couldn't believe how good it is, so when I saw the ANKO coffee machine for $85 I figured Kmart have found a good manufacturer of kitchen appliances, so bought it as a Xmas present for myself.
After 40 years of percolators, dripolators, plungers and Moka pots my first espresso machine was a basic Breville, bought about 10 years ago and with that I learnt how to make a good coffee, how to use a grinder what sort of beans to buy etc. It started to lose pressure after ...5 years of 3 times daily use, so I moved onto the Cafitaly pod system sold at Woolies to try out that system. I discovered I could save money and still make a reasonable short black by refilling the pods with my favourite coffee beans ground in my original Breville grinder, (being retired I have the time to refill pods). I am on my third Cafitaly maker, they seem to last about 2-3 years, (when they come on special for about $45 I would buy a spare, so I could instatly replace the old ones), but upon seeing this Kmart ANKO and checking it all over in store I was very surprised at its smart black and chrome compact size (smaller than the pod machine), the ease of filling with water with its fold down handle on the reservoir, the temperature gauge and the simple button operation. Getting it home I found firstly it is very quiet, It holds a lot of water, it heats up in half a minute, the portafilter produces excellent crema, and all in all it makes an excellent espresso shot. (I use ALDI beans roasted in Melbourne, and have done so for many years and grind them as I need). I dont take milk with my coffee so cannot comment on the frother. In the 24 hours of ownership I have pulled 6 shots for my wife and I and am learning how to get the grind and tamping just right. I should say in comparison I recently installed a very expensive DeLonghi machine with inbuilt grinder at my seniors' organisation, and even being 10 times the price (and three times more complex to use) is only half as good as this Kmart machine. Now all I need is to find water with disolved volcanic minerals like in Naples and I will be set.
New Kmart ANKO Coffee Machine
II would have to say that this is the best Semi Automatic coffee making system that I had ever used. It takes many different sizes of mugs. The machine has a coffee milk frothier with the machine. I have brought after more expensive ones, and have found so many do not heat up correctly, this one the temperature is hot. It is very easy to clean and very easy to make that perfect coffee, which I love. The best of its type that I have ever owned, and they are $149 at Kmart.
The best purchase I've ever made!
I'll never look back. I was using satcher coffee and this has changed my life! Iced coffee: fresh! the initial cost is tiny for how much use mine gets, and even if it did break due to quality in the future I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another as I'm so impressed with this!!
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Kmart $89 Anko Expresso coffee maker is excellent value for money. Quiet easy to use and clean. Doesnt take up much space on kitchen bench. Makes lovely crema. So why pay more. Better than another brand I paid $240 for, and had to be replaced because it was faulty. So give this one a try.
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Recently bought this coffee machine from KMart. I wasn't sure what to expect as it did only cost around about $80 so I knew it was very cheap compared to other brands. The machine itself is quite small but is sturdy and because of it's size, is actually quite cute. The machine is good and easily used, you just have to take some time to clean all of the plastic out of the machine and it does smell very plastic with your first few uses but after that you're good to go. Another problem with the machine is that the milk warmer is very short so you ...can only get certain types of jugs that will fit into this. These are the only problems I've had with this machine and apart from that it has worked very well for me. I would say, if you wanted something very good quality, maybe go with something a bit more expensive from an actual brand and it might work a little better but like me if you're just looking for a simple coffee machine to make easy coffees, you're good to go.
Questions & Answers
I've only had the machine for a couple of weeks. The frother is no longer frothing, but is heating the milk. It is ear piercing loud also.
No milk is coming out of the frother, only steam and water. Does the milk frother have a hose? I bought it second hand. Can anyone tell me if there is supposed to be a plastic hose in the milk frother... thanks
Hi all. How long should the frother take to heat the milk to a reasonable temperature. Mine seems to take ages.
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