KMart & # 39; s $ 89 espresso machine will compete with a competitor of $ 949 – and beat it in taste AND coffee consistency
- Kmart & # 39; s $ 89 espresso machine has received rave reviews from online customers
- CHOICE decided to compare it to much more expensive options, including a price of $ 949
- The overall score saw the Kmart device win big for consistency and taste
- But it loses points for the milk frother and the lack of a manual stop
A $ 89 espresso machine from Kmart has devastated a $ 949 competitor to the taste and consistency of the coffee, making it another winning device from the discount store.
The Australian consumer advocacy group, CHOICE, compared 34 different coffee machines based on style, ease of use, taste and price, with the Kmart budget option at the top in many of the categories.
& # 39; The overall score we gave the Kmart Anko Espresso coffee machine is not far (and in some cases higher than) the scores we gave to machines that are considerably more expensive & # 39 ;, wrote the consumer organization.
& # 39; In addition to pluses for good appearance, taste and consistency of temperature, this machine has its shortcomings and will not be the most solid appliance in your kitchen. & # 39;
A $ 89 espresso machine from Kmart has spoiled a competitor of $ 949 in taste and consistency of coffee (photo)
The CHOICE team was adamant that the taste sensations produced by the Anko Espresso Machine were unparalleled.
& # 39; In a blind taste test by our coffee flavorers (all professional barista & industry experts), the Kmart machine received a 70 percent score on the taste test & # 39 ;, the publication wrote.
To put that in perspective, the DeLonghi La Specialista, which costs $ 949, only scored 65 percent.
The taste test takes into account crema color and thickness, aroma, taste, mouthfeel and aftertaste.
To put that in perspective, the DeLonghi La Specialista (photo), which costs $ 949, only scored 65 percent
What are the top five coffee machine brands in Australia?
1. Breville: produces the best coffee and is stylish to look at.
2. Nespresso: the Vertuo machine outperformed its competitors because of its convenience, simplicity and trademark taste.
3. Kmart: it has a high pressure foaming function.
4. Lavazza: compact, easy to use and good taste.
5. Aldi: the capsule machine praises itself as an alternative to cafe-quality coffee and promises & # 39; rich silky crema, a full body and layers of complex intense taste & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The actual taste and aftertaste is pretty good & # 39 ;, said coffee expert Matthew Gee, CHOICE.
& # 39; If you are a wannabe barista looking for tamp, extract and foam your way to the caffeinated heaven at home, it won't be much cheaper than this, & # 39; other flavorings said.
Of the 34 reviews that they reviewed, the Sunbeam Piccolo Espresso machine was closest to the price of the Kmart model for $ 119, with prices for other manual machines that stretch out over the thousands.
If you are the type of person with more than one coffee a day, the Kmart variety scores 80 percent because of its ability to produce hot beers all the time.
And no matter how it works and how it tastes, the machine looks chic on the kitchen bench – and can be moved easily.
Although it was the best possible coffee test for CHOICE, the Anko Espresso was not as easy to use as other machines.
& # 39; The machine is quite light and thin, and is not as easy to use as some of the other models, & # 39; said CHOICE test coordinator Chantelle Dart.
& # 39; It's a smaller model (so no larger cups) and sits fairly low on the couch, so you may have to stoop to see the controls and adjust the handle on the group. & # 39;
Although it was better than most of CHOICE & # 39; s strict coffee tests, the Anko Espresso is not as easy to use as other machines (stock image)
It does not come with a separate milk jug, coffee grinder or coffee dispenser (you use the back of the supplied plastic measuring spoon), so you do not get the full coffee experience.
And frothing the milk isn't the easiest either.
& # 39; The steam pipe does not extend as far as other machines, which makes it harder to froth the milk, & # 39; Chantelle said.
& # 39; You also need to manually stop coffee delivery so that you cannot walk away from the machine while it fills your cup. & # 39;