|Brand||Taylor & Ng|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel|
|Item Weight||1.45 kg|
|Product Dimensions||29.21 x 19.69 x 19.05 cm|
Taylor & Ng 30025 Bellman CX-25P Stovetop espresso Maker with Pressure Gauge
|Price:||& FREE Delivery|
- The pressure gauge will guide you to make an Exact cup of Espresso or cappuccino. You can make 3, 6 or 9 demi-tasse cups of Espresso by using the brew basket reducer in this machine. Portable
- The pressure gauge will guide you to make an exact cup of espresso or cappuccino. Portable Compact.
- The pressure gauge will guide you to make an exact cup of espresso or cappuccino. Portable Non-Electric.
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This Bellman CX-25P Espresso & Cappuccino Coffee maker with a pressure gauge has a charming, classic appearance with heavy 18/8 (AISI 304) stainless steel construction, safety valve, and heat resistant bake lite handles. It was made for the household stovetop. This machine makes authentic European espresso using the steam pressure method. The espresso is prepared by forcing live steam and hot water, under the pressure of boiling water, through dark-roast coffee grounds, extracting all of their pure flavor and aroma. Since boiling destroys some of the natural elements that make espresso's flavor and aroma, espresso connoisseurs prefer using the pressurized steam-vapor method. The remaining water is used to produce steam. Cappuccino is hot coffee consisting of approximately 1/2 to 2/3 cup espresso and 1/3 to 1/2 cup of hot, frothed milk. You may add sugar, a light sprinkling of powdered cinnamon, nutmeg, or grated orange peel, or top with cream and chocolate, according to taste. The pressure gauge will guide you to make an exact cup of espresso or cappuccino. You can make 3, 6 or 9 demi-tasse cups of espresso by using the brew basket reducer in this machine.
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+Ok, I'm a Starbucks Barista and I have to say I prefer the milk froth from this machine over the commercial machine. You can get really velvety, long lasting microfoam with any milk.
+While I LOVE $5K pressurized double boiler machines the multitude of equipment involved means an equal opportunity for that multitude of things to go wrong. I like that the most I'll have to fix in this machine is maybe replacing the rubber seals.
+As for the espresso pour, it took me about 3 lbs of different coarseness of different beans to get it right but WOW it's really working now. The amount of crema depends on your beans and doesn't necessarily indicate the quality of a shot.
-The steam wand only has one hole, it's difficult at first but with practice it's great.
-The gaps along the bottom and top of the espresso chamber. Some of water bypasses the espresso inlets and goes straight to the top.
-It requires skill and persistence.
~Invert the rubber stopper on the center pole. It seems to make for a better seal to force the steam into the espresso chamber rather than the center column.
~Boil water first. If not you'll get semi cold coffee that is just getting forced out without any really brewing.
~Don't tamp it.
~Don't be afraid to really tighten the threaded topper; otherwise it will force pressurized hot coffee all over your walls.
~The steam wand cleans up really easily with a syringe.
~fill the full chamber.
~Research everything you can about this machine and how to properly brew espresso/stream milk.
~Don't give up! I nearly threw this lil guy away because I was so frustrated.
What I like about this CX25P which I just started to use a few times, is the ability to tune the pressure and decide when to open the coffee flow. This is another factor influencing the taste, along the powder/water ratio, ground size and bean type.
I bought the one with the pressure gauge which helps.
I use a low gas flame so the pressure rises very slowly, and I open at 1.2 bar. I also use the full 9 cups grind size for a single cup of coffee which allows for a very strong and tasty coffee, better then the classic two part pot.
The stainless steel is easy to clean.
Haven't yet done much milk steaming but so far pretty happy with the purchase
To fill the coffee funnel, put it in the mouth of a jar with something thimble shaped over the hole. You don't want any coffee grounds in the water or it will plug it up. Then put the funnel in the coffee maker and the 'thimble' will be pushed off in the process and there will still be no coffee in the water chamber.
I would say to read the directions before you jump right in because pressure does build up. The green zone is for coffee. The blue zone is for steam. Beyond that it is probably best to let it cool down first. I also used it to steam clean my stove top in the groves!
The steaming wand (the pipe coming out of the side) is metal and so rapidly heats up. As a result, milk burns to the surface. Combined with the crevice where the nozzle attaches, and that results in a very difficult-to-clean steaming wand.
Worse, however, is that the bolt on the bottom, which appears to be glued on, has gotten to the point where water is forced through when pressure builds in the device (possibly as a result of letting it get hot enough for the safety valve to open?). This makes the device entirely unusable for me, as it leaks water out and onto the burner. I may attempt to fix it, but given how tightly glued that bolt seems to be, it won't be easy. Even this aside, though, it always leaked small amounts of steam from other parts around the top.
I have been using this machine for about four years now, and I am pleased to report that it holds up greatly. I don't follow its instructions to start making coffee around 2 bar of pressure, but instead do 4-4.5 bar. The coffee is good and foamy - while the "true" espresso has to be made at 10+ bar pressure, it seems that the 4.5 bar this machine delivers do the trick. Some pros and cons follow.
- good coffee, good foaming
- very solid, quality build
- made of stainless steel so if you care about aluminum, this is great
- gauge allows you to try a variety of strength/taste for your coffee
- very hands-on and takes a bit to clean; this is good for me for if it was easy (like with a pod machine), I would drink coffee continuously
- hands-on, so not easy to clean. While this is a plus for me it may be a minus for others.
- must take a bit of care when you operate. For example, if you open the valves but left it on the stove, the water will evaporate completely and the silicon gaskets will burn. Or, if you do not close the lid tight, the pressure may push the gasket on top and the water will "explode" out. This happened to me - the good thing about it is that by the time it hit my face the water was cool already.
- the shape is not beautiful (but the construction is solid), so this machine does not look like a great Italian art piece that some other espresso machines do)
- plastic on the handle, faucets (OK, bakelite, a bit more heat-resistant), and worse of all on the pressure gauge! If you use this over a gas fire, it's very easy for the heat to effectively melt the "glass" of the pressure gauge, so be careful.
-cannot control water temperature AND pressure easily - you can however by adding more or less water in the pot (and by applying Boyle's/Charles' laws).
UPDATE (after 5 years of use): The pressure gauge broke after 5 years, indicating zero pressure. Instead of ordering the part I simply bought an Omega gauge and installed it myself (very easy process). Still using the machine every day.
Steam milk: I can steam the same milk and create micro-foam fine without coffee inside but not with the coffee. Yes, after brewing, I did wait the 5 minutes after closing the espresso valve/knob, as instructed, until the pressure relief valve is open again.
Maybe I got a defective one, I'm not sure. In short, it is useless as a cappuccino maker when you can't make coffee and steam milk in the same contraption. I had to go back to my classic Italian stovetop espresso maker and steam the milk in this Bellman separately.