Philips 2200 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine w/ Milk Frother, Black, EP2220/14
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Make sure this fits by entering your model number. Easy selection of your coffee with intuitive touch display, makes espresso, hot water and coffee From fine to coarse thanks to the 12 step grinder adjustment 20,000 cups of finest coffee with durable ceramic grinders Keep your beans fresh longer thanks to the aroma seal
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It does produce a good for the price espresso with good foam. The frother works perfectly well. I have it for two months, so I don't know how it behaves after a year of use. The build quality is good, it doesn't look cheap.The downsides are:1. Coffee grounds container is not very convenient. It visually blends with the front panel and I always grab them together, so I have to think twice when trashing the grounds.2. The ground coffee container is close to the beans container, so it's easy to mix them up. Once I accidentally put beans into the ground coffee container. It was a mess but it survived. I had to clean the brewing mechanism manually.3. It takes about a minute to turn on, and it takes time to get ready for a drink.4. The buttons are like sensors and they take about one full second to react to touch. So you need to put your finger and wait for a second or two to make it get it.1.
I've been using this machine for a couple of weeks now and I really like it. I've used commercial super automatics and smaller traditional home espresso machines and grinders in the past but this was the first super automatic I've bought to use at home. I feel like it's incredibly versatile for the variety of drinks it's capable of making and I really like the built in grinder, it saves me a lot of counter space. I've seen a few reviews here complaining about the quality of espresso this machine produces but I think it looks and tastes great. After adjusting the dosing and amount of water used in the shots as well as experimenting with the grind size and water hardness I was able to produce a consistently delicious espresso shot with distinct heart, body, and crema. That being said there are a few things keeping me from giving it 5 stars. According to the manual you can only adjust the grind settings while the machine is grinding, and then after that you have to brew it 2-3 times to get those results. Getting a consistently dense microfoam with the panarello style steam wand was a chore at first and took some practice, luckily there are some youtube videos out there to help you get the technique down. The espresso machine grease that it comes with was a little concerning. It says something along the lines of being harmful to sea creatures and not to get any down the sink, but you're supposed to wash the parts the grease goes on every two months so how do you get around that? Overall I do think this is a good machine and a great value and would still recommend it.
Great machine, makes great espresso and coffee. The frother wand needs to be adjusted to make good foam. After watching a video on YouTube, you can take a pen and push down on the top witch lets more steam in , it works perfectly now. After years of using a typical espresso machine and having to slam the old coffee grounds in to the trash and then clean off coffee grounds from the grinder on my breville, I’m just sick of cleaning up the mess. This machine has no mess besides a few drops of milk from the frother, I’ll take that any day over cleaning up coffee grounds on a white counter top. If you like quality espresso and coffee at your fingertips with no mess, you will love this machine. Very easy system to clean. To me it makes the other machines look like a joke. And don’t be fooled by other reviews that say it doesn’t make quality foam. It makes fantastic foam in seconds and an easy to clean frother. Watch a video and learn how to make foam before saying this machine doesn’t make it right.
I would like to start off this review by stating I am an everyday espresso drinker and I have experience with an espresso machine. This review will involve a lot of comparison to a standard espresso machine and not a coffee maker. My espresso machine I am comparing this to is a standard 15 bar De'Longhi, nothing fancy, retails for under $150. I ordered this machine because I liked the idea of no longer having to pull a shot, clean my basket out, then pull another shot, then clean my basket out again.This machine is quick and simple. I walk into the kitchen, turn it on, hit the buttons to make my selections, and hit the start button. It pours out my espresso and I turn it off and I’m done. It does not require any immediate clean up. I have noticed no “messy” grinds unlike my actual machine.There is no reason operating this machine should take anyone 5-10 minutes unless you desire to empty the grinds each time at the exact time you use it, neither of which is required.This machine is no louder than a standard espresso machine. It actually a little quieter than my DeLonghi machine. It is however louder than a coffee maker which is to be expected with any machine brewing espresso. I make espresso everyday around 5 am and this machine has not woken up my husband.Once you get past setting this machine up and learning how it works it is very simple and would be a great machine for anyone without experience with espresso makers, but do know that maintaining an espresso machine requires more attention than a simple coffee maker. If you are looking to mostly brew coffee than this machine may not be for you. A standard espresso machine is going to require daily cleanup after each shot you make. This machine does not but as others have mentioned requires that can be time consuming.The coffee bean holder on top is convenient and holds more beans that it looks like it would, however it doesn't hold as much as a standard bag comes with so you would still need a separate container for those. The water tank is a decent size so you don't have to refill it every other day. I did not use the milk frother as I am a cold coffee only person.The Major Cons:The buttons are difficult to push at times. They are not real buttons that push in but instead sense your touch which unfortunately can be unreliable at times.When turning on and off the machine does spit out a bit of water. The drainage piece where your cup sits can collect this or you can put a cup down. Do not put your cup under this you plan to use until after the machine has turned on and always remove your cup you used to brew when you are finished before shutting off the machine or extra unwanted water will end up in your cup.I agree with another review about the broken up instructions. They provide some instructions but then direct you to another page further into the manual to read more. This caused me to have to flip flop back and forth between pages which was annoying and frustrating.The instructions regarding the grinder were somewhat vague but stated you are only supposed to adjust the grind setting while the grinder is running. The grinder only runs when you brew, you cannot run the grinder independently. You cannot regrind beans that were ground on a courser setting to achieve a finer ground. So this means in order to achieve the setting you want you must waste your beans by brewing on a setting that you don’t want. It states it can take several brews for you to notice the grind change.As another reviewer stated the grinder comes set in the middle on a 5/6. I can understand the reasoning for this because if you’re brewing coffee you can adjust it easily to a coarser setting or finer if you are brewing espresso but being this is marketed as an espresso machine it should really start on the finest setting.The pre-ground coffee setting is a hassle to use. You have to hold down the bean icon for 3 seconds in just the right spot for it to work. Grinds get stuck in the spout you pour into because condensation builds up and therefore again wastes your beans. It says to only use one level scoop and you are unable to adjust the strength setting when using the pre-ground option so it’s difficult to achieve a stronger brew.I wasted almost an entire 16 oz. bag of espresso beans trying to adjust the grinder and machine settings to achieve a good tasting brew unfortunately I was unsuccessful. After using this machine for a week I gave up and went back to my previous espresso machine. This machine brewed extremely bitter tasting espresso and despite my attempts to adjust the settings it wasn’t for me. My husband now uses it for coffee and he is pleased with it.Overall, this is not an espresso machine that brews coffee, it is a coffee maker that also brews espresso. The general idea of the machine is great but not enough focus was put into making it a good espresso machine.
I was looking for a machine to replace my 8yo Saeco and this kept coming up! It went on sale and thought I would give it a try. The flavor of coffee is ok, but if you are an espresso lover, the crema is crappy! And yes I did dial down the grinder to the finest setting. The crema is nothing like the pictures show or the videos (notice in Philips video they cut out the end of the coffee brew and replace with 2 totally 'styled' espressos with great crema)I love all the features of the machine and it was a great price at $399, but the crema doesnt cut it!