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Russell Hobbs Caffe Torino 15 Bar Pump Espresso half price.

From £79.99 to £39.99.

Seems like quite a good deal.......am i right?

Can't find it anywhere else online. Looks like this one at amazon though

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Russell-Espresso-Machine-silver-Italian/dp/B000L42VZ2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1224085709&sr=8-1
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#1
thought I'd add a pic for you..
http://www.argos.co.uk/wcsstore/argos/images/58-4229595SPA68UC415886X.jpg
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You really need to use a £1,000 Pasquini Livia 90 espresso machine with a £300 Mazzer Mini grinder using beans freshly roasted by virgins to get the authentic espresso experience.....

OK, now that's out of the way back to the RH Caffe Torino - it's got a pump, it's cheap and it'll probably do the job though it might not last a lifetime. If I needed a cheap espresso machine I'd be tempted so voted hot.
#3
Dave-T;3205054
You really need to use a £1,000 Pasquini Livia 90 espresso machine with a £300 Mazzer Mini grinder using beans freshly roasted by virgins to get the authentic espresso experience.....

OK, now that's out of the way back to the RH Caffe Torino - it's got a pump, it's cheap and it'll probably do the job the it might not last a lifetime. If I needed a cheap espresso machine I'd be tempted so voted hot.


Good post.
Get the drivel out of the way, and let's talk about the real world :-)

Hot for me too, it meets the basic requirements, and should produce OK coffee, not so sure whether Russell Hobbs is quite the quality brand it used to be though!
#4
I have a grinder, so do i just grind the beans and put this in to make the coffee, or does it require a special blend of mix
#5
ordered it. looking at the internet the rrp is 59.99 and not £79.99 best price apart from argos was £49.99 might change my mind now.
#6
williemcf
ordered it. looking at the internet the rrp is 59.99 and not £79.99 best price apart from argos was £49.99 might change my mind now.


Where else online did you find it? I couldn't see the same one anywhere.
#7
JaggySnake;3205614
Where else online did you find it? I couldn't see the same one anywhere.


I can see it at full price:
http://www.russellhobbs.co.uk/15_Bar_Pump_Espresso_qp_95.html
(reports a good review from the Daily Mail)
#8
dhoomdhoom;3205511
I have a grinder, so do i just grind the beans and put this in to make the coffee, or does it require a special blend of mix


You could try it first with pre-ground espresso blend coffee to see what fineness works well
eg something cheap & punchy like Lavazza Red, which is in every supermarket, from about £1.80 to about &2.60 a pack depending on which supermarket!

You will then know what sort of level to grind to, and if your coffee grinder CAN grind it well enough! (not all can! This can be the hardest thing to get right, which is why I now only use pre-ground coffee!)

Once tried on this, as a sort of base level, and you practice using it a bit, then you could easily move on and experiment all you like! :-)
#9
nihcaj
You could try it first with pre-ground espresso blend coffee to see what fineness works well
eg something cheap & punchy like Lavazza Red, which is in every supermarket, from about £1.80 to about &2.60 a pack depending on which supermarket!

You will then know what sort of level to grind to, and if your coffee grinder CAN grind it well enough! (not all can! This can be the hardest thing to get right, which is why I now only use pre-ground coffee!)

Once tried on this, as a sort of base level, and you practice using it a bit, then you could easily move on and experiment all you like! :-)


Excellent advice. You could then try Taylors of Harrogate (no relation) at some stage. My favourite pre-ground coffee and fairly reasonably priced, at least in Asda. I wouldn't bother with Illy. Very nice but much too expensive and very finely ground so doesn't work with all machines.
#10
Dave-T;3206399
Excellent advice. You could then try Taylors of Harrogate (no relation) at some stage. My favourite pre-ground coffee and fairly reasonably priced, at least in Asda. I wouldn't bother with Illy. Very nice but much too expensive and very finely ground so doesn't work with all machines.


I have had a few pre-ground coffees described as espresso blends which are COARSER than French press/Cafetiere grind, and tried them in the espresso machine - however hard they are tamped down, the water pours through hardly any more coffee coloured than it went in! :-(

I have an admission to make.... I like notionally "rough" blends as espresso or cappuccino coffee, the type full of robusta beans, so Lavazza Rosso is actually my everyday favourite! I just don't get the same hit with pretty-boy arabica coffees, although I do get others some of the time :whistling:
#11
I have been thinking of buying an expresso maker for some time but I have never used one of these machines before. It doesnt look like this model has a cup warmer, is this an important factor to make a good expresso?
#12
Packagethief;3216468
I have been thinking of buying an expresso maker for some time but I have never used one of these machines before. It doesnt look like this model has a cup warmer, is this an important factor to make a good expresso?


Not something I would use... it takes a while to heat up, and in that time, your coffee is made, and you have drunk it! OK if you are leaving it switched on for hours, but why bother?

I recommend boiling the kettle, before you even start, then pour the water in the cup, use it to heat the metalwork of the head with the water, and when you are ready with the coffee in the holder, tip out the cup and stick it under the nozzle.
The cup will be hot, the metal of the holder will be hot enough too and not over-cool the emerging coffee, no bother! :-)
#13
can u use this for cappuccino
#14
chelle33;3221286
can u use this for cappuccino


Yes, all cappuccino is, is espresso with frothed milk, and this type froths the milk fine; but for making the espresso in the first place it takes a little practice to use WELL, so don't expect instant perfect results, and making more than a couple of batches in one go takes a bit of planning, so it is best for solitary coffee drinkers, or couples!
The same is true of anything other than the far dearer serious models such as the type that will do "bean to cup"

When you do get it right, it might not be quite as good as a professional machine, but it is tremendous coffee for a very low price

My personal tip is used FILTERED water as de-scaling is a real hassle, and using brita type filtered water means I haven't needed to descale mine for more than a couple of years, whereas with the previous machine I had, scale, and the problems it caused made it a monthly chore, as well as it not producing coffee so easily and so mess free!

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