Updated 16 Jan 2018

KitchenAid

KES2102

Snapshot: The KitchenAid KES2102 is a manual espresso machine with a cup warmer but no automatic turn-off function. Can it make a good coffee?

KES2102
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1999

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Test results

Overall score
70
Taste
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Milk frothing
?/10
Temperature consistency
?/10

Good points

  • Good taste.
  • Easy to use.
  • Excellent temperature consistency.
  • Very good controls.
  • Dual-boiler heater.
  • Cup-warming plate.
  • Fits large cups.

But

  • No automatic turn-off.
  • Poor milk frothing.
  • No standby mode.
  • Long heat-up time (6 minutes).

How we test

Overall score includes:

Taste (60%): We assessed crema colour and thickness as well as the coffee's aroma, flavour, mouth-feel and aftertaste.
Ease of use (20%): Based on convenience of water container and filter, controls, exterior cleaning and operating the unit.
Milk frothing (15%): Evaluated froth quality and ease of using the frothing mechanism.
Temperature consistency (5%): Assessed consistency of temperature across 4 cups of coffee.

Price is from a January 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Type
Manual
Avg price
$1999

Specifications

Heater
Dual boiler
Heat-up time (min:sec)
6:00
Time to deliver coffee (sec)
25
H x W x D (cm)
40 x 31 x 32
Weight (kg)
13.3

Features

Automatic turn-off
×
Programmable coffee quantity
Digital display
×
Cup warmer
×
Coffee-strength settings
-
Milk frothing
-
Removable water reservoir
Yes
Adjustable water temperature
No

More Info

Notes
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