Review of Siemens TK60001 Surpresso
An automatic espresso machine.
Reviewed by Lars Tufvesson January 5, 2005. email@example.com
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Comparison and summary
How good is Siemens TK60001 Surpresso
S20 as compared to other espresso machines?
Siemens TK60001 Surpresso S20
is not the only automatic espresso machine from Siemens.
Siemens also makes two similar but more expensive models:
- Surpresso S40 has
a cover with a silver color, and a more advanced
display, that for instance can be used to set the
time when the machine should turn itself on. S40
also makes it easier to froth milk, because it has
an automatic milk frother.
- Surpresso S60 looks
like S40, but has two separate heating systems:
One for brewing espresso and one for frothing milk.
In this way, you can make a caffe latte a little
faster, since you do not have to wait for heating
between the two steps in the process.
Those espresso machines are rather
similar, if you look at what they can produce. If you
want to pay a little more for a more advanced model,
you will get a little extra convenience for the money.
The espresso machines from Jura
are a bit more expensive and looks a bit more exclusive,
but the result is approximately the same.
Siemens and Jura are one snap
better than other automatic espresso machines that were
tested by swedish magazine Råd & Rön
in December 2004.
Things I liked specifically for
Siemens TK60001 Surpresso S20:
- Already the first espresso
we made was good.
- Already the first caffe latte
we made was good.
- It was easier than I thought
to froth milk with the steamer.
- There is a nice crema on
- A nice price as compared
to other automatic espresso machines.
Things I like for automatic espresso
machines in general:
- The newly grinded coffee
beans smells nice in the kitchen.
- You get the same nice result
every time you use the machine. Automatic espresso
machines make it hart to fail with packaging the
espresso/coffee powder, because the machine does
it for you.
Things that could be better, specific
for Siemens TK60001 Surpresso S20:
- You can only change the degree
of grinding while the grinder is running.
- There was no instructions
on how to make espresso drinks in the package.
- The pipe where the espresso
comes out can be adjusted in height, but not enough
to place a high caffe latte cup below.
- There was no automatic milk
frother included (that sucks up the milk from a
cup and pours the frothed milk in the serving cup).
You will get such a device with the more advanced
models from Siemens (CappuccinoControl), but you
will pay much for a small accessory if you buy a
more advanced model just to get an automatic milk
frother. I hope that I can order an automatic milk
frother as an accessory from Siemens. If that is
not possible, there are other alternatives. For
instance, you can buy a Cappuccinatore
Automatic Milk Frother Accessory.
- It is not possible to froth
milk at the same time as brewing espresso. To do
this, you need two separate heating systems. Surpresso
S60 has that.
Things that I do not like, that
is valid for all automatic espresso machines:
- The machines make a little
bit of noise when working.
- It is a bit cumbersome to
clean the steamer every day.
What is the final verdict then?
Do I recommend you to buy a Siemens TK60001 Surpresso
S20 automatic espresso machine? Yes, I do, if you are
after an automatic espresso machine that gives both
a good result and a good value for money.
If you are on a bargain hunt,
make sure you do not pay too much for your automatic
espresso machine. There is a lot of air in the price
that is recommended here in Sweden.
An alternative is to buy an automatic
espresso machine from Jura. They do more exclusive machines
for more money. The result (the espresso or caffe latte)
is about the same.
A normal (not automatic) espresso
machine might fit you better, if you are interested
in the manual steps needed to pack the espresso/coffee
powder in a good way.
Good luck in your choice of an
espresso machine! /Lars Tufvesson
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