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I have a countertop espresso machine. It makes great coffee and includes a milk frother which comes in handy every time I make a latte or cappuccino.
This unit, however, takes up so much of my limited counter space that I was forced to store my beloved air fryer on a kitchen table chair.
Today I am testing a potential replacement. The Cyetus instant-heat coffee machine takes up little space and, according to the manufacturer, can prepare a delicious serving of espresso in seconds.
This espresso maker is sheathed in white plastic with gold trim and includes a translucent water reservoir and cup. It’s 17.3 inches tall, although when I store the machine in the back of my counter I normally reduce its height by removing the water tank. This AC-powered device is six inches wide and six inches deep.
The snug-fitting plastic reservoir supplies water to the main body, where it is quickly heated to 94°C under 19 bar of pressure. This water is forced into one of the three specialized coffee chambers that come with the espresso machine. These chambers allow the use of ground coffee, Nespresso capsules and Dolce Gusto capsules. The brewed coffee then drips into the cup below.
Three front-mounted buttons are used to select a 1.5, 3, or 5.4 ounce serving. A lever on the side of the unit locks the coffee chamber firmly in place.
- Mark: Cyetus
- Last name: 4 in 1 espresso coffee machine
- Model: GC-DP010
- Lester: 1.322 kilograms (46.6 ounces)
- Dimensions: 44 x 15.2 x 15.2 centimeters (17.3 x 6 x 6 inches)
- Control Panel: Allows selection of 45, 90 or 160 ml (1.5, 3 or 5.4 oz)
- Filters: Ground coffee, Nespresso capsules and Dolce Gusto capsule chambers
- Water tank capacity: 300 milliliters (10 fluid ounces)
- Pressure: 19 bars
- Power: 1500 watts
- Power Cord Length: 76 centimeters (30 inches)
It’s a stunning device that’s sure to grab attention. It is designed to take up your limited counter space as little as possible.
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Pressure and temperature
Water heated to a temperature between 90-95°C and pushed through finely ground coffee at 130 psi pressure produces the best espresso.
The pressure of the coffee machine is rated in bars. One bar equals 14.7 psi, 9 bars equals 130 psi, and 19 bars equals 279.3 psi. Coffee machines for home use are usually rated at 15 – 19 bar at the pump. As the water moves towards the brew head, the pressure decreases to an optimal rate of nine bars.
The Cyetus Espresso Machine delivers a healthy 19 bar pressure to its pump, and its 1.8m spiral heated runner quickly heats water to 94°C.
Ease of use
Tassimo and Keurig coffee machines are easy to use. You stick a pod, slide a cup under the brew head, and press the start button. Once the coffee is ready, you take out the cup and throw away the pod.
Life is more complicated with my Oster espresso machine. You have to fill the filter holder with grounds, insert this mechanism into the coffee maker, slide your cup into place and click the start button. After waiting two minutes for the pressure to build and the water to heat up, you can press the start button.
When preparing a cappuccino or a latte, the milk container must also be installed. In this situation, a three minute wait is required before the machine reaches the proper operating temperature and pressure.
My new Cyetus espresso machine, like the Tassimo machine, can use coffee capsules. And while it takes a little longer to insert a capsule into this device or fill its chamber with grounds, the Cyetus espresso machine will brew that coffee quickly.
My Tassimo brews a decent espresso, but its lattes and cappuccinos aren’t particularly appealing. The Oster espresso machine does a much better job, although to avoid contamination you should clean its frother immediately after use.
Since the Cyetus espresso machine is not designed to froth milk, I use a handheld frother and hot milk to make a latte or cappuccino. I don’t mind this extra work as the result is significantly better than what can be achieved with the Oster espresso machine.
Cleaning is simple. I remove the coffee chamber, empty its contents and wash it in my sink.
I use a Nespresso capsule clone called Bestpresso. The quality of this coffee is excellent, although if you like your java strong, it’s best to use them to make 1.5 ounce shots. I recommend filling the appropriate chamber with good quality finely ground espresso for three ounce servings or using the larger Dolce Gusto capsules. I haven’t tried the 5.4 ounce setting, but I think it would be used when making tea.
This space-saving appliance looks great and quickly brews flavorful espresso. When used in conjunction with frothed milk, you can make a beautifully presented and delicious cappuccino or latte.
The espresso machine’s ability to maintain 130 psi pressure and 94°C water temperature in its capsule chamber ensures that every cup of coffee tastes great. What sets this device apart is its ability to reach this pressure and temperature in seconds. The Cyetus instant heating espresso coffee machine is recommended.
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