Short on counter space, but love the idea of making a latte or cappuccino in your very own home? Let us introduce you to our new little friend – the Capresso EC PRO! Small in size, but not short on essentials, this machine has everything you need to brew a satisfying shot of espresso or delightful latte.
Features & Functionality of the Capresso EC PRO
Pump Boiler System: Keeps water at optimal temperature for when you are ready to brew.
Cup Warmer: Use the integrated cup warmer to heat your cups prior to brewing.
Powerful Frother: Create rich and foamy milk based drinks with this impressive frother.
Removable Water Tank: The 42 oz. water tank is portable for easy filling.
Portafilter Options: This machine comes with two separate portafilters. Users can enjoy making espresso with the standard double spout, while curious home baristas can hone their skill with the naked version.
Small Footprint - Being short on space shouldn’t stop you from creating the coffee you love! While small in stature, this machine features all the essentials for creating your perfect drink.
Easy to Use - Sticking to the essentials and offering easy to understand indicator lights, simple espresso/steam selector dial, as well as on/off and espresso/steam switch makes this machine easy to operate no matter your skill level!
Accessories - This machine comes with two portafilter options plus a combined tamper and coffee scoop.
Slow Warmer - If you like pre-heated cups, be sure to allow your machine ample time to heat.
Steam Wand Clearance - Purge your steam wand in a cup or milk frother, as this machine lacks excess clearance .
How Does it Compare?
This machine has comparable functionality to the EC100, but with a more modern, sleeker look.
what is the portafilter size on this machine? I don't see that spec listed. Also, how does the steaming power on the EC pro compare to the Saeco Aroma? Thanks (:
A shopper on Jun 13, 2014
Best Answer:I use a 50mm tamper with this Capresso EC Pro Espresso & Cappuccino machine. The steaming is a bit better on this EC Pro than the Aroma, as you have a traditional steam wand as opposed to a panarello, but power is about the same. The Aroma is a bit easier to froth with, but you are able to get better micro foam with a little more practice on the EC Pro. Hope this helps!
Have only had my machine about a month. No problems. Hard to believe that a manufacturer would risk a plastic head, though. I had a gaggia, unreliable brew, less money, with what looked like a cast aluminum head.
Question for better baristas than I: am still playing with the bottomless filter. Definitely better taste and richness, but cannot get the right combination of grind and tamp to avoid the coffee spurting out in sprays. Has made me nimble and stained. Any tips? I have tried different tamps and generally very fine grinds.
Best Answer:I've never even considered trying a pod, sorry to say, because I'm very particular about the type of coffee I use and the grind. I have the amount down to a science. using the scoop that comes with it. One time I accidentally over filled the basket and it took forever...and seemed a little weak, oddly The machine does come with 2 different types of baskets although the only one I use does a great job. "If it ain't broke..." I've gone through several machines and this is by far the best, most user friendly and idiot proof one I've used. .I love it.
Does anyone have any word on the possibilities of a double basket for the bottomless portafilter? cuz that would be awesome, love the machine and everything it has just wish i could brew up a double in a non-pressurised format. :)
Best Answer:I dont think so, the bottomless portafilter has no room for a bigger basket unfortunately. However if you properly overdose and tune your ginding, you could get a 1.5 espresso from the single. Also you can still modify the double presurized basket removing the second layer to get a double non presurized basket (not naked).
I haven't heard of availability for a double basket for this Capresso EC Pro, but you may want to contact Jura Capresso directly for this at 800-767-3554. Sorry I can't be of better assistance on this for you!
Best Answer:It does. You just have to find the sweet spot in your foaming technique, and be very patient when skimming the wand/hole. I also use less milk (3 oz.) Overall, I'm impressed with the steamer on this machine, and I enjoy steaming my milk in the morning. It's what makes this whole process fun!
How would you compare this machine the Capresso EC100? I bought the EC100 for my dad a year ago and was very impressed by the quality of the espresso. In reading the description of the EC Pro it sounds like there is more ability to fine tune your espresso than with the EC100 which is something I would enjoy. Any recommendations between the two?
I'm not familiar with the EC100, but I bought an EC Pro four months ago and love it. It appears the major difference between the two models is that the EC Pro heats to two temperatures, a lower one for espresso and a higher temp for steam. I suspect that this results in getting hotter drinks from the EC Pro. It may also help when making specialty drinks where any thing added to the drink cools it down a bit. However, because it only has one boiler, it does complicate making multiple drinks a little: do you brew all the expresso first, then steam milk or do you make one drink at a time?
The EC Pro has a very basic frother - or perhaps 'traditional' is a better term. I don't recall the "technical" terms, but it looks like the EC 100 has a fitting that incorporates air for you, whereas with the EC Pro you will have to learn how to froth the milk (if you don't already know. Since I had never used an espresso machine before getting this machine, it took a little practice to learn the technique. The seattlecoffeegear videos helped - a lot!)
Also, you never want to brew espresso on 'steam." Gaaack! So, I always turn the temp down when I power off the machine, unplug it, and remove the portafilter when I done. That reduces the odds that I'll steam the espresso the next time.
Hope this helps. I make 2 or three lattes a day and so far I've had no problems. I'm definitely not a coffee snob, though. I just prefer lattes to brewed coffee with whatever dairy product is available!
Best Answer:Unfortunately I am not sure if the bottomless portafilter for the Capresso ECPRO will fit the EC100 since we no longer offer the EC100. I would suggest contacting Jura Capresso directly to find out. They can be reached at 800-767-3554.
I have own my EC PRO for about 6-7 months and I love it. Every time I venture to use the non pressurized portafilter it is a mess. Coffee comes out of the portafilter through the sides and it does not produce the beautiful stream I see in the package. Can you help me with this endeavor. ?
Best Answer:You're talking about the "bottomless" portafilter right? Stopping the squirts is easy once you get the hang of it. First of all, the grid needs to be right. If you don't have a good grinder (not a "chopper"), get a can of ground Illy espresso and check the grind for an example of a good general grind, although different beans like slightly different grinds too. A good grinder is a great investment if you love your espresso as you'll then have a new hobby adjusting your grind to perfection too. Ok, that's 1st because if the grind is too coarse there will be squirts; too fine and there will be mud. The 2nd thing is to pack it properly. I grind right into the portafilter and use my thumbs to pack it in, gently pushing in around the edges till it's somewhat concave, add a little more and repeat once or twice till it's near flat. Then give it a quick twist with a tamper. That's #3: get a good tamper. 50mm or 51mm will work. We all have our techniques and the above somewhat describes mine. It works. I never get squirts. Once you get used to the "Pro" filter you'll never turn back.
Incidentally, I've had mine for over a year and it still works great. The one I bought from SCG a few months ago was a gift for a friend. That's how much I liked mine. It's a great little machine for the money and I'd recommend it to anyone for a starter on the way to the joys of home espresso creation. I use mine every morning and it still makes me a great cappuccino every time (and learning to use the "bottomless" filter is key). Couldn't be happier although if it ever does stop working I'll likely drop a wad on a little more of a pro machine as I am now an addict. Then again as long as it keeps performing as it has up till now, it ain't going anywhere.
Absolutely, Sammy! I replaced a Gaggia machine, that never produced crema, with the EC-Pro, and had the same problem with spraying when using the bottomless portafilter. I called SCG, who stated the issue was likely a combination of stale coffee and,, more importantly, ineffective disc grinding. I began to buy only a week's supply of coffee at a time from a reputable local roaster.. Fresher coffee produced little to no spray. Then, I bought a Capresso grinder, household model, basic, for about $95.00. I was a little nervous about the expense, but it paid off handsomely. I grind at the first (most coarse) level of Extra Fine, and tamp only moderately. The stream is clean and beautiful, the crema perfect, the taste and richness much better, and the squirting coffee no longer exists, until and unless the coffee gets older than about 10 days. Before selling my old machine on Ebay, I drew a shot, and it was the first time this machine worked well, too!
You will find that the bottomless filter produces much stronger, richer, and more distinctive coffee. You may have to experiment with the tamp for a while. If you tamp too hard, the stream becomes labored. Just let it go longer, even 60 seconds or more. The coffee will taste fine. I am among the many who wish Jura would produce a portafilter for this machine that is bottomless and produces two shots for two cups. Let's peacefully storm their factory.
I have used the same port-a-filler and was rather successful, but at times it was sketchy. You may need to experiment with the grind. It seems the non-pressure filler used a finer grind the the other port-a-filler. Also, the packing for that pot-a-filler is more crucial and delicate, so you may have to practice the grind and your tamping of the coffee into the filler. I am told the non-pressurized filler is hard to learn, no matter the machine, so just keep experimenting, and if you know of a barista at a local coffee shop, you might want to ask them for a lesson or two. Hope this helps!
Sammy, I've experienced the same problem. The non pressurized portafilter will expose any incorrectness you have with your grinds. What I did was made my grinds a tad more coarse (not much). Try experimenting with alternate settings on your grinder making sure you're not grinding too fine. Also, make sure to wipe the teflon seal inside the grouphead with a wet rag to clean off any residue. This will allow the tabs on the portafilter to seal fully and not leak. I hope this helps.
We have the same problem with ours but I have noticed the one time we bought freshly ground coffee from an actual coffee roaster and it was ground specifically for an espresso machine it got better. So I believe the answer lies in the correct way of grinding the coffee. If you buy pre-grinded cheap coffee like us then just use the double shot portafilter :)
Yes! Don't use it. I've tried and tried. I want to use it because it's easier to clean up. The mess it makes is much bigger. My only (near) success is to use a vessel that fits up around it. Still messy. It's in the cupboard now.
Best Answer:One of the benefits of a thermoblock machine is the quick, on-demand water heating they offer! You very much could pull a shot a few minutes after startup. However, the longer you give the machine to warm up, the more heat periphery systems (brew group, portafilter, cup warmer etc.) soak up. At the very least, I'd recommend either heating to steam temp and purging or pulling hot water through the portafilter before your first shot.
Hello, I am from Canada and have a Cuisinart EM 100C, which appears to be very similar to this machine. I was just wondering what sort of grinder you would recommend for a machine like this? I am a student, and would be looking for something under $100.
Best Answer:If you plan to use the pressurized basket only, then a good option for about $100 would be the Capresso Infinity grinder. It does a very nice job with any pressurized espresso grinding, however if you want to move up to a non pressurized system then you would need to purchase a much higher level grinder such as the Baratza Virtuoso. I have included a few links below so you can take a look!
I would suggest recalibrating the Virtuoso grinder if it's not getting quite fine enough for your Capresso EC PRO. Be sure that the beans your using are fresh as well for proper extraction for 2 ounces of liquid in the 20-30 second timeframe.
Make sure to pick up a descaler like Dezcal to maintain the thermoblock and piping of your machine, depending on water hardness you'll need to descale every 2 to 3 months. Also if you plan on making a lot of milk drinks, I'd recommend something like Rinza to help clean your steam wand.
Is the bottomless portafilter only single shot? Can the other portafilter be used with a non pressurized double shot? Thanks
A shopper on Mar 4, 2016
Best Answer:Per the owner's manual the bottomless portafilter can only be used with the single-shot cup. The little bumps on the double-shot won't allow you to snap into the bottomless portafilter anyway.
Best Answer:Hi A, The only parts that might come in contact with hot water seem to be the heating element, the "force screen" & the portafilter portion that is in contact with the coffee & those are all metal. The steaming wand is all metal, too. The plastic portions are the water tank, as you mentioned, & the lower portion of the drip tray.
I'm trying to froth milk properly and am wondering if the sound from my EC Pro is right. It's extremely high pitched, pretty much hurting my ears a little. I've tried tilting the milk, adjusting the depth of the nozzle, but it still is high pitched. Any recommendations?
Best Answer:If you're getting a high pitch like that, likely your steam wand is still buried in the milk, and the tip isn't breaking the surface of the milk to create froth. When you're creating froth, you will hear the pitch/noise change from a squeal to more of a sucking noise as if someone were slurping soup. That's When you're creating foam, and if you continue to pull the milk and pitcher down and away from the steam wand, you will get more of a splattering or sputtering noise that will create not only big bubbles, but may even throw milk all over the place. The trick is finding that happy medium where you're creating froth, but with a traditional steam wand, it just takes a lot of practice and patience!
Miranda, Thank You! your tips so far are paying off in spades. I am definitely not where near perfection, but after only a couple days of trying out your techniques, my milk is looking so much better, and tasting better as well. I will definitely be practicing more until i can get it right. Now, on to try and make good espresso from the 2 cup portafilter ;)
Best Answer:No, unfortunately we cannot retrofit a PID to the Capresso EC Pro. You may want to check out some coffee forums to see if this is something anyone has done, but it is not something I have heard of as a possibility. Sorry I can't be of greater assistance on this for you!
How does this compare with the Saeco Via Venezia or the Saeco Aroma?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2014
Best Answer:The Capresso EC PRO is fairly similar in operation to the Saeco machines, however it does offer a bottomless portafilter that is non pressurized in addition to the standard pressurized portafilter. This is a big advantage, as you would need to purchase an additional portafilter separately if you would like to try non pressurized shots with the Aroma or Via Venezia machines. The EC Pro also offers a traditional steam wand as opposed to the panarellos offered on the Saeco units, so while frothing with the Saeco machines is easier, you can perfect your technique with the Capresso. While the overall body construction of the Saeco machines is a bit sturdier (more steel and heavier weight components), this Capresso machine allows you to really perfect your shots and milk frothing. Hope this helps!
Just a random question, where is the machine manufactured? And would you recommend this machine for a first timer :) ?
A shopper on Feb 5, 2014
Best Answer:This Capresso EC PRO is made in China. It is a machine we have only been carrying for a short period of time, but it does a nice job and the non pressurized bottomless portafilter that is included gives you room to grow in your skill set, while the standard pressurized portafilter makes getting good shots easy, even for a first time user!
I have seen vague items on blogs that suggest the larger portafilter can be filled with coffee without its insert, to make two shots with optimal flavor, as if using the bottomless portafilter. I would think it would clog. Anybody ever try this? Or might there be a way of screening the bottom so as to do it?
I'm very confused about getting this one, I've read a lot and I've found this one like "the one" but I still have questions,
1) The EC Pro is definitely better than the Poemia or the EC100? In terms of time, the EC Pro looks very solid, but if I make the regular maintenance tasks it will last more than the Poemia ? (I've read that sometimes the Poemia stop working really fast or a lot of people having problems with just month of regular use)
2) I'm not professional but I want to learn thats why I'm so interested on this one because of the wand, it's not panarello, but there is another one better than this one? Because of the price, the 5 stars rating here and 4.5 on Amazon, the nude portafilter and the wand I mean, I've tried to look something better or with the same to offer and I can't but, you guys knows best and thats my question, There is something better for a starter? If you have to make a top 10 or 5 of the better for starters under 400$ it will helps A LOT, thanks I' watched all your videos and I love it, Gail is so funny.
Does the double shot basket fit into the bottomless non-pressurized portafilter?
A shopper on May 10, 2014
Best Answer:No. The only way to pull a double shot with this machine is to use the pressurized basket double spout Portafilter. The non-pressurized bottomless Portafilter is a single shot only. So sadly, if you want to experiment with grinds, tamping, and a non-pressurized Portafilter, you're limited to a single shot only.
I purchased a 51mm tamper and it fits perfectly. I measured the inside of each portafilter basket as 52mm, and the included plastic tamper is around 50mm (actually just under, probably closer to 49.75mm). The 51mm tamper fits snugly with just a tiny bit of wiggle room.
Jura and Capresso espresso machines, coffee makers, tea makers, grinders and milk frothers
- 1 Year (Refurbished Jura-branded equipment, all Capresso-branded equipment)
- 2 Years (New Jura-branded superautomatic espresso machines)
Who Supports the Warranty:
Warranty Contact Information:
Capresso-branded equipment is often replaced rather than repaired during the warranty period, whereas Jura-branded superautomatics have a repair process managed directly by the company (located on the East Coast of the US).
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Caring for the Capresso EC PRO
Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
Clean the brew gasket with a cleaning brush daily.
Wipe frothing wand with a damp cloth after each use.
So I have used this machine for a year and a half, and found it very agreeable for the first eleven months. During the twelfth month, the head began to leak, not from the port-a-filler, but from beneath the collar that you attach the port-a-filler to. I did some research and have found this to be a reoccurring problem fro this machine.
I like the machine and it was a definite upgrade from previous ones, but the leaking problem is an issue. I pull at least three shots daily from the EC, so we use the machine quite frequently. I think if it was more of a casual machine, the problem might not exists, but it is happening now and I don't know what I plan to do to stop it. Currently, the leak is not making its way into the shot, so I'm continuing to use the machine.
With the amount of expresso that my wife and I drink, I probably need to upgrade again, but pricing is a very big concern for us. So we'll keep this machine until the leak becomes unbearable and then move on.
It's rather disappointing, and I think this is a design flaw with all the comments I have read. I understand the Capresso customer service is very good, but I have yet to check in with them, since my machine is now out of warranty.
Still, the expresso is good and the steam, though slower than I would like, is still very efficient and makes great lattes. (Posted on 2/5/2016)
Get something betterReview by Leonardo
Not a bad machine if you use it occasionally, but for daily use you will be buying something better after a year or two of use. I brew two or three shots and while the initial impression was very favorable, there are parts made of plastic that should be bronze, as is the case with the head licking component. This is where the porta filter locks into the head. It is made out of plastic and the metal of the porta filter will eventually erode or weaken the plastic. Then try to find a replacement and good luck! I've tried for a while now and cannot find parts for this machine. I have disassembled it completely and put it back together again to working conditions. It has helped that I only used distilled water, for everything inside was very clean and no scaling problems at all. But now it spills and splatters, makes watered down shots and I am to a point where I cannot use it anymore. I pulled out my old (30 years +) Black and Decker EM5 and that is what I'm using until I can invest in a solid machine. Think of spending about what you would in a nice stove or double door refrigerator. Now you have a long lasting, solid machine which you can find parts for should you need it. (Posted on 1/20/2016)
Best machine I've usedReview by Barbara
I've used about every low price machine on the market and grumbled, then bought the EC Pro and couldn't be happier. Very easy to use in every way. Although the "con" column notes the low clearance of the wand, no problem if you tilt your cup while purging...and also warm your cup at the same time. I get perfectly steamed milk and espresso every time, even 1/2 asleep. Just be sure to purge wand after finishing steaming or it will clog, as I discovered to my chagrin. (Posted on 9/22/2014)
Love this machine!Review by Minerva
This is a simple and small machine. It makes good crema.The double spout and bottomless portafilters are heavy and well made. There's no hot water dispenser so I get it from the group head. Also the warmer takes time to warm up, which is not an issue with me, so I fill the cup with hot water from either the group head or steam from the steam wand. The tamper is okay if you grind extra fine. I recommend getting a heavier tamper. I use the Barraza Encore grinder with this machine which I do not have to calibrate. The taste of the espresso from this machine is comparable to the branded coffee shops. (Posted on 1/14/2014)
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