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Product Description

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.
Pros
  • 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.
Cons
  • 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 .
Ease of Use 4
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare? This machine has comparable functionality to the EC100, but with a more modern, sleeker look.

Additional Information

Model Number 118.05
Manufacturer Capresso
Width 8 inches
Depth 11 inches
Height 11.5 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 13.0000
Watts 1050W
Volts 120V
Programmability No
Case Material Stainless Steel/Plastic
Cup Clearance 3 inches
Reservoir Size 42 ounces
Steam Wand Type Traditional Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Bottomless, Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 1 minute 15 seconds
Warm Up: Steam Time 45 seconds
Boiler Design Single Boiler
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off No
Auto On No
Material Stainless Steel

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Hi,
People on the web complaining that after 6-8 months it starts leaking from the brew head.
I heard that the brew head of this machine is made of plastic (colored in chrome). Is this true?
Thanks
A shopper on Nov 15, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, the brew head is plastic colored chrome. On the inside is a harder white plastic, got mine in August 2014 no leaks yet.
Reply · Report · Justin H on Nov 15, 2014
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Does this machine allows nice enough frothing of the milk to do latte art?
Alexandra on Nov 17, 2014
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!
Reply · Report · C J on Jan 25, 2015
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Is this machine ESE pod friendly or would an adaptor be needed?
Caitlin E on Aug 9, 2014
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.
Reply · Report · Barbara B on Aug 11, 2014
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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. :)
Big Dave on Jul 3, 2014
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).
Reply · Report · Daniel H on Jul 4, 2014
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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.

Thank you for your time,

Luke.
Luke S on Jun 24, 2014
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!

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/capresso-infinity-conical-burr-grinder

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/baratza-virtuoso-burr-espresso-grinder-with-preciso-burrs-redesign-586
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 24, 2014
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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?
Troy B on Jan 22, 2015
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!
Reply (1) · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 22, 2015
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where do they make this product?
A shopper on Dec 27, 2014
Best Answer: Italy.
Reply · Report · Andre Z on Jan 1, 2015
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What is the boiler made of?
A shopper on Dec 15, 2014
Best Answer: According to Capresso, the EC Pro boiler is made of die-cast stainless steel.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 23, 2015
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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?
Joey S on Sep 22, 2014
Best Answer: Hi Joey,

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!

Cheers,
Kay
Reply · Report · Kay M S on Sep 22, 2014
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Do you think that you could outfit this with a PID?
Big Dave on Aug 11, 2014
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!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 11, 2014
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Does the bottomless portafilter of the EC PRO would fit the EC100?
Gabriela C on Aug 7, 2014
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.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 7, 2014
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I was wondering if you can froth milk and pour shots out at the same time? My espresso machine that I have now is not able to do so and I was looking for one that can.
A shopper on Jul 25, 2014
Best Answer: No, this Capresso EC Pro is a single boiler machine and so you are not able to brew and steam at the same time, unfortunately.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 25, 2014
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Hi, does this machine have a three-way solenoid valve? Thanks!
A shopper on Jun 18, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately no, this Capresso EC Pro machine does not have a three way solenoid valve.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 19, 2014
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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!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 13, 2014
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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!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 4, 2014
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Hi,
I'm wondering how this little machine compares to the gaggia classic?
This definitely caught my eye when browsing the site for an espresso machine - as did the gaggia.
Reece T on Mar 19, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately we don't offer the Gaggia machines and so I can't make a comparison for you. Sorry I can't be of greater assistance on this!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 19, 2014
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What is the boiler made from? Brass, Stainless steel, copper?
Brian V on Feb 5, 2014
Best Answer: The boiler of the Capresso EC PRO is made of aluminum.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 7, 2014
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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!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 7, 2014
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can you use a non pressurized portafilter with this ?
t c on Jan 31, 2014
Best Answer: This Capresso EC PRO machine actually comes standard with two portafilters, a pressurized as well as a non pressurized bottomless option.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 1, 2014
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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.
Pedro E on Sep 29, 2014
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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.
Reply · Report · STEPHEN T P on May 27, 2014
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What tamper size is best fir this machine? A 50mm or 51mm?
MINERVA T on Jan 12, 2014
Best Answer: I have had success using a 50mm tamper with this Capresso EC Pro Espresso & Cappuccino machine.
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Warranty Information for the Capresso EC PRO

What it Covers:

Jura and Capresso espresso machines, coffee makers, tea makers, grinders and milk frothers

Length:

- 1 Year (Refurbished Jura-branded equipment, all Capresso-branded equipment)

- 2 Years (New Jura-branded superautomatic espresso machines)

Who Supports the Warranty: Jura
Warranty Contact Information: 800-767-3554
Notes: 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).
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No
Can SCG Repair? No

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.
  • Soap out water tank and drip tray every few days.

Reviews

Best machine I've usedReview by Barbara
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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
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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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