Attention all you budding baristas! We've got just the machine to get you started. The Krups XP5280 Precise Tamp Programmable Espresso Machine is clad in sleek stainless steel and unlike most semi-automatic espresso machines, the XP5280 makes espresso shots a snap, even for a novice. With an exclusive Krups Precise Tamp system, this espresso machine compresses any type of ground coffee. The difference is, this tamp is hands free and makes consistent shots every time. After extracting your shot, the Krups XP5280 provides a no-mess puck ejector, meaning that at a push of a button, the used espresso grounds come out clean.
Features & Functionality of the Krups XP5280
Full-Flavor: In order to extract the maximum flavor from the beans, this machine pre-infuses each cup. The pump works for three seconds, pauses for three seconds, and then continues until the cup is finished.
Programmable: This machine is pre-programmed to use 1.7 oz of water per cup of espresso. It is always possible to stop the coffee flowing by pressing the "1 cup" or "2 cups" button again.
Pod Compatible: Filter holder can hold both E.S.E or soft pods for a simple and cleaner use of the machine.
Milk Frother: The XP5280 comes with a standard frothing nozzle and an auto-cappuccino accessory. Steam can be used to froth milk. As it produces steam, the pump will make a thumping sound, like many single-boilers.
Compact - With all of the features on the Krups XP5280, we'd expect it to have a much larger footprint. But that's not the case; it won't take up much space on your countertop.
Auto-Tamping - The auto-tamper does not require a separate basket to create pressure. The Krups Precise Tamp automatically tamps your coffee grounds to the optimum level for that espresso shot you're looking for.
Pre-Infusion - To maximize the flavor of your espresso grounds, this machine pre-infuses each cup by pumping and pausing for three seconds until you've extracted the ideal shot.
Weak Auto Frother - We're not crazy for this machine's auto frother. You may be better off making quality micro foam by frothing your milk yourself with the steam wand.
Longer Steam Time - We found the Krups XP5280 takes a bit longer to steam than other machines.
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The Krups XP5280 has a unique self-tamping system. Fill the portafilter, smooth excess grounds off the edges and click it into place. The process of inserting the portafilter properly applies tamping pressure.
Does this machine put out hot water? If so, how and how hot is the water?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2012
Best Answer:Well technically you can run a shot without espresso and get hot water, but there are better ways to do that, like a tea kettle. The water that comes out is pretty hot to the touch so take that for what it's worth, I've never bothered measuring the temp of what comes out the machine.
I've read some reviews that the downfall to this machine is the time it takes in between making successive cups is 15 minutes. Is this true? What machine do you recommend as a good semi automatic espresso machine?
Best Answer:No, it doesn't that long. The machine works well but the temperature is not quite hot enough. The foaming part of the machine is hit and miss, however I love the manual twist tamping of this machine. I bought the Krups XP6025 with 19 bar pump machine. This machine does it all yet it receives mediocre reviews. Why is this? Most likely it is because most people don't take time to read the instructions carefully, but once you understand the architecture of electronics, this machine makes espresso like a $2,000.00 machine. It also makes perfect foam every time. I have has several Krups machines and they last forever (for me). My secrete for long life is using distilled water which eliminates any scale build up. The problem with Krups is the make too many machines. I do not know why Krups did not include the manual tamping like the XP5280 has? The XP6025 is a great deal. Why one may ask? It is always on sale below the asking price because people in America don't know how to read to operate the machine correctly. Another great thing about XP6025 is that the program turns down the heating element on its own if one forgets to turn off the machine. However, I use both machines daily. I have a Illy Francis too, it is beautiful to look at but the electrical shorted out. I still keep it to look at...... its a piece of Italian art.
The Krups XP5280 does a very nice job, but unfortunately cannot do drink after drink after drink with success. The wait time between drinks is not 15 minutes, however, and so I am not sure why there might have been this in reviews online. If you are looking to brew many many drinks in a row, you would need to upgrade to a high level heat exchanger (at $1,000 and above), but if you are only doing 2-4 drinks in the morning, this Krups would be just fine. Hope this helps!
The machine is very very quick in reheating between cups. I've never had it take more than 30 seconds. The true drawback of the machine is the incredibly flimsy steam wand. They are made of plastic and do not last long under the stress of pressurized steam being forced out of them. We also have had some issues with the thermoblock leaking, so we occasionally find water leaking out of the machine onto the counter. That said, this machine makes an excellent espresso.
Could you pelase advise me on which size milk frothing pitcher I should use with this machine? One for more foam maybe and one for less?
Thanks very much in advance.
A shopper on Dec 30, 2013
Best Answer:Hi Attila,
This Krups XP5280 doesn't have the power to froth large amounts of milk at a time, and so I would recommend a 12 oz frothing pitcher for small amounts, and nothing larger than say a 20 oz frothing pitcher. Hope this helps!
Best Answer:I am sorry about those conflicting pieces of information, and thanks for checking with us. I spoke with my marketing department, and they verified with our sales representative with Krups for confirmation. The wattage for the XP2580 is 1460 and the boiler is made of aluminum. The info should be correct on the site, and I am sorry incorrect info may still exist in some videos!
Thanks Teri for the quick response. I am not a coffee drinker but was thinking of buying the Krups xp5280 for my wife. Do you think this is a good entry level expresso machine? Some reviewers seemed to have had problems with the wand and the way it attaches to the machine. What's your thoughts? Thanks in advance frank Murphy
Hi Frank, Yes, this is a great entry level machine that offers programming for your single and double shot, as well as pretty nice micro foam. The wand is a bit tricky to remove at first (as you can see in our video!) but once you get the hang of it's removal, it comes off for cleaning easily. The only other downside to this unit is that we aren't able to work on the Krups machines, and so we don't know how often they are coming into service centers for repair. We can work on the Saeco machines like the Poemia, Aroma and Via Venezia, and so we know that have a good reputation. I'd check them out as well as this Krups for options for your wife!
After owning a Krups for a decade, I purchased this 'precise tamp' model, and have replaced the basket three times, twice because the handle cracked and now a spring is broken so one can't fill the basket fully and the self-temp doesn't work well. I was OK doing the tamping myself, so rather than purchase another basket I am looking around. (Posted on 2/23/2015)
Enjoyable with a few setbacksReview by AEB
We have had this particular machine for over a year now. We are now on our 4th steam arm attachment and 2nd filter holder. The original wand attachment has small plastic parts that did not hold up well under heat and use and cracked after about 3 months of use. We ordered a replacement of a different style. This screwed on to the metal arm coming out of the machine. This included a replacement gasket. Unfortunately over time the threads on this piece weakened and gave out as we had been cleaning it after use. The new one was designed with a simple twist on and off. This also slightly moved the piece attached to the metal causing the wear. We then ordered the next and decided to wait to clean it till it had completely cooled down. This lasted longer but eventually the same issue happened. The filter holder had one of the two plastic pieces on the bottom break off after repeated cleaning as well after use. We are still happy with the performance just not so happy with some of the design flaws we have run into. (Posted on 5/19/2013)
Wish the coffee was hotReview by Janet
If you don't mind the coffee REALLY hot than this machine is great. It's easy to use and clean. The coffee tastes great, BUT the boiler is not stainless steel, rather aluminum, and it doesn't brew it super hot. KRUPS has great customer service, they exchanged the first machine, but unfortunately it's due to the design flaw of the material for the boiler. Wish they would fix this! (Posted on 11/20/2012)
Great machine except for steam armReview by ajb
This machine was reasonably priced and the espresso shot making mechanism works well. It is easy to program the shot volume/strength. You have to remember to empty the drip tray often, because it expels a lot of water when it cools itself down from steaming. I was very happy with the quality of the coffee it produced from different makes and grinds of coffee. I usually use an espresso grind, but sometimes used coarser coffee when I ran out of espresso.
The steam arm did a fine job for a while. However, the constant assembling and disassembling tend to weaken the contraption. The plastic clips weakened over time, as did the seal. First, the arm would leak steam from the top of the wand about half way trough steaming. Then the clips stopped holding well, and the wand became crooked and then blew off a couple of times. I did follow all instruction, making sure the wand was not blocked, and seating the clips firmly. Now one of the clips has broken off. I have emailed Krups, since the machine is less than four months old, and hope they will send a new steam arm assembly. If the next one fails, then the design is poor.
Easy To Use, Programmable, Great Taste, Quick Brewing
(Posted on 11/6/2011)
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