Product Review: CBTL’s Americano Machine

If you read my previous article, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s“Trade Up Your Cup 2” at Angels Stadium of Anaheim, the story of this product started in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Even after hours of waiting in line, CBTL’s Americano Machine was well worth the wait.

The outer packaging was very sturdy and kept the Americano Machine in pristine condition during transit. With machines like this, it is best to use distilled water to keep the water lines clear of mineral deposits that may clog them over time. Read the instructions carefully before using it for the first time. There is a priming process that it needs to go through before you make your first cup of coffee. I suggest doing it the night before as it may take a little time than you have available if you plan on making a travel mug of coffee before work. In comparison to the Keurig machines, the Americano Machine is much louder. I like that there are adjustable height levels for the base depending on the coffee cup size you are using, but I felt that the bottom level had the best support. So if you’re using a smaller cup, you might want to hold it up to the dispensing tip so the coffee doesn’t splatter on your counter or the machine. I also like the self-contained capsule storage drawer that collects the used capsules. When it gets full, just pull the drawer out and dump it into the trash. You may want to wash out the drawer as there will be residual coffee that may drip out of the pods. Purchase includes a 1-year limited warranty. Thumbs up!


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