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Ariete Cafe Retro 1388-BK Espresso Coffee Machine - Black

Retro coffee making with a modern touch. With its retro design, the 1388 will add a bit of fun to any kitchen! It’s not just a pretty face though, it has all the features to make a delicious coffee. With a temperature gauge and indicator light, it’s really easy to keep an eye on the progress of your coffee. It comes with a frothing device so you can whip up a yummy latte or cappuccino to coffee shop standards. You can even use ground coffee in the machine, giving you greater flexibility. Cleaning is a doddle too, with a removable metal drip tray and the 0.9L removable water tank.

Watch Video Review | Read Specification Dimensions (cm): (H)31.0 x (W)23.0 x (D)28.0
 
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1 of 1 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product to a friend

Attractiveness

  5.0 out of 5

Build Quality

  4.0 out of 5

Ease of Cleaning

  4.0 out of 5

Ease of Use

  5.0 out of 5

Features

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"Beautiful design"

Pros: Value for money, Easy to use, Good build quality, looks good

Cons: bad filter handle design

"I am very happy I purchased this coffee machine. In its price range it is without a doubt the most attractive machine available, which is important as it has to stay on the counter.

Build quality is great, albeit with more plastic than chrome, but this is a small compromise that allows what is a very attractive machine to be purchased at a third of the price of most other attractive machines.

The coffee it makes is really very excellent - the gauge enables you to see exactly what temperature the water is and you can make sure it runs through at optimum temperature every time.

Its stylish and retro looks, and the very 50s knobbly switches (which are metal), mean that I look forward to using it every morning, not just for the delicious coffee.

All in all, this machine really has everything I want - I don't use the steamer so I can't comment on that in great detail, though it works very well as far as I can see, keeping heat and pressure for much longer than my last machine.

The Cafe Retro is meant to take coffee pods too, though I prefer ground coffee which it makes very well. If you prefer coffee pods I imagine you could find a much cheaper machine that would work just as well.

The only slight flaw is that the filter cup and/or the grounds themselves will detach from the filter handle and stick to the machine if you don't remove them straight away, which is a bit annoying as I rarely remember to remove it straight away.

They can be removed easily by getting under the rim and easing them off with a butter knife or spoon, and it certainly isn't enough of a flaw to make me want to send the machine back, but it is a problem the manufacturers ought to address.

If good design is as important to you as the quality of the coffee, but you don't have the budget to spend £400+ on a desirable coffee machine, then this is the machine for you."

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Ease of Use:

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Features:

4 / 5

Attractiveness:

5 / 5

Ease of Cleaning:

4 / 5

Reviewed by: LickyFingers

Location: London, UK

Gender: Female

Age: 35 to 44

Family size: Couple

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Ariete Cafe Retro 1388-BK specification

Product Detail   Feature Videos
Dimensions (H)31.0 x (W)23.0 x (D)28.0  
Brand Ariete  
Colour Black  
Category Espresso Coffee Machines  
SKU 1388-BK_BK  
Reasons To Buy   Feature Videos
Frother / Steam Arm Yes  
Ground Coffee Option Yes  
Make Life Easier   Feature Videos
Removable Water Tank Yes  
Drip Tray Yes  
Main Cavity   Feature Videos
Water Tank Capacity 0.9 Litres  
Features We Love   Feature Videos
Retro Yes  
Warranty   Feature Videos
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Year(s)  
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The 1388-BK Cafe Retro espresso coffee machine from Ariete will certainly look the part in your kitchen with its super cool retro design. It’s not just a pretty face though and comes packed full of features to make a delicious coffee at a professional standard.

For added versatility, it comes with a frothing device so you can whip up a latte or cappuccino as well as an espresso or Americano. It also lets you use ground coffee, which is great if there’s someone in your household who prefers decaffeinated coffee.

The 0.9 litre water tank will make a few cups, perfect if you’ve got friends round. It’s really easy to fill up too as it detaches so you can take it over to the sink. That’s not the only thing that’s removable too. You can take the drip tray off to empty it whenever you need to, making the cleaning and maintenance of your coffee machine really easy.

 

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