Incredibly simple and very affordable with some nifty features, the Capresso Ultima PRO is an intriguing espresso machine for those looking for something with more than just the bare bones espresso-making essentials.
Of note, this model has two standout features:
Nifty features aside, this model pulls a strong shot with a rich crema.
The problem is that some users (not an insignificant amount of them) have reported pump failures around 4-5 months of use.
The unit has 5 buttons on its front interface:
As mentioned above, an interesting feature of this model is its built-in tamper. When you insert the portafilter basket, the machine automatically tamps the grounds for you.
This can be construed as either a pro or a con depending on your preferences.
Some people, like myself, enjoy being able to tamp their own grounds. It affords a little extra control over my shot.
Others enjoy having this extra step being hands off.