The Cuisinox Roma Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker is your kind of coffee maker if you want a machine that doesn't make you pay for what you already have, yet still produces great tasting espressos and looks fabulous sitting on your kitchen worktop.
It comes in three sizes - 10-Cup, 6-Cup, and 2-Cup. But one of the most noticeable features about it is that Cuisinox give it a full 25-year warranty. They obviously have full confidence in their product, so let's see if that confidence is justified.
|Table of Contents|
|Is The Coffee Good?||Build Quality|
|Pleasing On The Eye||Espresso Easy|
|Features & Specs||Cleaning It Up|
|Pros and Cons||Consumer Ratings|
With the Cuisinox Roma The Coffee Had Better Be Good . . .
When you're paying almost $100 or more for an espresso maker that doesn't have its own heating device, the coffee had better taste great. Well, if you want crema on your espresso and you're prepared to grind the beans very finely then you're in for a treat.
If you use a simple blade grinder and make the grinds powdery, but don't compact them too much, then you'll find that this espresso maker is set up to produce the perfect espresso for you.
If you leave the lid open and watch while it brews then you will see the crema form and cover the espresso. That's the time to take it off the heat because your espresso is done. If you leave it on too long it may taste a little burnt, though, of course, some people prefer it like that anyway. A little trial and error, and you'll know exactly how to use this machine.
About The Build Quality
Cuisinox have given a great deal of thought to the build quality of the Roma. It's not just that they have included an extra gasket and a reducer, so you can easily measure half-measures if you don't want a full pot. Nor that they've hand-crafted the entire unit to the highest industry standards.
It's not even the induction base, enabling you to use any heat source - electricity or gas - to heat the water, that attracts so much praise. Where Cuisinox have scored is that they've made the whole product from stainless steel, and not aluminum. Aluminum has attracted a lot of publicity lately on account of its adverse health effects (it releases harmful oxides when coming into contact with hot liquids).
Cuisinox have used heavy gauge 18/10 stainless steel, polished to a mirror finish. Even though it's made in China, Cuisinox are a Canadian company and are evidently capable of enforcing very high-quality control standards in their factories.
For example, unlike some other stovetop models, the Roma isn't prone to having its handle break off. Just feel it in your hands. It's solid and quite heavy. The two parts of the pot screw together tightly so as not to allow any steam to escape. It doesn't feel like anything ever could break. Perhaps Cuisinox knew what they were doing when they decided on that 25-year warranty.
Pleasing On The Eye - And On Your Kitchen Worktop
Cuisinox have a distinct style. They aim for beauty as well as practicality. The Roma, all stainless steel, is sleek and elegant, yet is still down to earth enough to include a screen filter that you place in the filter itself if you want to halve the amount of coffee you're brewing.
The Cuisinox Roma Stovetop is easy to use, once you've got used to it and know one or two things about it. As long as you have the right amounts of water and coffee grinds in place, and you don't over or undercook, then you'll get it right.
You can use it with electricity or gas. Make sure the handle isn't placed directly over the heat source, and keep the setting on medium to low for best results. Don't overfill the water reservoir either - the brass safety pressure-relief valve should be above the water line. If you obey these simple guidelines then you should have excellent results with the Roma.
Features and Specifications:
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 7 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Item model number: COF-10R
- Construction: Stainless steel
- Induction base
- Included: screen filter, one extra gasket, and reducer
- Warranty: 25 years
Cleaning It Up
When it comes to cleaning, you should hand wash the Cuisinox Roma Stainless Steel Stovetop, rather than just put in the dishwasher. But it is very easy to clean. It doesn't make very much mess to start with.
Cleaning is easier if you unscrew the two sections of the pot after pouring your coffee, and let them cool, rather than place them straight into cold water. This prolongs the life of the gasket apart from anything else.
Wipe any excess coffee grounds from around the grounds basket lip (where it makes contact with the gasket) so the seal doesn't leak. And every so often, make a "brew" with a tablespoon of baking soda. That will clean up the internal parts and keep it producing great tasting espressos.
Pros and Cons
Over 290 customers give this product an average rating of well over 4 stars out of 5 on Amazon at the time of writing. The superior tasting espressos that it produces, and the fact that it's not made of aluminum figure prominently in the reviews. Its good looks and sturdy durability also go down well.
Some have commented that the inside of the top chamber is hard to clean and wipe dry. Others have not noticed this. In any event, if you clean with the baking soda method you can just leave the parts to drain overnight.
The Cuisinox Roma Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker is a hit with the vast majority of its users, who love the polished mirror-finish of its stainless steel exterior as well as the delicious coffee that they get from it. With the choice of a 10-Cup or 6-Cup model, this is an espresso maker that can bring great satisfaction to all coffee lovers.