The Krups XP5210 is a pretty traditional espresso maker. It lacks the intelligence and ease-of-use of some other coffee makers, but that also means there's less to go wrong, and you get pretty close to the style of a professional coffee maker without having to spend a ridiculous amount of money.
The only part of the machine that has to deal with the actual coffee grounds is the removable holder wand, making it a good deal simpler than a bean-to-cup machine. However, there is also a milk steamer, to the side of the coffee nozzle.
Using both ground coffee and ESE coffee pods that sit in the holder, the XP5210 makes it easy to avoid using expensive pre-packaged pods without an additional accessory.
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The Krups XP5210 is pretty simple to maintain, as it's only the coffee holder that needs to be washed regularly.
It's also a fairly fast and effective machine, with 15-bar pressure making it roughly as fast as more expensive machines.
For those who aren't coffee enthusiasts, the XP5210 isn't the easiest-to-use coffee machine. Rather than pressing a button, you have to rotate the coffee holder within its slot a certain amount to determine the size and type of coffee served. You'll get used to this mechanism, but it's initially confusing and does raise some slight concerns over the durability of the machine, as quite a yank is required.
During our testing, the coffee holder and its holster seemed strong enough, but general build quality is just ok. It's outer part is slightly plasticky – which is showed up by how hands-on you have to get with the thing.
The Krups XP5210 is a coffee machine for real coffee enthusiasts, using the same mechanism as a professional machine. It produces great coffee, but isn't the simplest to get on with if you want great coffee with zero fuss.
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