I have noticed that there is another Hamilton Beach Espresso maker model 40715 that is available for the same price and TestFreaks.com says that it came out at the end of July 2009. They appear to be alike in every way except for the way that they look. I can't find any reviews or information as to why they offer a different model for the same price. Common sense says that they were just improving on the design of the 40729 model but without anybodys reviews or input how do we know it wont be another flop like the 40714 recall with the faulty steam tube a few years ago? Maybe this one brews a better espresso shot or has a better boiler? Maybe it has the same exact guts but gives you more room between the basket and the drip tray for bigger cups?(That was a very popular complaint in many reviews) I have already bought one of these 40715's that I will try for the first time tomorrow morning hoping that it was an improvement. But there is nothing wrong with trying to find a little reassurance from someone who may already know the answer to this and is hopefully more than just speculating. Thanks.
Had machine almost a week. The machine itself seems to work great, but I'm getting a kind of metallic taste and smell from the coffee and the milk. Thought it might be the water reservoir at first, so made sure I emptied and refilled after each use. I even went so far as to fully clean it after using it, but still had funny taste. I was ready to take it back to Walmart ($69.99)but decided to try one more thing. I used a different brand of espresso and used half & half instead of milk, and I have to say the difference was amazing. You are right about very few reviews to be found, and even those weren't very favorable, but I will probably keep the machine another couple of weeks to see what it does. I'm also going to try using distilled water (although this isn't called for)to see what happens. I am somewhat disappointed that you can only get 2 shots at a time, since my previous machine gave me 4, but maybe I need to cut back on the caffeine a little anyway.
At present time, how is the Hamilton Beach Espresso maker model 40715 after using? I´m interested in this machine. Can you help me?
just bought one after my delongui died at walmart. first two cups were fine it left the largest crema on top off all machines ive tried from 50 to 350 dollars. it also steams ok not as good as some others but satifactorly. right now the coffee which i get from italy through amazon.com.and this mach are perfect only ITALY KNOW HOW TO MAKE GREAT ESPRESSO COFFEE NEVER BITTER.