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I’m not sure about you, but coffee is one of the only things that can get me out of bed in the morning. If you feel the same way, we should both be on the same page about having a high-grade coffee machine within reaching distance.
That’s why I decided to do a Vaundra espresso machine review. This is a new machine that caught my eye due to its attractive low-cost cost, yet powerful features.
My Star Rating
I’ve reviewed a variety of espresso machines throughout my years, and I can tell you that not all of them are easy to set up and start using. In some cases, I’ve been scratching my head on the verge of tears after many hours of trying to figure them out. Obviously, this is the opposite of what you want when you’re excited to unpack your new espresso machine and brew some fantastic coffee.
When it comes to the Vaundra, I’m happy to report that setting it up isn’t too much hassle; however, you will need to definitely read the instructions beforehand, as there are a few things that will leave you looking confused. For example, in my great wisdom, I decided to try the machine before reading the manual.
The outcome appeared to be a faulty machine that wouldn’t dispense anything out of the portafilter. Although, later I realized I didn’t follow an important step and that the issue was completely my own doing.
The Vaundra espresso machine has an impressive 20-bar pressure system. You’ll typically find that most espresso machines in this price range have a 15-bar, which can still produce nice coffee but is no match for a 20-bar.
If you’re confused about what I’m talking about, the higher bar pressure allows for more flavors to be extracted from the coffee grounds. This means you want to look for machines that say “20-bar”.
However, a few words of warning: just because a machine claims to have a 20-bar pressure system, it doesn’t mean it is capable of reaching maximum pressure. That’s why in some cases, a 15-bar performs better because it actually does what it says on the box.
Sorry for getting a little sidetracked; let’s get back to the Vaundra. It managed to perform really well by always reaching just under 20 bars of pressure. This made my coffee extremely flavorful and consistently good.
From lattes to cortados, every coffee combination I could think of was made using this espresso machine, and none of them disappointed me.
In my opinion, a steam wand can make or break a machine. However, I’m a little bit biased because I’m particularly fond of milk-based coffee drinks. If you only care about making espresso shots, all you need to know is the steam wand works well, and you won’t need to read the rest of this section where I continue rambling!
For those of you who want a more in-depth understanding of how the steam wand works, here we go. First of all, the steamer does take a little time to get going. This can be a little bit irritating when you’re in a rush, but it isn’t too much of a problem.
Secondly, the Vaundra wand does take a while to heat up the milk. Again, this isn’t a major problem, but it is a bit of an issue when you’re in a hurry. I’ve found over the years of trying espresso machines in this price range that most of their steam wands take a little longer than I would like.
There are a couple of ways to get over this obstacle: You can warm the milk up before using the steam wand and let the wand finish it off, or opt for another machine that is a little bit more powerful, such as the Mirox.
There’s one more important thing to talk about in my Vaundra espresso machine review: cleaning. I found that a good scrub once a month is all that is needed to keep the espresso machine in excellent condition, along with other mandatory maintenance (such as running a cleaning solution through the machine) to keep it in tip-top shape.
To Sum Up
I was very happy with my purchase of this espresso machine, and I hope my Vaundra espresso machine review reflects that. For its price, you get an easy-to-use machine that packs quite a punch.
I’d say it’s a good choice for beginners or those on a tight budget. However, if you want something a little more powerful and has a built-in grinder, there are other options I would recommend.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading. Have a brew-tiful day!