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Review of the Redmond CM701 carob coffee maker

12.12.2023 08:51

Characteristics

ManufacturerRedmond
ModelCM701
Typecarob coffee maker
Country of OriginChina
Guarantee1 year
Life time *3 years
Declared power1200 W
Housing materialplastic, metal
Tank capacity0.9 l
Pressure20 bar
Controlmechanical, electronic (touch)
Weight3.3 kg
Dimensions (W×H×D)140×296×370 mm
Network cable length0.75 m

* Contrary to popular belief, this is not the time limit after which the device will necessarily break down. However, after this period, the manufacturer ceases to bear any responsibility for its performance and has the right to refuse to repair it, even for a fee.

Equipment

The coffee maker comes in a box decorated in a simple style. Such a box can be seen more likely on a shelf with semi-professional coffee makers, and not in the department of cones for the home.

After examining the box, you can see a photograph of the device, as well as its main technical characteristics.

Opening the box, we found inside:

  • the coffee maker itself
  • horn with two filters
  • plastic tamper spoon
  • instructions
  • warranty card and promotional materials

As we can see, the package in our case turned out to be completely standard: we didn’t find anything unexpected in the box, but we found everything we might need when working with the device.

At first sight

The coffee maker leaves the impression of an excellent device. Although it is intended for home use and does not have professional characteristics, every detail of the case is made in a simple and stylish design. The build quality is also excellent: there is no play, squeaks or unnecessary movement of elements.

The coffee maker looks more premium than you would expect from a device in its price category. It has very compact dimensions, occupying minimal space on the work surface — only 14 centimeters wide. This allows you to place it even in the smallest kitchen, for example, in a studio apartment.

The body of the coffee maker is made of metal, although the internal parts remain plastic. However, metal cladding looks stylish: neatly made metal sheets and existing cracks do not cause negative feelings.

The touch control panel is decorated with a plastic frame, painted metal, which adds elegance to the coffee maker.

Metal stand for storing (heating) cups.

Metal stand for storing (heating) cups.

The coffee maker weighs quite little — about 3.3 kg.

The coffee maker weighs quite little — about 3.3 kg.

On the bottom of the coffee maker you can find rubber feet and a sticker with the model number and technical information. There are also ventilation holes located at the bottom, but there is no compartment for storing the cord: the cord, which is not too long, is simply pulled out from the back of the device.

On the bottom of the coffee maker you can find rubber feet and a sticker with the model number and technical information. There are also ventilation holes located at the bottom, but there is no compartment for storing the cord: the cord, which is not too long, is simply pulled out from the back of the device.

On the bottom of the coffee maker you can find rubber feet and a sticker with the model number and technical information. There are also ventilation holes located at the bottom, but there is no compartment for storing the cord: the cord, which is not too long, is simply pulled out from the back of the device.

On the bottom of the coffee maker you can find rubber feet and a sticker with the model number and technical information. There are also ventilation holes located at the bottom, but there is no compartment for storing the cord: the cord, which is not too long, is simply pulled out from the back of the device.

The container is made of transparent darkened plastic. The volume is relatively small, but not the smallest — 900 ml. On the sides you can see the Min and Max marks, corresponding to the permissible minimum and maximum water. The container is fixed in the device body at a slight angle, with a slight click. The first few times you will need to get used to installing the container correctly. There is a recessed handle on the back for easy removal and installation.

The container is made of transparent darkened plastic. The volume is relatively small, but not the smallest — 900 ml. On the sides you can see the Min and Max marks, corresponding to the permissible minimum and maximum water. The container is fixed in the device body at a slight angle, with a slight click. The first few times you will need to get used to installing the container correctly. There is a recessed handle on the back for easy removal and installation.

The water container does not have a lid — it is installed directly into the device body.Please note that it is not possible to add water to the coffee maker without removing the container. Given its small volume, the coffee maker will have to be positioned so that access to the back wall of the device is simple and convenient. Let us add that 900 ml is a comfortable volume for 1-2 users. If the number of coffee drinkers in your home exceeds this value, it makes sense to consider larger coffee makers. Otherwise you will have to add water almost every day.Water is supplied to the coffee maker through a valve at the bottom, equipped with a simple mesh filter.

The water container does not have a lid — it is installed directly into the device body.

Please note that it is not possible to add water to the coffee maker without removing the container. Given its small volume, the coffee maker will have to be positioned so that access to the back wall of the device is simple and convenient. Let us add that 900 ml is a comfortable volume for 1-2 users. If the number of coffee drinkers in your home exceeds this value, it makes sense to consider larger coffee makers. Otherwise you will have to add water almost every day.

Water is supplied to the coffee maker through a valve at the bottom, equipped with a simple mesh filter.

On the right side of the coffee maker there is a cappuccino maker tube equipped with a plastic grip (to avoid getting burned) and a removable metal pannarello nozzle.

On the right side of the coffee maker there is a cappuccino maker tube equipped with a plastic grip (to avoid getting burned) and a removable metal pannarello nozzle.

Everything looks just like “adult” coffee makers.If we remove the nozzle, we will see that steam is supplied directly through the metal tube. No plastic straws inside!

Everything looks just like “adult” coffee makers.

If we remove the nozzle, we will see that steam is supplied directly through the metal tube. No plastic straws inside!

The cappuccino maker tube itself, as usual, rotates to the right/left, but does not move up/down, which is typical for budget models. Considering the compact dimensions of the coffee maker, this solution may not be very convenient. The height from the working surface to the cappuccino maker tube is no more than 10 centimeters, which imposes some restrictions on the size of the pitcher (milk foam jug).

Above the cappuccino maker's horn there is a plastic steam supply handle, which has two operating positions (on and off). There are explanatory pictogram icons next to the handle on the body.

Above the cappuccino maker's horn there is a plastic steam supply handle, which has two operating positions (on and off). There are explanatory pictogram icons next to the handle on the body.

Let's immediately pay attention to the brewing group. Unfortunately, the horn mount is plastic, not metal. Water is supplied through a steel strainer with a large number of holes. Icons with an open and closed lock will tell you how to correctly install the horn and how to fix it correctly.

Let's immediately pay attention to the brewing group. Unfortunately, the horn mount is plastic, not metal. Water is supplied through a steel strainer with a large number of holes. Icons with an open and closed lock will tell you how to correctly install the horn and how to fix it correctly.

The horn of our coffee maker is installed with the handle to the left and tightened by moving it towards you. You can install a cup up to 8 cm high under the horn.

The horn of our coffee maker is installed with the handle to the left and tightened by moving it towards you. You can install a cup up to 8 cm high under the horn.

Under the cup there is a metal stand and a removable plastic drip tray.There is no fill indicator on the pallet, so you will have to monitor the level of its filling yourself.

Under the cup there is a metal stand and a removable plastic drip tray.

There is no fill indicator on the pallet, so you will have to monitor the level of its filling yourself.

On top of the coffee maker there is a metal stand for storing cups. As we know from other similar models, it would be naive to talk about real heating of cups in this case (budget devices do not have a special heating element for cups). However, looking ahead, let’s say that the cups still warm up a little.

On top of the coffee maker there is a metal stand for storing cups. As we know from other similar models, it would be naive to talk about real heating of cups in this case (budget devices do not have a special heating element for cups). However, looking ahead, let’s say that the cups still warm up a little.

The horn with a diameter of 51-52 mm has a plastic handle. The main material of the horn is light white metal (silumin?). The handle is plastic, the handle attachment is also plastic, painted to look like metal. The horn looks good, but is far from elite. Which, however, is common for budget coffee makers.

The horn with a diameter of 51-52 mm has a plastic handle. The main material of the horn is light white metal (silumin?). The handle is plastic, the handle attachment is also plastic, painted to look like metal. The horn looks good, but is far from elite. Which, however, is common for budget coffee makers.

The cone comes with two filters for 1 or 2 cups respectively. Filters, as is customary for home horns, have a double bottom. That is, with an “improver”, whose task is to correct potential user errors and even out the taste of coffee even with incorrect grinding or dosage.The filters are attached inside the horn using two protrusions. To fix the filter, you need to insert it in the correct position, and then rotate it a few degrees relative to the horn.

The cone comes with two filters for 1 or 2 cups respectively. Filters, as is customary for home horns, have a double bottom. That is, with an “improver”, whose task is to correct potential user errors and even out the taste of coffee even with incorrect grinding or dosage.

The filters are attached inside the horn using two protrusions. To fix the filter, you need to insert it in the correct position, and then rotate it a few degrees relative to the horn.

Coffee is dispensed through two spouts, allowing you to brew two cups at the same time.

Coffee is dispensed through two spouts, allowing you to brew two cups at the same time.

Finally, the plastic tamper (on the other hand, the measuring spoon) is nothing special. Of course, it’s better to use a special metal tamper (welcome to Aliexpress), but if you don’t have one, a plastic one will do.

Finally, the plastic tamper (on the other hand, the measuring spoon) is nothing special. Of course, it’s better to use a special metal tamper (welcome to Aliexpress), but if you don’t have one, a plastic one will do.

Instructions

The user manual is a compact black and white brochure printed on high quality paper. The instructions themselves are written in simple and understandable language; it is easy and pleasant to read. The authors do not pester the reader with unnecessary (but mandatory for the compilers) information. All of it is highlighted in a different font, so you can immediately skip it.

The main actions that will have to be performed when operating the device are explained with simple and understandable illustrations. In order to become familiar with the main functions, it will be enough to study just six short pages.

Control

The control panel of the coffee maker consists of five touch buttons and a rotating cappuccino maker knob. Let's look at all the elements and understand their purpose.

Understanding the operation of the buttons on the coffee maker is easy thanks to their labels and clear, illuminated icons.

  • The left button turns the coffee maker on/off.
  • The button with the image of one cup prepares a single espresso.
  • The two-cup button prepares double espresso.
  • The steam button prepares the coffee maker to dispense steam.
  • The last button switches the coffee maker to hot water supply mode.

Each button is also an LED indicator that displays the status of the device. A flashing light indicates the preparation process (warming up), and a constant light indicates readiness to prepare a drink. The entire process is accompanied by quiet sound signals.

The user has the opportunity to reconfigure the volume of the prepared drink and save the settings. Programming the pour time allows you to adjust the quality of the drink depending on the grind and type of coffee. Once the maximum volume is reached, the cooking process will end automatically.

This is a valuable feature, rarely found in budget coffee makers, that allows you to fine-tune the quality of the drink.

If there is no operation for 10 minutes, the coffee maker will automatically switch to energy saving mode. To resume operation, you must press the power button.

The steam/hot water knob, despite its appearance, acts as a switch. It works according to a standard scheme with a flow-through heater, without the ability to smoothly adjust the intensity of the steam supply.

Exploitation

Before first use, you must thoroughly wash the water tank, horn, filter and tray, and wipe the body of the coffee maker with a damp cloth. Starting the coffee mode without coffee, as well as the process of releasing steam and hot water, will complete the process of preparing the coffee maker for use.

During testing, the device proved to be convenient and intuitive to use. The water container snaps into place when installed in the case, but will require frequent refilling of water if coffee is drunk frequently.

The filter on the horn does not have special fastenings, but it can be fixed inside the horn using the protrusions on the filter.

The drip tray can be easily removed and replaced.

The maximum cup height for use with the coffee maker is 8.5 cm. The tray can be pulled out if the cup is too high. A cappuccino maker will require a pitcher up to 10 cm high.

The top metal panel warms up a little due to the water heating system, which is an additional plus.

Steam and hot water are supplied from the cappuccino maker nozzle quite intensively, requiring adjustment to avoid splashes. Making milk foam takes practice, although you get decent foam on your second try.

The device claims a pressure of 20 bar, but espresso requires no more than 9 bar. The actual pressure when water passes through a coffee tablet will be approximately at this level.

During operation, no shortcomings were noticed. Regarding the quality of drinks, we will consider this in the “testing” section.

Care

To keep your coffee maker in good condition, you must follow certain maintenance procedures. After each preparation of coffee, the horn must be rinsed. It is better to store the horn separately so that it dries faster.

It is necessary to remove and wash the filter and the area underneath it regularly. The steamer also requires cleaning and wiping after each use to froth milk. Otherwise, the remaining milk may dry out, making the cleaning process more difficult.

The drip tray should be emptied regularly and the body of the coffee maker can be wiped with a soft cloth.

If scale forms in the coffee maker, it should be washed with a special product. To do this, you can use a 3% solution of citric acid, fill it instead of water and run the coffee maker several times in the self-cleaning mode.

Our measurements

Before testing began, measurements were taken of energy consumption and the time it takes for the coffee maker to prepare for operation. The power in heating mode was up to 1150 W, which corresponds to the declared characteristics.

It takes 40-45 seconds for the coffee maker to preheat. Using a thermoblock rather than a boiler allows you to quickly bring the coffee maker to operating temperature without the need to warm up a large volume of water. Warming up to supply steam or hot water takes up to 10 seconds, and often less.

In hot water mode, the coffee maker will dispense approximately 170 ml of water with a temperature of about 78 °C in 45 seconds.

The noise level during operation of the device is assessed as low and does not exceed 62 dBA.

Practice tests

When we tested the coffee maker, we sequentially prepared single and double espresso, and also prepared a cappuccino to test the operation of the cappuccino maker.

For the tests, we used standard coffee grinding, similar to what is used to make espresso on semi-professional carob coffee makers.

We started by preparing a single espresso; we placed a little more than 9 grams in the filter for one serving of coffee.

The resulting single espresso weighed 31 grams (using 9.25 grams of coffee when pouring), and the temperature of the first espresso after turning on the machine in an unheated cup was 63 °C, which may be a little low. The cooking time was 22 seconds, which included a non-switchable pre-wetting — a short-term supply of hot water before the start of the main part of the extraction process.

As we can see, single espresso looks mediocre. It was not possible to get a nice cream foam even with the help of a double-bottom filter and a special divider on the spout of the cone. We subjectively assess the taste as average and not outstanding.

Previously, we tried to approach the evaluation of drinks largely formally, based on the time of pouring, the temperature of the coffee and, in general, compliance with certain standards. However, we have recently decided to move away from this practice and focus on subjective assessments. Of course, the volume of coffee, pouring time and temperature are all important factors. However, for budget coffee makers equipped with a horn with an “improver” there are no strict standards (unlike professional devices), so we will not be strictly tied to them.

The double serve filter holds approximately 15.5g of coffee.

The double espresso brewed in 38 seconds (including pre-wet), weighed 65 grams, and finished at 69°C (much better than a single shot).

The naked eye can see that the result was significantly better. Here we got the taste of the drink, worthy by the standards of home carob coffee makers, and a nice foam of cream… except that the temperature could have been a little higher.

The spent coffee tablet in our coffee maker is damp, with a lot of moisture. Shaking it out of the filter will not be very convenient — it is better to simply rinse the filter under running water.

Well, let's try to froth the milk. To do this, we took 200 ml of milk from the refrigerator, placed it in the pitcher and turned on the steam supply, after draining a small amount of water from the cappuccino maker and lowering the cappuccino maker nozzle into the milk to avoid splashing.

In less than a minute we had a thick and stable milk foam.

Steam is supplied evenly and quite intensely. As a result, there were some large bubbles, which, however, almost all disappeared after we tapped the pitcher on the working surface.

All that's left is to add espresso. This is what the finished drink looks like.

Here's the view from above. As we can see, the milk foam turned out not perfect, but quite decent. At the same time, there is room for improvement. If you fill your hand and adapt to the speed of steam supply, then the quality of the foam will be higher.

Conclusions

The Redmond CM701 coffee maker left a positive impression overall. We liked the stylish design of the device, the intuitive control panel, and the presence of a number of useful functions, such as pre-wetting and the ability to program portion volume. However, the low temperature of the finished drink (which cannot be changed by the developer) and the imperfect quality of the first shot, especially the single espresso, slightly overshadowed the overall impression.

When it comes to finished drinks, the single espresso in the coffee maker was underwhelming. The taste seemed flat, the temperature was low, and even its appearance left much to be desired. But let's be honest, who makes single espresso these days, especially on budget coffee makers?

Therefore, the first thing we did was change the single filter to a double one, select the optimal grind and brewing time, and did not touch the settings again (at least until we changed the type of coffee).

This approach helped to obtain good quality espresso (and therefore Americano and cappuccino).

When talking about budget carob coffee makers, none of them can be considered ideal, because home coffee makers with a reduced carob size and improving filters are always a compromise. However, we can consider the ability to make a decent double espresso a good result. In this regard, the Redmond CM701 demonstrated a high level.

Key benefits include pre-wetting, rapid delivery of hot water (enabling Americanos) and milk foam creation (for cappuccinos and other milk drinks). We should also not forget about the compact size, which for many users is an important factor when choosing a coffee maker for the home.

So, let's leave behind the not-so-successful single espresso and consider the experiment a success. The Redmond CM701 coffee maker is compact, stylish, makes double espresso well, allows you to adjust the volume of the drink, and quickly supplies steam and water. What more can you expect from a budget solution?

Pros:

  • Acceptable price
  • Stylish appearance
  • Possibility to choose between single and double espresso
  • Customizable serving size
  • Pre-wetting mode
  • Hot water supply
  • Quick readiness for steam supply

Minuses:

  • Low temperature of the finished drink