CBTL – Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Americano Beverage System

CBTL Americano Beverage System

5 / 5 stars      

If you’re looking for a combo espresso and coffee maker, you need to check out this CBTL — Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf — Americano Beverage System.  This machine is manufactured by CaffItaly and is available in black, red, and silver.

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This is a one touch brewer that will provide you with a single serving of espresso, coffee, or tea.  And it’s a bit of an exception to that old you get what you pay for rule.  At about a 10th of the price of high and espresso makers, the CBTL delivers an excellent cuppa.  And if you’re looking for a little bit of comparison, you might want to check out the Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000.  It does have a few more features, but still over delivers for the price.

CBTL Americano Beverage System Pros & Cons

Pros:  Inexpensive — Brews multiple cup sizes — Large water reservoir — Combo machine gives you coffee, tea, espresso, and hot chocolate

Cons: Capsules can be difficult to find off-line — Noisy — Distilled water recommended


Something that may make some hesitate when it comes to buying this coffee maker, is the Fact that distilled water is recommended.  Does this mean you can’t use tap water?  No.  What it does mean is that if you want a better tasting cup of espresso or coffee, or you want to extend the lifespan of the CBTL, distilled water is preferred.  But using distilled water or simply taking away the taste of trace elements and minerals, and the possible buildup of Them in your machine.

In terms of cup size you’ve got lots of choices.  Six to be exact.  Your options are a short or long espresso, a 6, 10 or 12 ounce cup of coffee or tea and the 6 ½ ounce cup of hot chocolate.  Simply press the corresponding button for your selection.

Of course, since this beverage system is brought to you by the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf company, you’re limited to using their capsules.  But they do have a great selection.

 It is necessary to prime the pump for using this coffee maker for the first time, so make sure you remember to do that.  The manual provides you with all the necessary instructions.  Once you’re done That, Fill the large and 50 ounce water reservoir, popping your capsule of choice in the top compartment, choose your cup size, and in just a few seconds your beverage will begin to brew.

To ensure your coffee always tastes like coffee, your tea like tea, and so on, it is recommended that when switching from one type of beverage to another, you brew a plain cup of water, without a capsule, in between.  Now your espresso won’t taste like hot chocolate.

For the inexpensive price tag, this is an impressive little machine.  If you don’t feel like spending $1000 or more for some elite espresso maker, I definitely recommend this.  My personal rating for the Americano is 5/5.

Product Features & Dimensions:

  • Brews coffee, tea, espresso, hot chocolate
  • Large, 50 ounce water reservoir
  • Multiple cup sizes
  • Water tank empty alarm
  • Raised capsule lever safety alarm
  • Energy saving sleep mode
  • Limited one year warranty
  • 13.5 x 7 x 11.5″ and 8 pounds

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