An entry level small appliance used to make "espresso." Amongst the coffee enthusiast commnunity, steam-toys are considered junk and to not make tasty beverages. Steam toys lack the high pressure waterpump needed to make genuine espresso. What it produces is more like strong drip coffee. Common steam toys are manufactured by Krups, Mr. Coffee, Salton, Westinghouse, and Hamilton Beach.
I just upgraded from a Krups steam toy to a Rancillio Miss Silvia and now I'm making real espresso!
by NotASnob December 20, 2005