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.
by NotASnob December 20, 2005