2020 Sowtech Espresso Maker Review Specs and Instructions
The first espresso maker I ever bought was an earlier version of this Sowtech espresso machine. This machine is simple to use, sold in inexpensive department stores everywhere and pretty durable due to a road-tested design overcoming low cost materials. We look at whether it is right for you.
This Sowtech espresso machine is a 4 Cup espresso maker. It has as basic foam wand that doesn’t control the temperature really well. Cappuccino Machine with Steam Milk Frother and Carafe.
The Sowtech ST-HM204 model is an espresso maker but the espresso wont taste like classic espresso. Its pump produces 3.5 bar of pressure.
A true espresso maker will produce 15 bar of pressure and you need that to get that rich, dark crema foam that sits on top of great espresso shots. So even buying great coffee beans won’t make it taste like your barista’s espresso. Also, the If you are picky about your espresso this may not be enough to keep you out of Starbucks.
Every College Student’s First Espresso Maker
When I bought mine, I was outfitting my first apartment and the cumulative cost of everything from dish soap to bath mats to shower curtains to a vacuum threatened to deny me food.
So, I bought dozens of the cheapest of each one I could find. They were all temporary and disposable and as I made more money they were replaced. That’s where the Sowtech ST-HM204 espresso machine fits into the market.
A Capresso EC100 is about twice the money, should last you twice as long and makes much better espresso and much better steamed milk. It also looks like an automatic espresso machine, so it looks better on your counter.
If you really love espresso or milk-based espresso drinks then look at DELONGHI ESAM3300 Super Automatic Espresso Machine and get a decade or better of good drinks.
Lattes at Home Can Save You Over $3k
The most expensive espresso drinks is coffee shop drinks. A latte may be $3 or $4 bucks. A few ounces of milk and ground coffee is well under a dollar. If you have one a day the difference is about $730. Over 5 years making your daily latte at home will save you $3650. Over 20 years that’s enough for really nice trip to a tropical resort.
Also, no espresso machine is $800 is meant to last a lifetime and are unserviceable. So, you have to replace them when they start to act up. This is why $100-300 espresso makers may not make financial sense for a young espresso lover who could end up buying seven to ten cheap machines over their life.
Sowtech Espresso Machine
A solid classic at a cheap price. Basic espresso with milk steaming and foaming all in one.
An inexpensive super automatic is less work. This one has a 15 bar pump for barista-quality espresso with less effort than the Sowtech. Click the image below for details…
Sowtech Parts and Instructions
Sowtech Espresso Machine Instructions
- Remove the water tank cover and use the carafe to measure the water to the 4 cup mark and fill the water tank.
- Place the detachable aluminum filter in the funnel and add coffee using the spoon
- Using the handle, attach the filter/funnel to the machine and rotate it counter clockwise to ensure it is tight
- Place the carafe under the funnel
- Use the know control to start brewing
- You can use the pause feature to pause brewing any time
How Do You Use Sowtech Espresso Machine?
Click for detailed instructions and video. First, use the carafe to measure 2 or 4 cups water. Remove the water tank cover and add water. Place the aluminum filter into the funnel. Use the spoon to add ground coffee to the filter.
How to fix Sowtech coffee maker?
The Sowtech isn’t mean to be repaired. But the most common problems can be fixed with vinegar, a toothpick and paper towels. The spout clogs with built up with dried coffee and grounds get stuck in the spout, blocking it. Push a toothpick through it and run a few cycles of vinegar and water, followed by a cycle with clean water.
Should I Buy The Sowtech Espresso Maker?
Inexpensive with basic, low pressure espresso and a milk wand that does both steaming and frothing, you get the basic for a basic price. We do recommend it and it has been a reliable starter machine for a long time.
Sowtech Espresso Machine Specifications
- 3.5 Bar 4 Cup Espresso Maker Cappuccino Machine with Steam Milk Frother and Carafe
- Model number ST-HM204
- Product Dimensions 10.6 x 7.7 x 13.8 inches
- Item Weight 5 pounds
- Shipping Weight 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)