Review: Swan Retro Pump Espresso Coffee Machine

Review: Swan Retro Pump Espresso Coffee Machine SK22110CN
Photo: Swan

I love coffee. I really love coffee. Nothing in the world wakes me like a cup of well-brewed coffee and cream. So naturally, I’m interested in coffee machines. I was looking for a replacement for my old machine about 2 months ago. That’s when I found the Swan Retro Pump Espresso Coffee Machine. They were the Amazon’s Choice for “coffee machine with milk steamer” at the time.


Review: Swan Retro Pump Espresso Coffee Machine SK22110CN
Photo: Swan

As a person with a keen eye, finding a machine that blends in with my kitchen is key, and so it’s no wonder that the cream colour and stylish design drew me in. Even better, its weight of 3.58kg makes it very movable and I love that. I quickly scanned through and immediately I saw the milk steamer, I was sold on the product. The price made it even easier, and so I made a quick purchase.

How It Works

As advertised, the 15 bars of pressure and self-priming system work swiftly to hand you that glorious cup of coffee in no time. It also comes with a detachable 1.2 litre water tank that ensures I have enough hot water to make even up to 4 cups of coffee, making my job easier when I have guests. Thank you, Swan!

The design is roomy enough so you can make up to 2 cups at one go. The removable drip tray where the cups sit, saves you from the stress of coffee stains. My cups are regular sized and fit in just fine. But you can always remove the tray to accommodate longer ones. This tray is also super easy to clean.

Review: Swan Retro Pump Espresso Coffee Machine SK22110CN
Photo: Swan

Compatibility With Coffee

This little work of art is very compatible with ground coffee. I also tried it once with easy serve espresso pods, and I must say, the end product was well blended. The professional spoon and coffee presser assures you of a smooth finish that will make any Barista jealous.

Milk Frother

In my opinion, cream makes coffee worthwhile, so the milk frother is an important bit. Thanks to the steam pressure control, I get to create my froth exactly as I like.

Review: Swan Retro Pump Espresso Coffee Machine SK22110CN
Photo: Swan

However, I must mention here that I have slight issues with the short frothing wand, and the fact that the steam builds up each time, so whenever I have to make coffee for more than just me, I run into a risk of the coffee getting warm before the milk is ready. So if you’re getting this product, you’ll have to figure a way around this.

Durability and Ease of Use

This unit also comes with a 2-year warranty for its top-end technology, making it quite durable. I generally love this machine cos it’s easy to use, and also comes with detailed instructions.


I must confess I’ve never had a Swan product, but I’ve been impressed so far, especially with the value for money. I mean, I’ve bought coffee machines at higher prices which delivered the same or even less. Based on my experience, I highly recommend this especially if it’s for home use where it doesn’t get overworked.

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