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 stayed in an Airbnb a couple of months ago and got to try the Swan Retro Pump Espresso Coffee Machine, I decided right away this is going to my next coffee machine.


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.

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 there is enough hot water to make even up to 4 cups of coffee.

The design is big 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. The cups I used 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. 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, the first coffee may start to cool down while you wait for the milk to be ready for the second one.

Durability and Ease of Use

This unit also comes with a 2-year warranty. I generally love this machine cos it’s easy to use, and also comes with detailed instructions.


I must confess I never had a Swan product and I was so impressed by this little machine, especially with the value for money. I highly recommend this especially if it’s for a small household where it doesn’t get overworked.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lynette says:, which pods and coffee can I use


    1. Hi Lynette, I always use ground coffee – the Starbucks House Blend is my favourite! This pack of 6 is quite a good price compared with single pack in the stores: You can also use espresso coffee pods with this machine, such as these ones: Cheers 🙂


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