I am wondering if the Quickmill Alexia and the Zaffirio are the same machine, with the Alexia being the new "modern" version. I bought an Alexia a couple of months ago and the looks and features seem exactly the same, with the Alexia having a few minor upgrades from Chris' Coffee. Anybody know?
No problem with the connectors (yet?). They seem sturdy though.
So, James and Marshall think its the same machine but Dan thinks they're (Zaffirio and Alexia) different. 2 to 1. Anybody else want to weigh in?
The reason I am curious is that I would like to post a consumer review about the Alexia but so far my attempts to have it added to the database have failed. If they are the same or similar enough machines, I will leave a review for the Alexia on the Zaffirio page.
Not quite. They are nearly identical designs built mostly with the same or very similar parts. I only questioned James' description of the Alexia as "better quality."
Chris got Quick Mill to design some improvements into their machine that make a stock Alexia a better machine than a stock Zaffiro. But, "better quality" implies better workmanship or sturdier components, which I do not believe is the case.
By the way, I'm not being a defensive Zaffiro owner. A friend recently asked me for an "espresso-only" recommendation, and I pointed him to the Alexia.
No. It takes a looooong time to cool that big boiler down. If you run enormous amounts of water through the head to cool everything down, you will lose your temperature predictability and wind up refilling the tank every day or two.
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