FowlerFive Senior Member Joined: 25 Aug 2009 Posts: 3 Location: West Cobb, GA Expertise: Just starting
Posted Tue Aug 25, 2009, 8:48am Subject: Lavazza Espresso point espresso machine
I couldn't find a review on this machine. Looks like a very good one. Anyone ever used it? I'm looking at buying it... just wanted some feedback from anyone who's used it... http://www.espressozone.com/8113.html
mybs Senior Member Joined: 26 Jan 2006 Posts: 479 Location: Northern CA Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: QuickMill Anita Grinder: Macap M4, La Cimbali Jr. Drip: KitchenAid, Clever Coffee... Roaster: FreshRoast+8, SC/CO
Posted Tue Aug 25, 2009, 10:42am Subject: Re: Lavazza Espresso point espresso machine
I've used such a machine in an office setting before, and in my opinion, you're better off purchasing a Nespresso machine if you're considering pod/capsule type espresso machines. While both machines use their own proprietary capsules, I find the Nespresso to actually taste better than the Lavazza. Furthermore, basic Nespresso units (D290 as an example) can be purchased at a significantly cheaper price than the linked Lavazza machine.
Nespresso has a greater selection of espresso capsules compared to Lavazza, so you have greater variety to try out (though it is still extremely limited compared to freshly ground coffee for use in other machines). And I think the sealing on their capsules enable them to be reasonably decent for a much longer time than the Lavazza capsules, which seem to oxidize more rapidly despite their vacuum sealed packaging.
I'm not so sure where you can try out the Lavazza units, but you can try the Nespressos at Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, and even select Bloomingdales. If you do sample at the store, be sure that the shot from a single capsule does not exceed 10 seconds of brew time from the Nespresso unit, otherwise you will get shots that are overextracted and sour.
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