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Posted Mon Sep 16, 2013, 12:10pm
Subject: Faema EuroStar?
 

Does anyone have experience or details on the Faema EuroStar line?  I see a couple of these for sale in my region but I can't really find out whether they're a good deal or not.  They're asking in the $200-275 range.  I'm inclined to pass up on them but I figured I'd ask first.

My default option is a new QuickMill Silvano in a month or two.  I realize these Faema machines are unlikely to come close to that, but theyre also a LOT cheaper.

Thanks,
- Andrew.

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Posted Mon Sep 16, 2013, 2:35pm
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Rebadged Imat Junior or Lelit PL041 machine. Expect 270ml brass boiler, 57mm portafilter, needle steam valve. Don't like the look of the panarello steam wand at all.

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Posted Tue Sep 17, 2013, 2:55am
Subject: Re: Faema EuroStar?
 

Panrarello needs Rinza, and a prayer that there isn't milk in the boiler...
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Posted Tue Sep 17, 2013, 6:30am
Subject: Re: Faema EuroStar?
 

Thanks to both of you for your help.  The machine's gone from an unknown to something for which I can determine quite a few details.  I guess it doesn't sound like a bad machine, really.  Maybe for $200 it's a reasonable, but not screamingly good, deal.

I'm not a fan of the froth assister either.  I have a Rancilio Silvia steam arm on my broken little Delonghi EC155, so I guess I could maybe upgrade the steam wand on the Faema too.  However, too much of that sort of upgrading and I may as well just buy a better machine.  However however, $200 for a used Faema vs. $1,250 for a QuickMill Silvano leaves a lot of extra money in the bank.

Decisions, decisions.

 
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Posted Thu Sep 19, 2013, 6:12pm
Subject: Re: Faema EuroStar?
 

aclarke Said:

 However however, $200 for a used Faema vs. $1,250 for a QuickMill Silvano leaves a lot of extra money in the bank.Decisions, decisions.

Posted September 17, 2013 link

That machine in the photo is an Imat with "Faema" (And in tiny letters "Toronto" to make it legal) silkscreened on the paint.

If you can try it before buying it, and it works perfectly, $200 is a reasonable deal. It's just a semi-disposable SBDU machine, but they do have a working three-way brew solenoid, so they're a step above the cheapest, plastic bodied disposables.  The grinder in the picture is a capresso without enough power nor adjustability to use for espresso.(In case it comes with)
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Posted Thu Sep 19, 2013, 7:48pm
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For comparison a brand new Lelit PL041 that Alan was describing is $440 or so, and it has a traditional steam wand.
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Posted Fri Sep 20, 2013, 3:52am
Subject: Re: Faema EuroStar?
 

Hi,

I'm from the same general area.  I routinely see those machines in the local classifieds.  I also see quite a number of Faema Family's, many of which have gone for quite a bit cheaper than that. I would skip that model and go with the Family.  Solid machine, I owned one briefly.  The older models have the brass boiler (mine was aluminum), 3 way valve, 58 mm portafilter.  Good luck!
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Posted Fri Sep 20, 2013, 7:06am
Subject: Re: Faema EuroStar?
 

Thanks everyone.  There are just so few used machines here that I figured these were worth asking about.  I'm still leaning towards the QuickMill Silvano when I get a chance to actually hit up the I Drink Coffee showroom.

 
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