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Isomac Zaffiro Detailed Review
Detailed Review Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Author: Mark Prince
Machine Class: Semi Automatic Dual Purpose Boiler
Isomac Zaffiro
Product Supplier

Chris' Coffee Service
10 Corporate Circle
Albany, New York 12203

Product Pricing

CoffeeGeek was supplied with a production version Isomac Zaffiro by the folks at Chris' Coffee Service (website). As of this writing, the Zaffiro is being offered for $795, though that may change. Package deals with grinders are available - call to get best pricing.

The Legalese
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Back when I published my First Look for the Isomac Zaffiro, I said it could very well be the best dual purpose boiler machine on the market today. Is this what I found during the course of this review process? Many things turned up in this lengthy review, and you'll have to read on to find out.

The Isomac Zaffiro machine isn't a cheap one - but as with many things in the world of espresso, many times you get what you pay for. One glance and this machine says there is quality abound: from the gorgeous and functional E61 grouphead up front, to the polished steel all around it, to the no nonsense 'industrial' look of the machine, it's all good. Two portafilters are supplied in the box, and the Bauhaus-style design, solid commercial connections between the pump and boiler, and quality components inside and out make this an impressive machine.

The Detailed Review, Section by Section

In this detailed look at the Isomac Zaffiro, we'll be looking at several key factors, discussing each one at length:

  • Product Overview, including initial impressions of the Zaffiro, a little bit of history about the Isomac line, published specifications, and my "out of the box" thoughts.

  • Operation and Maintenance, which tries to give you a good feel for what it's like using the Isomac Zaffiro. We'll have a look at how the machine works in a normal day of espresso enjoying. We'll put the machine through some tough paces and outline the things we liked and didn't like. And we'll give you some basics on maintenance for the machine.

  • Machine Performance, is where get down to serious discussion on how the machine performs, and our thoughts on the long term viability of the Zaffiro. We also evaluate our expectations of the machine and whether or not it delivers.

  • Comparisons, will put the Zaffiro head to head against machines like the Rancilio Silvia, the Isomac Venus, and the Pasquini Livia, amongst others.

  • Conclusion, is where we provide our final say on this product, and our recommendations and ratings.

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Introduction | Overview | Out of the Box | Operation | Performance | Comparisons | Conclusions
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