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Buy this machine if you plan to brew exclusively, 5-6 oz. cafe crema, without any regard for the coffee dose size or cup consistency.  Forget espresso
MYR, Dec 14, 2000
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Cost: $1025.00
Major problem with this machine: doser mechanism fluctuates wildly from 6.0 to 9.0 grams; every cup is a surprise.  Wait for this problem to be fixed before buying.  Aside from that, easy to use and easy to clean are this machine‘s best...
Unless you want to spend double or triple the amount of the Solis 5000 Digital, buy this product!
Bryan Mager, May 21, 2003
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I purchased this super auto last year (June 5, 2002) from Jay's Shaved Ice on York Road, Timonium in Baltimore Maryland.  Jay's Shaved Ice has the best customer service and products around.  I felt confidence in my customer support (Jay's Shaved Ice...
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Before I even start this review for the Solis Master 5000 Digital Super Automatic (Master Digital) in earnest, I need to establish something: I'm no fan of Super Automatics. I'm no fan of crema enhancing devices, nor am I a fan of froth aiders.

So what the heck am I doing with this machine? The simple reason is, any product involving espresso can get a fair shake from the CoffeeGeek team and myself, and also, I wanted to evaluate how this product does in an office environment.

The promise of a clean, easy to use machine that is fully automatic makes it potentially ideal for a small office of 3 to 10 employees. In the home, it's also ideal for those who want no fuss, no muss espresso and americanos. At least on paper.

We also wanted to review this device because when it came out, it was in the forefront of a new wave of espresso technology. Even a few short years ago, a digital super auto for the home simply didn't exist, and as little as 10 or 15 years ago, super automatics themselves didn't exist, at least not for home use.

Today you can have a super automatic in your home for as little as $500 or so (though this particular model retails for $899 MSRP). The Master Digital represents a lot of cutting edge technology in this field, so when the opportunity came up for me to evaluate one, I jumped at the chance.

In giving this product a fair shake, I had to evaluate it as it is supposed to be used. In hectic environments, in small offices, and from the perspective of the coffee lover who simply does not want to be bothered with all the fuss and muss of hand crafting a great espresso.

Evaluating what is in the cup is a very important thing in this review, but it is balanced with convenience, ease of use, and consistency in the product. I had the help of others (including some of the other folks who are behind the making of the CoffeeGeek website) in evaluating this product, and we have also taken a look inside, to see what makes this product tick.

So with these ideas, thoughts and attempts at objectivity, I put the machine through the wringer for over two years now (most of this review was written after a month with the device), and you are reading the results.

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