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the detailed review - elektra micro casa a leva
Elektra Micro Casa a Leva - Overview
Introduction | Overview | History, Out of Box | Operation Etc. | Performance | Comparisons | Conclusions
Elektra Micro Casa a leva
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It's quirky, but it's a gorgeous machine that makes superb espresso and has one of the best steam wands you'll ever use.
John Manzo, Sep 7, 2007
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I've now owned me EMCaL for six months and am in a position to write a review for it. I purchased this machine after having researched several HX machines in the same price range (Bezzera BZ02, ECM Giotto, etc) to replace my Brasilia Lady. I'd been...
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Every morning when I walked into the kitchem and saw it, it would make me smile - A wonderful espresso experience.
Len Caplan, Mar 8, 2005
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The Leva, being a lever machine, is a fun machine, but is an ongoing project, and is good as a second machine unless you have a need for ritual and expeimentation.  I used it often, and after learning it's quirks, and having learned to live with them...
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In this detailed review, we'll be looking at several key factors, discussing each one at length:

  • History and Out of the Box, including initial impressions of the Micro Casa, some history of the device, published specifications, materials and build, and some notes from the company's literature as well as third party resources. I'll also detail the 'out of the box" experience.

  • Operation and Maintenance, which looks at the everyday workability of the machine, how to get the most out of it, and more. We put the machine through the paces and point out things we liked and don't like, as well as how easy (or difficult) it is to maintain. Note, this page is the biggest one in this review - about 350kb with photos and text.

  • Machine Performance, where we get down to the serious issues of how the machine performs as compared to other espresso machines. We also evaluate our expectations of the machine and whether or not it delivers.

  • Comparisons, will have head to head looks at the Micro Casa against the La Pavoni Professional and some other competing machines.

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

As I stated in the La Pavoni review last month, the Elektra Micro Casa gave me more joy as a test machine than almost any other machine I've evaluated in recent memory. If you are someone really into quality espresso and the artistry that surrounds it, there's something almost mystical, personal about using a lever machine for hand crafting the world's most perfect yet elusive beverage.

When I am done evaluating espresso machines, and the detailed reviews are written, it's tough for me to "give up" the machine, to pack it away and move on to the next product, but I have to tell you, it's almost impossible for me to give up on the Elektra. The day I pack this back up in its box is a sad day indeed.

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