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ECM Giotto - Chemist One's Review
Posted: May 28, 2006, 11:24am
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Arrow The ECM Giotto has 27 Reviews
Arrow The ECM Giotto has been rated 9.22 overall by our member reviewers
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Jay Millar 8.72
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Jeff Cooper 8.14
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.8
Manufacturer: ECM Quality: 10
Average Price: $1,300.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $600.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Marktplaats.nl Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 months Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: ECM botticelli
Bottom Line: This is a great machine, one of the best in its class. It is able to make great shots every time and makes you feel a real barista.
Positive Product Points

- good looking machine
- built quality
- brews good coffee
- temperature stability
- HX technology, so steaming directly after brewing is not a problem

Negative Product Points

- no brew pressure gauge
- no brew temperature gauge
- level indicator of water reservoir would be nice
- lack of boiler insulation

Detailed Commentary

The machine is built around an E-61 group, which is still considered as one of the best. I have bought this machine a few months after I bought the ECM Botticelli II. I liked the former, but making Lattes is hard, due to the single boiler. The Giotto is a real prosumer machine, it is heavy (I live on the 3rd floor without elevator) and the heat up time is quite fast (15 minutes), at least it is faster than I expected.  
The machine looks good, both on the outside as on the inside. The pump is however a bit noisy, but I can live with it.
The most important thing is that it makes coffee very well. The only wrong shots I pull are due to wrong grinds, too fine or too course, all user errors.
There are a few things I've been missing; I would like a brew pressure gauge (maybe I am installing one). It gives a bit more feedback. An indicator of the water level would be nice as well, just a few leds indicating the level.
The boiler is not insulated, so a lot of heat is wasted.
A temperature gauge is only usable if it is fast, but it would be nice.
My wife loves the hot water tap for making tea, so she is happy too.

I really can't add something that others have not been written before of this machine, it is really good. Yes it cost a lot of money, but it is worth it.

Buying Experience

I've bought this machine second hand at marktplaats, a Dutch auction site. No problems so far.

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