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ECM Giotto - Bryan Stone's Review
Posted: May 5, 2004, 6:21am
review rating: 5.6
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Manufacturer: ECM Quality: 10
Average Price: $1,300.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $1,200.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: CaffeSolo Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 months Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Silvia
Bottom Line: This machine makes consistently incredible coffee.
Positive Product Points

--Makes incredible espresso
--Beautiful
--Fun to use
--Leave on 24/7
--Instant steam with great pressure
--Cup warmer that really warms cups
--Hot water that is really hot

Negative Product Points

--The standard spout doesn't fit well under a Rocky doser grinder.
--Heavy-- needs to be located where you don't have to move it to pour new water in.

Detailed Commentary

I was nervous to upgrade from my lovely Silvia-- would I be able to taste the difference?  I finally took the plunge and am never looking back.  Giotto makes incredible espressos and caps.  I am able to produce great foam with no wait time, which is nice in the morning when I am in a rush.  Although the little brew handle is mostly for looks (it activates a rocker switch), it is fun nonetheless.  The machine takes a lot of counter space, but is very beautiful; pictures don't do it justice, actually.  

I use the machine with the standard portafilter handle and basket most of the time.  When I want straight espresso, I tend to use a Rancilio professional handle with the Rancilio ridgeless triple filter basket from Whole Latte Love-- this combo produces a result that I prefer because it is a bit thicker and richer.  However, using the standard ECM handle produces a bit more crema and a slightly sweeter taste.

The beatuy of the machine is that you can do these little experiments, and the machine's performance is not a variable.  It is very steady and dependable.

Buying Experience

Easy.

Three Month Followup

3 months later, I couldn't imagine life without Giotto.  I moved to a different neighborhood, with different water and high humidity, and I've had some problems getting my coffee to be as consistently on-the-mark.  My foam-making skills have improved though; it's so easy to whip up a cap before work that I find myself drinking them much more.  

Especially for straight espresso,  this machine is the best.

One note of caution:  Be CAREFUL WHERE YOU PUT THIS MACHINE-- my poor wife bumped into the brew head once, and has a nasty scar on her arm as a result.  Yikes!   We moved the machine, needless to say...

One Year Followup

Fantastico.  I have the best luck with Peet's Italian for caps, Americanos, and straight espresso (their Espresso Forte is good for straight espresso).  Moved again, so the water issue in my 3 month review is no longer one... back to incredible coffee.  I get great crema, great shots each time.   I love the machine, love the coffee and foam it produces, and love using it each morning.  Try a Rancilio ridgeless filter basket for straight espresso.

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