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Elektra Micro Casa Semi - Bliss Ireland's Review
Posted: January 3, 2005, 7:58pm
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Elektra MicroCasa Semi Automatica
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Arrow The Elektra Micro Casa Semi has 6 Reviews
Arrow The Elektra Micro Casa Semi has been rated 8.70 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 7, 2003.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
David Powsner 10.00
Howard Seth Miller 7.00
Bliss Ireland 6.16
Simon Lewthwaite 4.00
Stephen Marty 3.27

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Manufacturer: Elektra Quality: 9
Average Price: $1,395.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $1,300.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: 1st Line Equipment Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 year Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Baby Gaggia
Bottom Line: The Microcasa perfectly blends the art and science of making a perfect espresso.
Positive Product Points

Great crema and excellent espresso
Great microfoam...and easy to foam
Attractive (very)
Easy to use
Easy to clean and maintain
Minimal counter space

Negative Product Points

Flaking inside reservoir (happened within the first couple of months...likely due to minerals in our well water...since changed to Luso bottled water and have not had further damage)
Drip tray plate extremely scratched and worn from (daily) 9 mos use

Detailed Commentary

I purchased the Elektra Microcasa primarily on the strength of CoffeeGeek's exhaustive (1 year) and very detailed review (see CoffeGeek's product review, March 2004); and the pre-customer service I received from 1st-Line - providing me, a novice 'coffeegeek', with candid comparisons, pros and cons of the Microcasa.

I replaced a Baby Gaggia which I used (and abused) daily for 8 years.  On my first day the Microcasa produced a far superior espresso...using the same beans (Illy dark roast espresso grind) I used that morning with the Baby Gaggia.  I am now grinding my beans daily (with the Mini Mazzer I purchased from 1st-Line), brewing great espressos, microfoaming milk like never before, and thoroughly enjoying my daily cappucinos and espressos.

1st-Line also provided excellent after-sale customer service....helping me get started and answering a myriad of questions.  Without hesitation, they quickly fixed an inexplicable (and random) leak...problems happen; the key is how well people and companies respond!  They also helped me with another problem - scaling - by introducing me to Luso bottled water.  Luso is the best - in personal taste comparisons with Poland Springs and other bottled water, as well as our own well water (which likely caused the scaling in the first place).

It's a real beauty.  I gets lots of compliments on its striking appearance (I have the copper and brass version)...and even more  on the quality of my espressos and cappucinos.

P.S. My bean of choice these days is Intelligentsia Black Cat blend - also recommended by CoffeGeek.

Buying Experience

Excellent pre and post customer service from 1st-Line - see my comments above.

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