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Expobar Brewtus - Merlynn Schuck's Review
Posted: October 13, 2005, 11:47am
review rating: 6.4
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Expobar Brewtus
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Arrow The Expobar Brewtus has 17 Reviews
Arrow The Expobar Brewtus has been rated 8.72 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Anthony C 10.00
Eric C 8.67
Robert Combs 8.47
Ray Sachs 8.00
Jonathan Wenger 7.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Manufacturer: Expobar Quality: 9
Average Price: $1,500.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $1,500.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Whole Latte Love Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 year Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Expobar Pulsar, briefly
Bottom Line: If Brewtus was stolen off my counter, I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.
Positive Product Points

*E61 Group
*Lever Operated
*Consistent, Repeatable Shots
*Steam POWER
*Brew Temperature Control without surfing

Negative Product Points

Drip tray cover can rattle
Drip tray can be tricky to line up
Noisy pump (but I have no frame of reference)
Hot water tap knob can get hot when using the hot water tap

Detailed Commentary

Timing on purchasing the Brewtus was really interesting for us. We were nearly 30 days into owning the Expobar Office Pulsar when the Brewtus was announced. After a couple of days of hard thinking we decided to due a buyer’s remorse return and upgrade to Brewtus.

We used the HX machine for a month, and my husband was getting really frustrated with the cooling flush. We are at altitude, so water boils at about 202°. Our boiler was set to .78 bar and we still needed to flush a good 8 ounces to get it to stop boiling at the group. And the recovery was super fast - we couldn't make a second shot fast enough to not have to do another cooling flush.  (I was unwilling to lower the boiler pressure because I didn't want to sacrifice any more steam power.) We were refilling to reservoir all the time. Still - we were getting some very good shots.  I don't mean to disparage HX machines at all. The double boiler is just a better fit for us.

Now, we only flush 1-2 ounces, only if it has been idle for a long time - not between shots. With the larger reservoir, and much less wasted water we don't worry about constant refilling.

We have now owned Brewtus for nearly a year. Performance has been very stable. We haven't run any detailed tests, but based on experience and taste I have no doubts about consistency. We added a bottomless portafilter, and together our barista skills have improved significantly.

Changing the brew temperature is easy, and only takes the pressing of a few buttons. When I'm feeling adventurous I will try different brew temperatures. Tasting the different results has been an education in itself.

The steaming power is significant.  We are currently using the two hole tip available at WLL and are happy with it. The stock one hole tip took longer to steam than I liked.

I think Brewtus is pretty, I mean really, really, pretty. I didn't mind the looks of the OP - but now when I walk into the kitchen I go WOW.  He is just gorgeous, and rock solid.  He seems more substantial than the OP, and the OP is built like a tank. No one walks into our kitchen without taking notice of him.

My biggest complaint - and it's small - is the drip tray. It removes easy enough, but lining it up to slide it back into place takes a certain knack I still don't have mastered. My husband has no problem with it - so maybe it's just me. The cover on the tray can also rattle while pulling shots - this is minor because the pump is pretty loud. I don't know how the noise level compares to other similar machines. Despite not liking the way the drip tray slides in - it is huge which is nice.

Over the course of a year we've opened him up a couple of times. We've had two minor leaks, and WLL has sent us replacement parts to correct them. We also had to add an aerator to stop the occasional loss of pump prime - this part is currently standard.

All in all, the Expobar Brewtus seems to be a really well thought out machine - and we plan on keeping him forever.

Buying Experience

We purchased Brewtus as part of a buyer's remorse return and had no problems. We've also called a few times with minor leaks. The trick is getting on the phone with the right person. We've had people answer the phone who weren't terribly helpful. But once we were directed to either Todd Salzman or Todd Michaels the customer service has been great.

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