workhorse!Heavy duty! easy to use! ,produces espresso equal too or better then machines costing much,much (even more than double)more!!
Positive Product Points
heats up quick,great espresso,easy to use,heavy duty commerical quality,price cant be beat,easy to set up and clean,one really cant ask for much more(except maybe a gauge).Not as ugly as in person as people have said.
Negative Product Points
no guage, but this isnt a biggie or reason to not purchase in my opinion!
ive been using a pasquini livia 90 and moka 90 grinder for 3yrs without problem i got the pluser/expobar to use at work,but once i saw that big E61 head up front and tasted the espresso this machine so easily makes i have taken the livia to the office and im,so far, keepimg this baby at home so i can keep it close by and where i can use it daily including weekends!It came with a mazzer mini for $319 for a package price incuding shipping of $994(expobar $675+mazzer mini $319=$994)Wholelattelove even knocked off $5 on a new expressivo tamper,concave of course.I cant belive they are making much money on these packasge deals,you cant find the mazzer mini for less then $375 anywhere,What a combo!! Im sold on the Expobar so far,ill post an update in a few months but i expect ,hope, ill feel the same then.Nothing against the Italians but Espana /Spain is a cool !And by all accounts so far they make a dam good machine.Ive heard it said the price is so much lower because wages are lower in Spain!Dont know if thats true but after the attacks there i also felt im going to do my part to support them ! I speak spanish so i thought hey i can dig getting a spanish machine.It makes as good if not better espresso as the $1200 livia so you figure that out.The milw espresso fest review said the same thing so have no fear!!Expobar is a no nonsense workhorse,simple to use with no fancy extras but it does one hell of a job at its intended purpose,making dam good espresso!!
No Problema!! it arrived in 2-3 days,got $5 off the expressivo tamper,opended the giant box filled with those horrible,fly everywhere,need a vacum to pick up but very protective pink peanuts and there it was inside another large box: the expobar pluser snug and warm and safe!This is second item ive purchased from WLL they answered all my questions ,i must of called them a dozen times before i made the plunge ,alway helpful and considerate!!
Three Month Followup
Water softner broke at 1mo. causing boiler to clog up and overheat,Whole latte love overnited me a brand new machine ,Great Great Service!In spite of the problem im still a expobar fan!(i understand that water softner problems have been the death a many a espresso machine,not just my expobar) The machine still makes great espresso,far better than my Pasquini Liva 90,and much more forgiving.I really like the E61and the coffee it produces.The machine is easy to clean,easy to fill,just take off the top(no screws it slides off) i use a funnel to pour the water in, slide the top back on and im done in seconds. I use my expobar every morning it never fails to provide me with great espresso,lots of crema,numerous god shots day after day with ease!!iIts narrower then the liva so it takes up less space,Drip tray is easy to take off and is large too,Ive heard people complain about it being plastic it serves its purpose and is also easy to clean and the drip tray like the entire expobar pluser is not near as ulgy as reported! i TURN THE MACHINE on each am at 7am i m making great ,crema, espresso at 8am.I roast my own beans from sweetmarias I mostly use espresso monkey ,but also there italian blend at times and the expobar is the icing on the cake, producing cup after cup with ease!I purchased the pluser,figured less to go wrong than the office which can be programed,and im still happy with it. If your looking for a E61 machine thats easy to operate,forgiving,comerical qualiy,produces god shot after god shot at 1/3to1/2 less cost than a ilatian E61, the Expobar(from Spain) is for you.Have no fear,and Whole Lattle Love stands by their product,great response to my problem,Todd Salzman is the man!!!I purchased my pluser as part of a package with the Mazzer mini,i still believe i got a great deal would buy again in a heart beat!!!
One Year Followup
Still producing great espresso just as it did right out of the box!! Im still very happy with my purchase, and would buy again in a new york minute!!!It just goes and goes with little effort producing great ,crema,espresso. I use either sweet marias espresso monkey or classic italian.I roast 1-2 xs per week,its hard to mess up with this machine,!!!You wont regret buying the expobar,i purchased it with the mazzermini,super deal!!!!