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Faema Machines - All - Chris Cotellini's Review
Posted: December 3, 2004, 9:29am
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Paul Sack 7.78
Chris Cotellini 5.00
Becky Grimsrud 4.00
Mark 3.00
Tim 1.83

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Product Reviewed: Express 2-group
Manufacturer: Faema Quality: 9
Average Price: Varies Usability: 9
Price Paid: $175.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: second hand Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Great machine, maybe to much for home use. Consider the 1-group versions.....you won't regret it.
Positive Product Points

Looks good (imho).
Build quality.
Parts prices!
Taste of espresso it makes.
Plumbed in.

Negative Product Points

3650 Watts!
11 litre boiler, so long warmup time
Size & Weight
Plumbed in.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this one in a horrible state. After some (not much) work and even less money, it works like a charme.
It's about 10 years old, so some parts (gaskets, rubbers etc.) are brittle and start to leak steam (wand, hot water tap). This is easy to repair and very cheap compared to other brands. The parts prices are less than half of other brands of commercial machines, so I don't have to worry when something breaks down.
The build quality is absolutely great.  Faema is sometimes called "the volkswagon of espressomachines" and I guess this is true if you look at price/reliability.  
I think it's underrated.
The espresso comes out great. Temp seems stabil, and pressure is good. No bitterness or sour tastes when you know what your doing.
The 11 litre boiler is a bit much for home use ;-)  but delivers massive amounts of steam at high pressure.  This takes some getting used to, but nu problem to make perfect foam. It's not easy, but again : practise.
And well....3650watts......let's just say the lights in the house dimm when I turn it on. No kidding!

Buying Experience

Well :  online market, made the deal, picked it up......wouldn't fit in the thunderbird though ;-)   It's that big!

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