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Izzo Alex Duetto II - Paul Rainone's Review
Posted: August 4, 2010, 8:22am
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Jonathan Mohn 9.00
Michael Smith 8.00
Ron Bilow 8.00
Paul Levy 7.71
Tim Gilligan 7.33

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Manufacturer: Izzo Quality: 9
Average Price: $2,295.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $2,000.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Chris Coffee (Refurb Unit) Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 year Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Pavoni pub, Rancilio S27,  VFA commercial 2 lever unit
Bottom Line: Best machine if you do not want to spend the cash for a LaMarzoccoo
Positive Product Points

Extraction , and , ease of use ,this machine  will  not let you down

Negative Product Points

This is al little peeve of mine ,, would like to see a volumetric version of this machine

Detailed Commentary

I bought the Duetto after much searching and reading , I could not be happier , The quality of the shots is just to die for , the build is an engineer's  dream , reliability is outstanding ,,with Chris Coffee backing the product ,- ,I have no concerns or worries- the E61 needs no further laurels ,,the rotary pump ,,well what else might you want? The stainless is thick gauge ,,If i would want an improvement would be to make the water tank larger

Early on  I had one issue with the unit , the steam valve would stay seated somehow ,,,  the teflon seal would stay stuck to the seat  so that no steam  would be coming out of the wand, Chris coffee had a new valve ( a complete valve ,stem handle ,knob ,to boot not just the teflon)  to me in 48 hours ,,a quick  removal and replacement with  an open spanner  and """voilla """

Buying Experience

Chris coffee is the place to buy from ,, I mean it  just close one's eyes and just trust these guys ,,I live in Montreal 3 hours from Albany and the service is faster and better from them than any local vendor .

Three Month Followup

The Duetto is still performing flawlessly,,just keep using it- back-flush regularly  and no worries ,, the temperature stability is noticeable in every shot ,,I usually run water to flush the E61 ,,but I suspect  that is not needed since flashing never occurs ,,  I also save cash since the steam boiler is hardly used except when guests arrive ,, one word about guests; they know why they come !!!  

would I buy again ??? ABSOLUTELY!!

Now  that upgrade fever is hitting ,,  I will upgrade from my Mazzer Mini  ,, guess where that money is being spent??  I will dig into my Canadain bank account ,, convert to US funds and plan a pilgrimage  to Albany NY to see Chris Nachtrieb ,, and take it back duty free ..

that is right!!  DUTY FREE TO CANADA !! Just ask me how ! I can send the Tariff Code and Tariff article for espresso Equipment !!

Cheers !!

One Year Followup

The Duetto is still performing flawlessly,,just keep it clean & it purrs  ,,  ,,one problem only -the extraction is so good ,,it makes me want to try and get it even better ,,,I am now dreaming of something with a bigger boiler for even more thermal mass ,, does Izzo make a larger boiler  on the extraction side with the group directly on the boiler ? You say i need a LaMarzocco ??

I would surely buy again ,

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