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La Nuova Era Cuadra - Steve Lathan's Review
Posted: April 6, 2013, 8:26am
review rating: 1.3
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La Nuova Era Cuadra Espresso Machine
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Arrow The La Nuova Era Cuadra has 12 Reviews
Arrow The La Nuova Era Cuadra has been rated 9.25 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since October 22, 2007.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Geert De Vries 9.00
Steve Shamah 9.00
Vaughan Stanley 9.00
Michelle Leger 9.00
Ken Dang 8.33

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 10.0
Manufacturer: La Nuova Era Quality: 10
Average Price: $1,300.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $995.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: 1st-Line Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 week Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: None
Bottom Line: This is a true Italian made E-61 HX machine with great build quality and  looks.
Positive Product Points

This machine has great build quality. Esthetically it is very pleasing to look at. It has great heat stability and abundant steam. I like it because its a true E61 lever and you can have pre infusion if you choose.

Negative Product Points

Seriously, nothing I can find right now.

Detailed Commentary

I took my time in reading about lots of machines before I made my move to upgrade. I wanted an E61 HX machine. I am very pleased with everything about this machine.Last night I got it set up and followed 1stLines advice in using the in tank water softener and using
water I had put in a large pitcher with the Osar150 water softener pack inside. I made three double lattes and steamed the milk effortlessly. The list of features on this machine and build quality when coupled with the introductory price I paid makes this a remarkable deal.
Check out some of what you get with this machine.

E61 Grouphead - hot water circulates from the heat exchanger through the grouphead and back to keep the grouphead and your portafilter nice and hot.
Manual three way grouphead valve allows back to back espresso extractions.
Large 1.8 liter copper boiler provides ample steam power for home and office use.
Boiler pressure gauge.
Multi-directional no-burn steam wand allows the user to pivot the steam wand in the right position for milk frothing and steaming.
Multi-directional no-burn hot water wand allows movement for larger and smaller cups. We recommend not pulling out more than 4 ounces at a time and to wait for the pump to complete refilling the boiler before pulling an additional 4 ounces.
Easy on/off switch to turn power on and off.
Green light indicator for power.
Removable water reservoir for easy cleaning - should be cleaned with detergent every two weeks.
Low water cut-off switch: A low water cut off switch is underneath the reservoir to power off the machine when the reservoir is low on water.
XP700 Mater pressurstat: this is an upgraded version regulator to monitor the steam pressure in the boiler.
Parker solenoid valve utilized to control the automatic water refill of the boiler.
Small-style over pressure valve is used to maintain the compactness of this machine.
Anti-vacuum valve is incorporated to remove any vacuum from the boiler when it cools down.
Frame: Stainless steel (not polished).
Body: Polished chrome colored plastic side panels, stainless steel satin finish back panel, and front face polished vertical body panel.
Removable stainless steel drip tray with plastic insert and stainless steel drip tray cover add a really nice touch.
Stainless steel cup warmer tray (must be removed to refill water reservoir) and as with any machine, cups can take up to 2 hours to preheat using a cup warmer tray. You can use the water wand to flash heat your cups.

Buying Experience

I really think this is one of the most important aspects of any equipment purchase. When you buy a machine you need to have people you can trust behind you. I think of it in a way as a partnership or a long
term relationship. Its like joining a family in a way. Now there are a few good families out there and I think those who look around will find out quickly which ones are preferred because they have earned it. There is nothing worse
than investing in an expensive piece of equipment and finding out the people who sold it to you dont really care. Jim at 1st-Line and his team care. They make it their business  to sell,service and be there
long term. The buying experience,shipping experience and involvement with 1st-Line has been first class.

Three Month Followup

Great so far.

One Year Followup

I thought I would update my first year with this wonderful machine since its always nice to know how things are going in the long run. Well its been more than I expected really. It is easy to use and makes great espresso time after
time. Its a steaming monster and I can make three 16oz Lattes very very fast. It steams milk effortlessly. It really has endeared me to HX and E61 technology. Its also esthetically very pretty. I love it.

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