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Nuova Simonelli Machines - Other - Rob McHattie's Review
Posted: December 30, 2003, 6:51am
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Nuova Simonelli Machines - Other
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Mitchell B 9.00
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Jack Denver 7.16
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Peter Wilson 6.75

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.8
Product Reviewed: Master Coffee
Manufacturer: Nuova Simonelli Quality: 6
Average Price: Varies Usability: 7
Price Paid: $7,500.00 Cost vs. Value 5
Where Bought: - Aesthetics 4
Owned for: 2 years Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Strong, consistant espresso with a generally reliable machine. Good for heavy use in a commercial/office environment.
Positive Product Points

Makes consistant espresso. Built in fridge.

Negative Product Points

Breaks easily, setting up seems hard.

Detailed Commentary

I dont actually OWN this product, rather, its where I work, and as I use it 3-4 times a day, Im sure I quallify to produce a review!

This is a 'Master Coffee' and is a fully automatic espresso/capuccino machine, and is installed in a bust Ad agency in London, so gets pretty heavy usage.
Usability wise, its push-button in operation, with a digital display where many of the settings can be changed.

It makes generally good espresso, using its own grinder, and has a consistant extraction time of about 10 seconds. The crema seems good and quite dark brown in colour, although its hard to tell when it gets poured into a paper cup!! I really must bring my own cup with me, although im sure ill get some stick for that!

The capuccino, however, isnt quite as succesful, as it has a tendancy to boil the milk, resulting in a burning hot drink, which is impossible to touch for 15-20 mins. Ive tried to have a look 'under the hood' but theres no obvious method of turning the temperature down, which is frustrating. It takes the mild directly from the container from its built-in fridge, which is a really nice idea, especially in the summer where milk can go off pretty quickly.

It seems to have a tendancy to break pretty often, however its ALWAYS a gasket in the pouring mechanism that seems to break, and although the service is quick, its often out of order for at least a day, leaving me to suffer the drip coffee, which is dreadful here!

I certainly would never buy this kind of machine for myself, but then Im not in the market for a pro, heavy-usage machine that needs little input to use.

Buying Experience

I didnt buy this, however I was told by the maintenance staff here that it cost 5000 (apporx $7500US) when it was bought, so a hefty investment. Service seems quick when it (frequently) breaks down.

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