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QuickMill Andreja - Mark Berry's Review
Posted: April 23, 2006, 8:52am
review rating: 7.5
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QuickMill Andreja
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Arrow The QuickMill Andreja has 82 Reviews
Arrow The QuickMill Andreja has been rated 9.25 overall by our member reviewers
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Bob Yellin 9.21
Teemu Pihlatie 8.90
Pal Cabral 8.75
Don F. Reitz 8.66
Z B 8.66

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Manufacturer: Quick Mill Quality: 10
Average Price: $1,249.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $1,500.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Chris Coffee Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 year Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Andreja Premium is "premium" - it is the one thing I've attained that I have never second-guessed the purchase (sorry, honey!).
Positive Product Points

Great looks - finish, form, substance.  Solid as a rock - same shots today as first day I used it one year ago.  Easy to maintain - daily rinse, weekly water backflush, monthly cleaner backflush.  Best of all?  Exceptional service from Chris' Coffee.

Negative Product Points

Regarding product?  None.  But have you ever tried to get a plumber to hook up water line & filter system for an espresso machine in rural Maine???

Detailed Commentary

I elected to wait until our one-year anniversary with the machine, allowing time to truly break it in and get through any post-purchase euphoria or later buyer's remorse (there has been none of that!).  

Unit was ready right out of the box.  I plugged it in, filled it up, ran one seasoning shot and - from that point forward - it was espresso bliss.  Unit is larger than anticipated, but easily fit on counter with plenty of rooms to spare for cups on top.  With light weekly wipe-down cleaning, unit looks as good as it did the day I set it up.  Some complain that the unit is noisy - it may be, but well worth it.  We keep it on 24/7, avoiding having to wait for the boiler to heat up if I want a latte or my wife wants hot water for tea (she still hasn't tackled pulling shots!).  

Loading a Lavazza Grand Espresso through my Rancilio Rocky (set at 6), I can consistently pull double shots down in 26-28 seconds - day after day, week after week, month after month.  Frothing milk for a 16 oz. latte (skim only, please) requires approximately 40 seconds.  Working in parallel, I can get the unit flushed, beans ground, portafilter pressed, shot pulled, milk frothed, and unit flushed in less than 3 minutes - try doing better than that at Starbucks!  Shots are consistently beautiful, milk is frothed with microfoam - when the two come together, it is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy!

In summary, this is a purchase for life.  Short of some major malfunction - and Chris' Coffee service department going out of business - this is my one and only espresso machine.  For home usage, why would you need more?

Buying Experience

Chris (of Chris' Coffee) is unbelievable.  When I was on the hunt for a unit, I sent an email through the business' customer service website on a Saturday - and got a detailed answer back from Chris later the same day.  I've had several occasions to email or call since - asking questions, seeking wisdom (Grand Espresso vs. Super Crema vs. Top Class), etc.  In each case, I get responses promptly - usually from Chris.  I've gone back since the initial purchase to order beans, filters, etc. - each experience equally exceptional.  If only other businesses work as Chris' does.

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