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QuickMill Andreja - Nick Norder's Review
Posted: December 28, 2009, 8:40am
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QuickMill Andreja
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Pal Cabral 10.00
Michael Chamariver 10.00
Gery Bastiani 10.00
Bob Ponticelli 9.50
Bob Yellin 9.21

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.8
Product Reviewed: Andreja
Manufacturer: Quick Mill Quality: 9
Average Price: $1,249.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $1,695.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: ChrisCoffee Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Reneka Techno
Bottom Line: Sturdy machine with great design that is a step down in sophistication compared to a dual boiler but doesn't require plumbing.
Positive Product Points

no plumbing (main reason bought as new place doesn't allow plumbing prior dual boiler)
gorgeous design
gages allow monitoring
large drip tray
outstanding customer service
different flavor profiles possible due to heat exchanger

Negative Product Points

heat exchanger wastes a lot of water (flushing, water ejection after shot)
no temperature adjustment other than flushing ("surfing") and counting seconds
wet puck after shot
low maximal flow  compared to rotary pump (problem for "cafe creme" or "lungos") due to membrane pump
loud compared to rotary pump

Detailed Commentary

I bought this machine because I was unable to plumb my Reneka Techno in the current apartment.  This machine is beautiful and takes a sturdy, albeit mechanistic approach to espresso making. I have not owned a heat exchanger before and am surprised how it can be surfed to the proper temperature (= proper taste) with little experience. Flavor profiles are different from my prior machine perhaps because initial high heat is possible that diminishes with the shot versus the plane or asymptotically increasing temperature in dual boiler extraction. It also makes it less repeatable. I do not mind too much the need to refill the large tank every other day but thought I would.

Buying Experience

received defective machine first that would not built up pressure but was shipped back at no costs and replaced within few days when a replacement part could not be installed by myself
credit card charged only after shipment - nice

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