NE PLUS ULTRA OF HOME MACHINES. FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION. NO ROCKET SCIENCE REQUIRED TO OPERATE. JUST BE PATIENT AND YOU WILL BE REWARDED. CAVEAT. IT MIGHT COST MORE NOW
Positive Product Points
Machine age looking design with diamond plate aluminum on sides, and stainless steel front and back. Solid. Extremely well made. Easy to set up and use. I've owned many machines, from Gaggias to Faemas to Elektra Nivola. I also have about 8 vintage lever ones. When the pump went on my Nivola, I wanted to see if there was a place in L.A. where I could buy a machine and bring it back if it failed. Salvatore offered a custom made machine and a six year warranty. I also had some input in designing it to give it a "machine age" look. While I had to wait about four months and it cost more, I think it was worth it. I have a machine that looks and works great. Real simple. I set it up, followed the directions, and about seven minutes later I got on my first shot a thick brew with good crema. I It was not as hot as I like it, but that was my fault as I should have waited maybe two more minutes. I have a mazzer grinder which helps. I drink it black so I have not used the steam wand, but it seems to have lots of pressure. Bottom line, I have a machine that is the ne plus ultra of home machines and is a work of art or make that Salvatore. One other thing, I have only had it a very short time but if I do have problems which I doubt, I can always bring it to Salvatore. Even his location is great-beautiful Solvang.
Negative Product Points
There are no negative points so far. I did find that the reservoir moves a little but not a big deal and it is made of some kind of plastic. Everything else is made of copper and stainless steel and aluminum. Weighs close to 50lbs.
While I love coffee and good espresso, I am not a fanatic nor a techie. I don't mean to disrespect those of you who are, but I just don't have the patience or expertise. I do know quality when I see it. I have a Faema machine from the l950s that still works but it is not user friendly. The Nivola worked well but the shots were always weak and the pump went on me twice. As soon as I took Salvatore's machine out of the box, I was impressed by its weight and beauty. I placed it on the kitchen countertop and was surprised that it did not take up as much space as I thought. I filled the water reservoir with distilled water then turned the machine on. It was not as noisy as others said and it quickly filled the copper boiler. I opened up the steam wand and waited. It also has on the right side a wand for water. After about five minutes the steam wand began dripping and I shut if off. I checked the pressure gauge. The needle rose to about 1.2 I filled the portafilter. It comes with a heavy single and a separate double one. I pressed the brew button with the portafilter still off. Hot water came out. I did it two more times, then attached the portafilter. Almost immediately, thick crema espresso flowed out. I let if fill half of the cup, then stopped pressing the brew button. My first shot was almost perfect for me.
It is important to reopen the steam wand after finishing. I felt this machine could keep on making great espresso if it had to. Shut it off. It is an e61 machine so it probably could. Bottom line, I have a quality machine that makes great espresso with a six year warranty and I could always drive to Salvatore to get it repaired. Oh, I almost forgot the nice large drip tray rests on a machined base that has holes in it to add to that machine age look. Okay, just to alleviate any of you espresso manque types, this review was the result of my own enthusiasm. I'm retired from law enforcement
Excellent. Good communication. Shipped on time and very well packed. Two easy payments and what I believe is a fair price. And it comes with a written six year warranty which by the way is not transferable.