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QuickMill Vetrano - Nicholas Lundgaard's Review
Posted: June 24, 2008, 1:49am
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QuickMill Vetrano Espresso Machine
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Arrow The QuickMill Vetrano has 35 Reviews
Arrow The QuickMill Vetrano has been rated 8.91 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since September 6, 2006.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
John Weiss 9.11
Karl Denninger 7.55
Patrick McCormick 7.40
Rob Stevens 7.00
Dave Stoner 7.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.6
Manufacturer: QuickMill Quality: 8
Average Price: $1,395.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $1,700.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Chris Coffee Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: La Valentina, La Pavoni Professional
Bottom Line: This machine is a compelling entry into the higher end of the E61 class of machines. If you want to go plumbed in for under 2 grand, this machine should be on your short list.
Positive Product Points

Quiet machine, quality build, easy plumb-in. I think this machine is easily one of the best in class, second to, perhaps, the Vibiemme Domobar Super--and it still wins for me by a rotary pump.

Negative Product Points

2 things I don't like:

  • How narrow the inlet tube is to the pump... a thicker line would have allowed it to be bottle-fed more safely.
  • The finish and quality of the feet. They are supposedly leveling legs, i.e. you can adjust their height a little bit. The problem is, if you raise them much at all, they get kind of wobbly. Thicker, sturdier legs should have been used.
Detailed Commentary

I have very little to add to all the excellent reviews of this machine, but I do want to say that, after several months of everyday use, this machine is a lot of fun to use, and yields impressively consistent results. To a great extent, this is because it's an E61 machine, but the details of the machine really make this stand out.

One huge thing for me is the plumb-in factor. With a water line, you get not only the convenience of never having to refill the boiler, but you also get the benefit of a stable inlet temperature. Pourover machines in this class have reservoirs that very quickly get baked by the heat of their boiler, resulting in longer flushes as the machine stays on longer. This adds a certain unpredictability to other machines (such as my old La Valentina) that is wasteful and annoying.

Buying Experience

I can't tell you how great Chris' Coffee is. You can't go wrong buying a machine from him. He stands behind his products, and he's a big factor in how much I like this machine--I can depend on great service for it even though I bought it from a place that's 2000 miles away. This is not an insignificant factor when buying a machine. In all honesty, E61 machines don't have a whole lot to differentiate them between each other--They are pretty well left to aesthetics, quality components (pressurestat, pump, etc.), and service. Vetrano and Chris' Coffee deliver on these things in spades, especially if you get the Sirai pressurestat upgrade.

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