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Alessi Coban Espresso - Tom Van de Ven's Review
Posted: October 26, 2007, 1:43am
review rating: 7.3
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.4
Product Reviewed: Alessi Coban 04
Manufacturer: Alessi Quality: 8
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $200.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: 2nd hand Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: A real Alessi designed, great looking, combined grinder&espresso machine for making a good espresso and great cappucino's!
Positive Product Points

Great Looks
Quickly on temperature
Integrated grinder saves space
Top steam for microfoam!

Negative Product Points

Plastic piston parts hard to clean
The grate under the piston for collecting drippings is not stable

Detailed Commentary

The looks of the machine are great. As an Alessi fan it is definitely a must have. Besides the looks it makes a great espresso.
The grinder that is combined in this machine is realy ease to use and saves a lot of space. Also no extra cables needed for grinder and machine. Very handy combination. Of course you may doubt the quality of the grinder but for now and for this machine I think it is a good combination. When grinding the coffee in your piston it does however get a bit messy on the machine. But nothing a swipe with wet cloth can't handle :)
The steamer is very good. In no time and with almost no practice I'm making the best cappucinos ever.
The grate that is above a reservoir for collecting drippings and stuff is not rock solid on the reservoir. This could be improved by a better ridge or something.
The piston has some plastic parts that can be de-assebled for cleaning. This is not quick and easy to do.
Overall: I love to make a nice espresso and was looking for a good (more proffesional) machine. After rethinking what and how I should be using it and being a huge Alessi fan it is the best choice. It is always fun being busy with this machine.

Buying Experience

I was lucky to buy this machine 2nd hand for only 200. It is under a year old and by the looks of it not frequently used. Everything is in great order and the machine looks and feels robust enough to last for some time. I am really happy with this great looking machine.

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