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La Cimbali Domus - Colin Maxwell's Review
Posted: September 8, 2003, 3:28am
review rating: 5.3
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La Cimbali Domus
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Arrow The La Cimbali Domus has 6 Reviews
Arrow The La Cimbali Domus has been rated 8.37 overall by our member reviewers
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Name Ranking
Richard Killoh 10.00
T Sted 8.66
Colin Maxwell 5.33
Michael Hauptman 0.00
Marco Anglesio 0.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.8
Manufacturer: La Cimbali Quality: 10
Average Price: n/a Usability: 9
Price Paid: $995.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Stewarts Coffee Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Professional Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Robust, Reliable, Easy to clean - Highly recommended for small household.
Positive Product Points

Robust - as an engineer I am plasantly surprised by the no compromise build standard of these machines
Reliable - has not failed in over 4 years of constant daily use
Easy to clean - provided you clean it regularly

Negative Product Points

Internal tank is too small unless you only drink espresso - ie no frothing
Because of this, in my opinion, really only suitable for two person household - otherwise you are filling the thing up all the time.
Should have a warning light or cut out if tank is empty so you don't run the pump dry.

Detailed Commentary

I could not justify buying a new commercial machine for my home - at least to my wife, so I opted for the La Cimbali Domus after trying one out at my local coffee shop. Since this machine was my first and has never let me down I can not compare it to anything else and I guess I am grateful that I have not had to. As long as you keep the head clean, the tank full and the drip tray empty there is very little that can go wrong. In over four years of constant use, I have only ever switched it off for cleaning. However, I am lucky that here in Christchurch NZ, we have fantastic water (totally untreated). Although the Domus has a cleanable water filter, I am not sure how it would last if the water was of dubious quality.

Buying Experience

I got a good deal for cash and have no reason to complain about the service.

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