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La Cimbali Domus - Richard Killoh's Review
Posted: May 17, 2007, 2:58am
review rating: 10.0
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Arrow The La Cimbali Domus has 6 Reviews
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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: 9.0
Manufacturer: La Cimbali Quality: 9
Average Price: n/a Usability: 9
Price Paid: $550.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Trade me Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 6 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Gaggia Classic
Bottom Line: great machine, for the price i paid i couldnt have hoped for better.
Positive Product Points

Great steaming capacity - after removing the "froth enhancer"
-------------Makes great Coffee-------------( nothing else really matters!)

Negative Product Points

A larger water tank would be good
A larger cup warmer would be good too
the steam wand could be a bit more flexible.

Detailed Commentary

My machine is about 5 years old,  I don't know the history of it, but i gave it a good clean and away we went. After the first few pounds of coffee i was able to pull a very very good shot 9 out of 10 times.  It looks a bit plasticy but on further inspection actually feels very solid. I did consider and try a silvia, i believe this machine is at least as good if not better.

The machine heats up fairly quick- but takes a while to heat the cups, so I normally run a few ounces of water through to heat the cups.

I often leave the machine on all day - I have learnt to run a little water through before brewing as i have found that if the machine is very hot then steam or super heated water comes through and burns the coffee - resulting in a rather bitter brew. The same goes if making a few coffees in a row, after steaming the milk you do need to to run a little water through the portafilter, other wise you risk a bitter brew. Whilst this may seam like a problem it quickly becomes part of the coffee making procedure, and is not a problem at all.

The portafilar has only a double spout underneath which can be a bit of a pain if making a single shot in a smaller cup.

After using the Domus i would never go back to the Gaggia classic - even though i thought it was the best when i had it. I think that even if i paid retail i would still be very happy with this machine.

As with all good coffee you do need to have - good coffee, ground right, brewed right - What more does one need in life?
Have now matched with an inox grinder - great coffee got even better!

Buying Experience

Bought off trade me (like ebay) easy trade

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