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Elektra Lever Machines - Simon Lewthwaite's Review
Posted: February 21, 2007, 4:09pm
review rating: 3.0
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Nick Kitchener 9.00
John Manzo 8.83
Bill Way 8.50
Barry Popma 8.20
Gustav Stanowitz 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.2
Manufacturer: Elektra Quality: 7
Average Price: $1,350.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $900.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Coffee Creation, NZ Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 6 months Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned:
Bottom Line: Stylish, affordable but patience is the key.
Positive Product Points

- Stylish to the maximum
- Good steam pressure
- Easy to get used to

Negative Product Points

- Small drip try
- Thermoblock design = 4 cups inc. Milk max.
- Very hot to touch

Detailed Commentary

When I had my first play of this machine, I was felt completely and utterly inept! This was definitely something that I had to use a few times to get used to.

Shots:
The basket has no markings what so ever, making it difficult to judge the exact amount of coffee to dose. The pull down design on the handle is very well made and has a smooth flow to it, given that you have dosed and tamped well. Also, after the shot is expressed, you must wait roughly 45sec-1min until enough pressure in the head has subsided to let you remove the handle. If you don't you'll be like me and end up with a well designed 'coffee splash' tie dye styled t-shirt!

Milk:
I was impressed with the pressure that it could produce and that the machine held it's boiler pressure so well during the steaming. Although from having it around a bit, I can tell that the seals etc will wear quickly, as it is slow to stop steam being expressed and spurts a fair bit of water after a solid usage of the steam wand.

Usability:
This was fairly straight forward in the case that it wasn't too hard to get my head around, although having to depressurize before filling up the water tank was a bit of a pain.

Buying Experience

Fairly good, obviously not a main seller machine at the shop, but staff knew what they were talking about with it. Stock always on hand, so was able to take it home with me after a thorough demonstration.

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