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Elektra Lever Machines - Steven Markin's Review
Posted: November 17, 2007, 2:10pm
review rating: 7.0
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Elektra Lever Machines
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Arrow The Elektra Lever Machines has 19 Reviews
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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: 8.6
Manufacturer: Elektra Quality: 10
Average Price: $1,350.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $800.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Little Italy, NYC Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Lasts forever, great fun to use, makes great expresso and a joy to look at.
Positive Product Points

It's incredibly durable and reliable, a conversation piece and produces great expresso.

Negative Product Points

Low capacity boiler (about 4 shots), long heat up time (about 10-15 minutes). You must be careful to insert the group head properly or you'll have a mess and you should cool the group head after each shot.

Detailed Commentary

I've had the Elektra Micro Casa for about 15 years.  It's great fun to use. I've hooked it to a water supply line so the water supply is renewed with the push of a button. It is very picky. To coax it into producing the best you need to grind, fill and tamp it just right, but I've found that with the pump machines as well. To do 2 shots, you should pull the lever down, hold it until you see the drip start, release and then pull down again, but only half way. All motions are gradual. Great for small groups but supplying larger parties just requires too much time. This is a lever machine, by its very nature it is very intimate, requiring a personal touch. It's just not intended for large groups.

Buying Experience

Don't remember, it was a long time ago. I bought it from a little shop in Little Italy, New York City.

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