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Isomac Tea - Peter Hanson's Review
Posted: April 23, 2003, 6:35pm
review rating: 5.0
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Arrow The Isomac Tea has 66 Reviews
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Peter Bigone 10.00
Jim R. 9.26
James Schulman 9.17
Ton Boom 9.00
Blazej Mrozinski 8.67

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.8
Manufacturer: Isomac Quality: 10
Average Price: $1,649.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $1,025.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Chris Coffee Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 6 months Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Advanced Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Krups Il Novo
Bottom Line: If you are serious about espresso and can spring for the Tea, you won't look back.
Positive Product Points

This is a great machine.  With a good grind, it pulls excellent shots.  Frothing >4 oz of milk works best.  Very fast recovery between shots/steaming.

Negative Product Points

Frothing small volumes is tough to get great (Chris has a new tip to fix this).  It is an investment.

Detailed Commentary

This machine is tremendous.  I stepped up from a Krups Il Novo I had for 8 years.  That made ok lattes/caps but was poor on straight shots and could only steam 4 oz without needing time to recover.  The Tea excels at all.  You can make drinks (shots/froth) as fast as you can work.  It spoils you quickly.  I once thought Starbucks was good - no more. You can make a shot within 3-5 minutes of turning it on, but it is even better after the E61 head has fully heated for 30 minutes or more. The dual pressure gauges are useful - one for the boiler and the other tells pressure while brewing.  This is great to let you know if the grind/tamp are right and beats timing the shots.   Now I'm searching for the perfect bean to get the optimal flavor.  I considered a Silvia but am glad I went the extra distance on this.  No regrets.  Even my non-coffee drinking wife enjoys the hot water wand for cocoa and oatmeal.

Buying Experience

Excellent.  2 weeks after receiving it the heating element gave out.  I emailed Chris on a Saturday morning and he literally phoned me 5 minutes later.  I tested a couple of components and he overnighted a new element that arrived Tuesday.  You can't beat service like that.

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