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Nespresso Machines - Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov's Review
Posted: October 26, 2005, 3:40am
review rating: 6.5
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 6.6
Product Reviewed: Coban
Manufacturer: Alessi Quality: 5
Average Price: Varies Usability: 6
Price Paid: $500.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Alessi Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 years Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Great looks and function. Go for it!
Positive Product Points

The looks of it. Oh my god!
Built-in grinder, and handles pods aswell.
Great steaming.

Negative Product Points

Grinder hasn't got that many settings.
No cup warmer.
No tamper included.

Detailed Commentary

It's a beautiful machine, it really is.
I sometimes get stuck just staring at it.
But then I get thrown back into reality: class starts in half an hour.
Fill it up, turn it on, let it sit for at least ten minutes, pull a warm water shot.
Let the cup heat for a minute or so while I grind the coffee (or put the pod in the filter if it's early, wouldn't want to wake my neighbours).
Tamp the coffee (with my new Reg Barber tamper that's really good - read my other review!)
Put the portafilter back in place.
Pull the shot in the pre-heated cup.
Turn it off.

The espresso does turn out good. The crema isn't like the ones I've got from good espresso bars, but it got better when switching from some low quality coffee to Mauro DeLuxe and the plastic tamper to the Reg Barber one (the millimeter is 53 by the way, if you decide to buy a tamper for the Coban).

The good part about this machine is the steaming wand. I have been using it for a month or so, and I already make better foam than the espresso bars I visit (don't want to brag but I really do get great cappuccinos).

Pretty easy cleaning, do unscrew the plate above the portafilter from time to time and clean it.

Buying Experience

No problems

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