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QuickMill Anita - Jeff Kletsky's Review
Posted: June 10, 2011, 6:25pm
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QuickMill Anita Espresso Machine
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Arrow The QuickMill Anita has 47 Reviews
Arrow The QuickMill Anita has been rated 9.19 overall by our member reviewers
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Quality Reviews
These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Jeff Cirelli 9.00
Cameron Neilson 9.00
Tim Eggers 8.85
Michael Wolfson 8.35
Jeffrey the Barak 8.33

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Manufacturer: QuickMill Quality: 9
Average Price: $1,595.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $895.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Chris' Coffee Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Great entry-level HX machine that wil go the distance
Positive Product Points

Totally solid and reliable for me pulling a shot or two a day now over five years. Shots are reliable and predictable when paired with a decent grinder.

Low-water shutoff of boiler (rather than whole machine) is a feature I'd not be without.
Uses standard portafilters and baskets.
Easy to adjust temperature and brew pressures.
Easy-to-read gauges.

Reasonable maintenance has included:

  • Replace group gasket (like any machine)
  • Replace float and group level washers (at five years)
Negative Product Points

Any HX machine has a learning curve to get temperature control down to something that works for you.
Lights are hard to see, but don't convey much useful information.

Detailed Commentary

This was my first "real" espresso machine at home, after a c. 1990 Estro Vapore, that prior to their moving to a pressurized portafilter. At work, I was using a late-80s, semi-commercial Rancilio (significantly bigger than a Silvia) and learned to pull and steam on that.

Paired with a Mazzer Mini and running on a timer, it has been my morning ritual to pull a shot, since the espresso always tasted good enough to not need milk to hide. Getting uniformity has been pretty easy with bottomless portafilters. Equipping it with Erics' E61 thermometer adapter has made my uniformity even better, though the old "flush until the bubbling on the bottom of the portafilter stops" held me well for several years.

For best results, I'd recommend 45 minutes or more for warm up time. At 20-30 minutes, the group is still coming to thermal equilibrium.

Since HX temperature control involves a lot of water, the tank can feel small at times. I'd probably go rotary (noise) and plumb-in (convenience) if I had to do it again, and had another $500 in my budget. Given what I had to spend at the time, I don't regret the decision at all.

Buying Experience

Chris' Coffee has been great over the years, I'd buy from them again in a heartbeat (and did -- a Silvia / Rocky for my then girlfriend's house, before the Rancillios got silly expensive). Their excellent service is pulling me away from certain "step up" machines that they don't handle, since the experiences I've had with them have been, without exception, incredibly smooth and positive.

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