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QuickMill Anita - Pete Koehler's Review
Posted: December 4, 2009, 9:58am
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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: 9.2
Manufacturer: QuickMill Quality: 10
Average Price: $1,595.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $1,500.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Chris Coffee Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: No regrets on this machine!
Positive Product Points

Fantastic looking machine.  Incredible steaming power compared to the sub $1,000 category of espresso machines.  Professional grade components.  Optional no burn steam wand and brew-head thermometer are a MUST!!!

Negative Product Points

The water resevoir is incredibly small when you have to do the flushing before pulling the shot.  It's okay though, as I wouldn't want the unit to be any bigger.  I did buy an in tank water softener, but after doing the testing of my water (good), and seeing how the filter displaced even more water out of the tank, I chose not to use it.  I get a little impatient at the 30 to 40 minute warm up time, but that is more of a personality flaw than a problem with the machine.  They all need that sort of warm up time.

Detailed Commentary

Can't say enough good things about the machine itself.  Buying the optional no-burn steam wand makes the experience so much nicer as well (who loves to scrape off caked on milk on a wand?).  The brew-head thermometer (optional, but also HIGHLY recommended) makes you realize how important it is to be able to know the temperature when you are doing any flush-and-go or flush and wait technique.  Top quality components used on the machine.  

My previous espresso machine was a Gaggia Classic, and I really enjoyed that little unit, and it paid for itself about 20 times over.  However, I could never go back after having the Anita sitting on the counter.  In a completely different class for sure.  

Looking back, it took me I'd say a few weeks before I was really making a good cup of coffee.  Was pulling pretty good shots within a few days, but it really took some getting used to on the steaming, as I wasn't used to so much power.  I had difficulty stretching the milk without it creating a big foam head on it.  But again, a little practice cures any flaws in technique.

Buying Experience

Chris' coffee is fantastic.  Helpful over the phone, and over email.

Three Month Followup

I continue to be so impressed with this unit.  Make a couple of cups a day.  Looking back on it, it really did take me a month or two to fully understand the unit, and to not only pull great shots, but to steam quality milk.  Using a flush-n-go technique down to about 202 degrees ends up making a great shot, and steaming non-fat milk (scooping off a dolop of loose foam before the pour) ends up making a great latte.  I would purchase this machine again in a heartbeat.  I simply can't believe I used anything less than this, for so many years.

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