Review Date - 04/24/2014
I used a Rancilio S24 for a decade. It was a great and reliable machine, but I eventually wanted to step up and bought an Alex Duetto II. When the Alex worked, it was good but not great. But it rarely worked. After two years and multiple services, I gave up on a machine that had multiple leaks and produced terrible wet steam. I was looking at the Rocket R58 V2, but an espresso machine tech to ... read more
Review Date - 12/17/2013
The Expobar Brutus IV-R, wow, what a beautiful machine. My Brutus displaced an Expobar Pulsar. I didn’t think the difference would be so great given the similar design. The Brutus is exponentially better in all the right places. Let’s take them one at a time.
The Brutus has acres of chrome. This machine shines from top to bottom. The only black plastic is on the lever and the knobs f ... read more
Review Date - 07/28/2014
I've used a Giaggia with a bras boiler for over 25 years with no issues except that the warm up time between espresso & cappuccino was not great. Only parts I replaced ever were the gasket once and the steam knob. Still works fine and makes good espresso & cappuccino so I gave it to my friend as his first espresso maker. As much as I enjoyed the Gaggia, there is no comparison between the semi- ... read more
Review Date - 07/05/2013
I have had this machine for a year now and I have waited to give a review because I wanted a good length of time before providing my thoughts.
It is simple to use. But, the instructions are AWFUL for someone who has never had an espresso machine. Someone would never be able to figure out how to clean it unless they already knew or watched a video.
Mine also broke. The reservoir is not ... read more
Review Date - 11/15/2014
Having used my Profitec Pro 500 for two weeks, I am delighted with my choice. The machine delivers excellent espresso and steams milk in seconds. Warm up time is a very quick 7-10 minutes. The build quality appears to be excellent and the price compares very favorably to its competitors. ... read more