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drtzali
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2007, 1:11pm
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anyone ever hear of this model, and is it any good? thanx.
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2007, 2:00pm
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drtzali Said:

anyone ever hear of this model, and is it any good? thanx.

Posted June 26, 2007 link

I've seen it plastered all over eBay, claiming to be "professional quality", but I've never had one on my workbench. I do recall one retailer saying that in adding it to his lineup he almost bankrupted his business. They reportedly break within a month and there's no factory support for warranties. To maintain his businesses reputation the retailer bought all of the machines back out of his own pocket.

Does that sound like a machine I'd want to try? I think I'd pass; but hey, if you're still curious it's just money & if you don't spend it on this you'll spend it on something else.

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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2007, 3:06pm
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I did a google search and looked at the first result.  You have to buy a box of 100 "capsules" for $80.00.  I'd run away right there, not only do capsules suck in general, but for $.80, you're also getting ripped off on a per-shot basis.  If you buy a good espresso machine and grinder, the beans run from about ten to maybe fifty cents per shot.  I bought a half a pound of coffee for 7 bucks, and I've pulled at least 10 doubles so far, so that's 70 cents per double shot (35 cents per single), and I have enough for more.  

If you're planning on running a coffee shop, then coffee costs anywhere from 4 dollars (for crappy coffee) to 12 dollars (for probably great coffee) per pound.  

I'd buy a legit setup.
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Posted Wed Jun 27, 2007, 8:21am
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Thank you for the advice...will definitely pass on it.
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Posted Sun Jul 29, 2007, 6:48pm
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I've read a fair amount about the frailty of these, however I still bought two of them.

They're not worth anything approaching the 1200 I saw on one site, my price was $65 each and I received 100 pods for each machine.

It makes good espresso, consistent and simple. Far better than most can produce with their machines due to less exacting means of tamping and dosing. I used to have an extensive espresso machine collection, and most people make mediocre coffee, but it's theirs, so they like it...

I think that these are a 15 bar pump machine that was produced for commerical purposes, but might have better served as a home machine.

I'll give an update in a month or two to let you know if this is a great deal or not, so far it seems so.

-k
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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2007, 7:49am
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Is this machine ONLY for pods?

Thanks,
CHAD
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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2007, 8:55am
Subject: Re: ESPRESSO ITALIA "Easy Cup 300"
 

seedlings Said:

Is this machine ONLY for pods?

Thanks,
CHAD

Posted December 6, 2007 link

Yes pods only! sold by swindlers as a "pro espresso machine"

 
Good coffee to you and your guests
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Posted Sat Mar 15, 2008, 11:37am
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I recently purchased this model. I was looking for a cheap machine to make just a couple hundred espressos per week. My cafe is small and in this community espresso is an elitist thing so we dont sell a ton, but there was some demand. I didnt want to invest alot of money in an expensive machine but still wanted to service my customers. I have had nothing but success with this machine. It froths well, and it is simple to use. It is a little slow when having to do double shots but other than that works great, a nice frothy crema on top of that espresso. I only paid 150 bucks for the machine and it came with 100 pods.  Dont pay any more than 150 they are all over ebay for that price and less.  If it breaks...so what it was $150 bucks, it paid for itself in less than two weeks.  Okay now for the pods. The espresso is really good, and there are several varieties and even tea pods, if thats what your in to. I like the dark espresso roast.  If you dont shop around you could pay 50 to 65 bucks for 100 pods.  Dont do that. The stuff has a shelf like of like 3 years because of the way it was vacuume packed, I wouldnt keep it around that long, but hey supposedly you can.  There are people on ebay selling 100 pods for $35.00 and an Espresso Italia dealer in Saratoga NY that sells it fo like 41 and i think if you buy 400 pods its free shipping, dont knock what you havnt tried and keep an open mind...like I said so far so god, I give it 7 out of 10 stars.
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Posted Sat Mar 15, 2008, 1:09pm
Subject: Re: ESPRESSO ITALIA "Easy Cup 300"
 

I've also heard they freeze-dry coffee, and it can be kept indefinitely...they call it 'instant coffee'. MANY folks drink it, so don't knock it, 'til you've tried it! You can get great deals shopping around, so don't only buy it at the supermarket. "You know you're an elitist when....(insert punchline here)'...
A cafe that doesn't serve true espresso? It just might work! (*$).
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Posted Sun Mar 16, 2008, 11:15am
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Hey dick head, ever think that maybe some places cant afford a 2500 or 3000 or more machine.  Sometimes you have to start with something thats not neccesarily perfect.  And the machine does allow you to pull good shots with a thick crema so they can kick me off of here or they can delete this post but well kiss my ass and F@#@ off.
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