I just finished a short visit to the QuickMill booth. You may know the name because Chris Coffee has done some serious work with them on the Andreja and Vetrano machines to meet 'geek standards.
There was one new product at the QuickMill booth that had me both happy but a bit dismayed. I didn't get the model name, but it's a new "dual heater" brewing machine running (supposedly) fine at 110V.
I say supposedly, because well, only real world testing will tell. The real achilles heel of any 110V machine coming out of Europe is that they usually aren't built from the ground up for 110V. They are designed for Euro-spec, then converted in many cases. Not so much a problem for single boiler or even HX machines - but dual boilers, or dual thermoblocks pose more of a challenge.
I don't want to be overly critical here - QuickMill has shown amazing interest in the N. American market (and demands) through their work with Chris Coffee, and the Vetrano and Andredja machines are proof positive of that. So being the optimist, this new machine with (what I believe) are two thermoblocks inside will stand up to the restrictions of 110V, 15amp service.
That said, the company's rep ran the steam wand while I was there, and it didn't seem to have very much power. And one other downside - the wand is a froth aider type, with no option to put a traditional wand on. Not good.
One huge positive though - and I'm going by memory on this so I could be wrong - but I recall the woman saying the machine should retail around the $550-$700 price range. If so, that'll be the cheapest dual heater machine on the market. Very positive stuff.
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| New QuickMill Dual Heater |
The new machine, with gauge up front, fairly easy to read lights (one of my usability issues), big reservoir, nice looking machine. But... stupid froth aider! :D
| New Machine / Grinder |
Another new product, this one with a single boiler, and a built in grinder - essentially the same as their standalone grinder. One of the better looking combo machines I've seen.
| Andreja |
The heavily "Chrismodified" Andreja machine on display. First time I've seen one in person.
| Vetrano |
The heavily Chris-Modified Vetrano - the plumbed in machine. Solid.