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Astra Espresso - Other - Treshell Jones's Review
Posted: April 15, 2009, 4:40pm
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Constance Finley 0.00
Treshell Jones 0.00
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.8
Product Reviewed: Astra Gourmet semi-automa
Manufacturer: Astra Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $400.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Used from Portland convention center Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 3 years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Too many to list, There are 6 different makers, each used every day.
Bottom Line: The fishing is good.  The expresso is better.  You -Al come
Positive Product Points

Even retail (does anyone still do that) it is and will be a good value.  
If mine every quits, I will be on the phone getting another shipped over night retail.
Its look is wonderful and classic.
The side and back panel are easy to change out to colors to match your mood or kitchen.
Good height fits under home kitchen cabinet. Its total foot print works in home kitchen.    
The width is easy to hold milk pitcher, cup, and tea cup and use all at once if you have hands enough.
The area that warms cups doesn't get over hot.
It can be used left or right handed.
Can be used pretty much either manual or automatic.

Negative Product Points

If you live out side a city you must learn to fix it your self.

Detailed Commentary

This one is my addiction of choice.  It has only one draw back.  I live in the zip 82435.  Another way of saying if broken you fix it.  The good news on that is that this USA made beast is really easy to get apart.  All parts make perfect sense.  The backing of it's USA maker is wonderful..  Parts are easy to get and the cost of parts seems much lower then others.  You could target practice with it and it would still put out the best god shot.  I do think that with this model it is best if hooked up for water.  Mine at the moment has only been turned off when God shut it down in few wind storms.  Trying to figure out how to use solar to run it in case of power outage?  Keeps cups warm.  Makes fast great steamed milk.  At the same time you are making steamed 1/2&1/2 and a cup of tea.  Puts out cup after cup for as many cups as you can make 24/7.   Its height is just enough lower then most, which means it fits under a stander cabinet.    The width is easy to hold milk pitcher, cup, and tea cup.  It was very used when I got it and it worked right out of the box.  So far I can't make toast with it.

Buying Experience

Bought it used so the vendor is OR state Gov.  However it came with out a made number.  The makers of Astra in CA were very helpful anyway.  They talked me through my first routine exam and CoffeeGeek got me through the rest.

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