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Expobar Brewtus - Jay Johnson's Review
Posted: January 14, 2009, 3:50pm
review rating: 6.4
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Expobar Brewtus
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Arrow The Expobar Brewtus has 18 Reviews
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Anthony C 10.00
Eric C 8.67
Robert Combs 8.47
Ray Sachs 8.00
Jonathan Wenger 7.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.8
Manufacturer: Expobar Quality: 10
Average Price: $1,500.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $1,899.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Whole Latte Love Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Francis Francis X1
Bottom Line: Top class; all around winner
Positive Product Points

Rotary pump
Dual boiler
Large drip pan
E-61 brew group
Temp control and stability
Hot water tap
Amazing steam production
Pressure guages for brewing and for steaming
Beautiful design

Negative Product Points

Doesn't fit in my backpack.
I really dare someone to find a bad point.

Detailed Commentary

I spent 7 years with a couple of  Francis Francis X1's back to back  (one went after 3 years, the other just recently died).  I did master the making of espresso with the X1.  It took a while.  However, I tried to use it to make drinks for groups of people and  I was always left so aggrevated.  A single boiler machine will do that to you.  

Along comes the Brewtus III R

Life is so sweet with this machine.  Any kind of drink can be made in a couple snaps of a finger. You should know a bit about coffee grind, tamp pressure and brew temp to quickly get aquainted with this sexy beast.  This machine is able to steam milk faster than you can tamp and extract your espresso!  Yahoo!!!

This machine makes use of two 1000w boilers.  All of you electricians out there may be thinking that this machine could potentially draw 2000w and will trip breakers.  It does not, it draws about 1kw max.  When you power up the Brewtus, the steam boiler is the first to warm.  Eight minutes later the brew boiler warms.  The machine is brew ready in about 18 to 20 min.  Yes, that is a long time.  However, you should be able to reason why it takes so long.

The Brewtus III R must be plumbed (you could throw the water inlet line in a jug of water).  If you want to be free of constantly filling a reservoir, plumbing this machine is quite easy to do.
The Brewtus III V has a vibration pump and it also has a water reservoir.  No need to plumb.

Buying Experience

Whole Latte Love.  They are the best of the best.  You should check other comments about them.  You will find only happy customers.

(UPDATE August 4th 2010)  Whole Latte Love is always on their game.

Three Month Followup

Great product.  Works like it should.

One Year Followup

(UPDATE  August 4th 2010)  With nearly 10 years of pulling shots, (last 2 years with Brewtus),  my wife and I pay homage to this machine.  We paid our dues with the FF X1 and we feel lucky to have this slick, well behaved machine to work with everyday.  We've had no problems so far.  We are very spoiled by the smooth process of creating consistant drinks.  My wife is convinced she pulls better shots than me.  Rather funny coming from the penny pincher that didn't want to spend so much money on a "coffee maker".  She loves Brewtus.  Enjoying coffee together is such a sweet and romantic thing!  

One thing to note, unlike some machines, this great machine does not have any areas where water could collect and fester.  The drip tray is large.  With daily use, I empty it about once a month, usually when the water in the tray gets nasty looking.  A large drip tray is rather important.  

We plumbed the machine and I wouldn't ever go back to filling a resevoir.  I filter the water with a inline setiment/chlorine filter, and most importantly, I put a salt free water conditioner in line to prevent calcium buildup in the boilers.  If you get this machine, invest in this guy:  http://doultonusa.com/Boats-and-RVs-softeners/Boats-and-motorhomes-salt-free-softener-FSC3.php  The boilers have a sensor that will fail if you use a descaler liquid like CLR.

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