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Izzo Alex Duetto II - Daniel McMath's Review
Posted: June 30, 2011, 4:15pm
review rating: 5.5
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Jonathan Mohn 9.00
Ron Bilow 8.00
Michael Smith 8.00
Paul Levy 7.71
Tim Gilligan 7.33

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Manufacturer: Izzo Quality: 10
Average Price: $2,295.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $2,295.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Chris' Coffee Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 months Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Isomac Relax
Bottom Line: The Espresso Machine to End All Espresso Machines.
Positive Product Points

Summary: Incredibly high-quality machine designed with the serious home user in mind.
- Incredibly easy to work with
- Highly reliable shot temperature and pressure
- Spectacular steaming capability
- Visually appealing
- Plumbs in nicely

Negative Product Points

There are only two things I can point to as annoyances on this machine, and one of them isn't really fair:
1 - Stainless steel looks dirty very rapidly.  I warned you it wasn't fair; any stainless machine will look grubby and require cleaning often.
2 - The drain from the drip tray doesn't seal to the bottom of the drip tray, so if you pour a lot of water down all at once -- more water than the drain can handle -- the tray may overflow a little.

Detailed Commentary

I knew shortly after I bought my Isomac (HX machine) that I'd want a dual boiler.  So I've been lusting after this machine for a while.   Even after my Isomac failed, I still hesitated for a year before making the Big Purchase.  It's a huge amount of money, really, for what is essentially a luxury item.

But that being said: It's Worth It.  The build quality is incredible, the usability is unmatched, and it shows in the shot quality.  Every shot is perfect every time, with no water dance, temperature surfing, or any other nonsense.  While I'm perfectly capable of modifying espresso machines -- I even built one once -- I find it gratifying to own a machine that doesn't lend itself to any user-performed improvements.  They really did think of _everything_.  This is the Porsche of espresso machines.

If I had to go back in time, and had to make this decision again, I'd make the same decision with a lot less hesitation the second time around.

Buying Experience

Chris' Coffee is a great organization.  I spoke with Chris himself, and though I know he's running a massive operation, he treated me like I was the single most important customer he had to respond to.  If I had to do this again, not only would I buy the same machine, I wouldn't hesitate to order it from Chris.

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