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Izzo Alex Duetto II - Randy Harville's Review
Posted: February 24, 2012, 9:03pm
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Izzo Alex Duetto II Dual Boiler PID
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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: 8.8
Manufacturer: Izzo Quality: 9
Average Price: $2,295.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $2,395.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Chris Coffee Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Professional Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Rancillio Miss Silvia 2002 edition
Bottom Line: very pretty, good quality machine.  It makes good coffee easily.
Positive Product Points

pretty, consistant performer, very queit, PID, Double Boiler, plumb ready,

Negative Product Points

reservoir could be larger, had to replace steam boiler insulation due to manufacturing defect.  Was not a difficult task.  Do not get the handle rivets in the reservoir wet as they will rust.

Detailed Commentary

The Izzo Alex Duetto II makes good consistent coffee with little effort.  It is easy to maintain and a solid performer.  It is a very quit machine.  I like the rapid steam when milk based drinks are desired.  I can crank out milk based drinks every 45 seconds, which is a big turn around from a Miss Silvia.  Most of my espresso shots are from Three Beans Coffee, Harville House, Espresso # 9 blend, which has a fruity start but a chocolatey buttery finish and copious amounts of rusty creama lasting to the bottom of the cup.  The IAD2 keeps the shots right at 200 F, I use a Mazzer Mini
e type A.  I use an Espro convex tamper for consistency every third shot.  The IAD2 pulls 2 oz of espresso in 27 seconds.  Mmmmhhmm that is some tasty good stuff, each and every time.

I will not discuss the importance of good water as any coffee maker worth their salt knows this.

I run it at the 15 Amp mode and usually only turn the steam boiler on once or twice a week for those that like capos/ cafe' a leit.  I am mostly all about the espresso; 4-6 doubles per day.  

The IAD2 cleans easily and regular weekly water back flushing keeps the brew head clean.  I brush and sponge the gasket every third shot and pull one ounce water after every shot.  

I would give one important tip: do not get the handle rivets in the reservoir wet as they will rust.

Buying Experience

Chris coffee was responsive to questions, fair and easy to deal with and was proactive with the replacement of the steam boiler insulation and a detailed instructional video.

Three Month Followup

Still love the coffee, love the machine.  No further problems from boiler insulation.

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