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La Marzocco GS/3 - David Howe's Review
Posted: November 26, 2010, 1:46pm
review rating: 7.3
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La Marzocco GS/3 Espresso Machine
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Arrow The La Marzocco GS/3 has 13 Reviews
Arrow The La Marzocco GS/3 has been rated 9.00 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Jay Millar 8.60
Steven Zaat 8.58
Max N. 8.40
Sylvain Barbeau 8.33
Stuart Brady 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Product Reviewed: GS/3
Manufacturer: La Marzocco Srl Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 9
Price Paid: $5,000.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Chris Coffee Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 year Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: I'd buy again in a heartbeat
Positive Product Points

PID control
Dual boilers with separate temp set points
Fast warm up
Built in on/off timer

Negative Product Points

Hot water wand gets in the way of control panel
Programming instructions are not accurate (at least in the version sent with my machine)

Detailed Commentary

I've owned this machine for over a year and couldn't be happier. My main complaint is due to the fact that when I needed a bit of service my local options were terrible. LaMarzocco USA has a list of local support but I found the people on it to be worthless for me (Cincinnati area, not 1 returned phone call). I ended up taking the machine to Indianapolis where I found friendly and competent service....well worth the 300 mile round trip (twice).

The ridged basket is a pain initially (trying to use what I'd accumulated previously) but... tried smooth sided and the ridged made better espresso. Ended up getting a smaller tamper and that was it. The more time you spend dialing in the machine the better it performs. Keep records of what you are doing and it will reward you. Once you find your preferred settings it will repeat consistently. I consume 6-8 doubles a day and everyone is the same.

Buying Experience

Easy buying experience, no complaints.

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