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La Marzocco GS/3 - Paul Brooks's Review
Posted: January 7, 2014, 12:52pm
review rating: 6.0
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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
Arrow This product has been in our review database since October 23, 2007.
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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: 8.6
Product Reviewed: GS/3 Paddle
Manufacturer: La Marzocco Srl Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $6,000.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Chris' Coffee Service Aesthetics 5
Owned for: 3 months Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: If you have the money and want the very best, La Marzocco GS/3 is your machine.
Positive Product Points

I've owned La Pasquini Livia, Elektra Micro Casa. This La Marzocco GS/3 is the Rolls Royce of machines, built from commercial parts, hand made in Florence, Italy!

Negative Product Points

Aesthetics of the machine don't necessarily reflect fine lines of typical Italian design, but are more than made up by functionality and incredible engineering. I've witnessed a group head rebuild. The mechanical engineering design and precision tooling of the parts is out of this world.

Detailed Commentary

The machine is quiet and works flawlessly. Superb consistent shots. You have to be an artist to pull great shots and this machine is so sensitive that it allows you to be the best you can be -- just work with it!

I have the paddle version which allows a pre-infusion. I'm not sure how effective this functionality is, but I don't really care. It's great shots that matter. Of course, you have to back-flush frequently -- I wasn't at first and learned to do weekly at least, preferably daily. I also learned to pay attention to the hardness of the water. It should be soft water. So, I installed a soft water filter under the sink. One day I will plumb the machine.

Buying Experience

Chris' Coffee is the only place to buy this from. Service is white glove. Buying experience is the best. Shipping on a pallet!, door to door.

Three Month Followup

The GS/3 continues to perform well making incredible cappuccinos daily. A regular backflushing regimen is required as with all espresso machines.

One Year Followup

The GS/3 continues to produce coffee perfectly.

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