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La Nuova Era Cuadra - Grant Hermes's Review
Posted: November 18, 2012, 1:57am
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La Nuova Era Cuadra Espresso Machine
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Arrow The La Nuova Era Cuadra has 12 Reviews
Arrow The La Nuova Era Cuadra has been rated 9.25 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since October 22, 2007.
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Name Ranking
Geert De Vries 9.00
Steve Shamah 9.00
Vaughan Stanley 9.00
Michelle Leger 9.00
Ken Dang 8.33

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.4
Manufacturer: La Nuova Era Quality: 9
Average Price: $1,300.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $995.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: 1st-line.com Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 week Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Crossland CC1/Saeco Sirena
Bottom Line: Amazing performance, quality, looks, and not to mention - price. I really do not foresee any "upgraditis" coming along any time soon!
Positive Product Points

-Amazing Steam
-Up to temp in less than 10 minutes (although probably not too stable after only 10 minutes)
-$25 no burn steam wand upgrade (2 hole tip that can be interchanged with a lot of options on the market, i.e. rocket's 4 pack of tips)
-Huge water reservoir
-Awesome looks - I have the black side panels (yes they are plastic, abs i think)
-Very well built
-steam and hot water knobs turn effortlessly

Negative Product Points

-To refill the water tank you have to take off the cups on the tray warmer
-Not necessarily a negative point - but cooling flushes have been about 15 seconds for me (enough to preheat my cups)
-When the machine has been on for a half hour, the water wand stays in place, but the ball joint has a lot less friction (probably b/c of the heavier water wand)
-drip tray could be larger (i.e. wider)

Detailed Commentary

A great buy at this price. If it was $1200, then I may be tempted to pay an extra 50-150 for another machine, presumably with a better case, larger drip tray, no burn steam wands, and maybe a better refilling (or plumbed) system.

But to be able to get into a HX system that probably equals the performance of other more expensive HX machines, can't complain.

I started with a pressurized PF on a Saeco Sirena, then moved up to a CC1. Loved it, but needed to make 2-3 lattes back to back quickly in the morning so dwelled over a used Oscar for about $650. Decided I wouldn't be upgrading anytime after upgrading to a HX, so decided to get the Cuadra for $995. Compared to the Oscar for 1050 and the BDB for 1050-1200 (depending on sales), glad I saved a little money and went with this. I really like the steam power over the BDB and the 'simplier' (non high tech) design. Plus I can descale my machine if need be.

Word of caution, I find myself 'bumping' into the machine a lot when using it, and getting a quick zap of heat. The machine gets hot and there is a lot of metal...so just be warned :)

Used goo gone to remove the sticky residue left behind from the stickers.

Buying Experience

Awesome other than, apparently when you purchase a commercial machine from 1st-line.com you have to print out and sign the invoice (or warranty notice) and then either email/fax/mail it back to them before they start to process your order. Well in my case, I never received an email from 1st-line telling me about this. Order my machine in Thur, didn't hear anything on Monday, called in the afternoon and was told all of this. I never saw anything about this on their website, never got an email in my spam folder, did get a order confirmation though. Looked at the fine print and it states your order will be cancelled after 3 days if they do not receive your signed invoice back. Luckily I called and followed up.

On the plus side, once I called, they immediately emailed me the form to sign. I emailed it back, and they shipped it that day (mon). I received it on Friday (I'm in California). Please note, I had to sign for the package, so I stayed home from work to be around for UPS.

Three Month Followup

same as day 1, no issues so far

One Year Followup

same as day 1, no issues so far

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