If you can pony up for this baby, you won't be disappointed. This unit can handle your household and any crowd.
Positive Product Points
Top quality build product Beautiful design Easy to understand and use right out of the box Makes an awesome shot of espresso again and again
Negative Product Points
A bit pricey, but frankly worth it. Takes some daily maintenance to keep it perfect. Makes you an instant espresso snob.
I bought my S1 after some extensive research and advice from some of the best in the business. I have no experience with espresso and I was intimidated by all of the science behind the art of coffee. I either underestimated my abilities, or bought the best machine available, because I am pulling the most awesome espresso shots right in my own kitchen.
I wanted a machine that could handle a house full of guests and not let me down. I settled on this double boiler unit for its quick recovery times. I received my machine and grinder just in time for my big superbowl party and brought in a couple of gals from a local barista to coffee bar tend. No disrespect to Peyton Manning, but the S1 was definately voted the SuperBowl MVP at my party. It handled my crowd of 60 without a whimper. I am very impressed with this machine and received lots of compliments on the coffee bar.
It seems my daily needs will create no problem for this beast. I can froth milk like a pro and with a good roast, can match or even outperform our local coffee shops.
My thanks to the great folks at Chris' Coffee for all of thier help.