Not for everyone, starting to Wish I had went for a commercial unit with double boilers
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In my dealings with Pasquini, I rate their customer customer service very poor.
Not quit as good as many of the other reviews rave
Portafilter has to be forced around to past right of center to get drip tubes to line up with cups, (as per verbal instructions from Pasquini) requiring both hands. One to hold the machine and one to crank on the handle.
Brewing temp very unstable, boiler and heat exchanger need to be a little larger.
A nice looking machine and overall construction appears to be excellent and definitly of commercial quality, mine has a serious problem with the portafilter. Snug according to the directions in the book and the handle is left of center and it is hard to position both cups to catch the coffee. Forceing it to the right of center as instructed by Guy Pasquini and it takes a strong left arm and both hands to install and remove the thing. Brewing temp is very unstable and takes some work to keep from getting those randome cups that taste either burnt or bitter. As it comes shipped, if you do not draw off 1 - 1 1 /2 ounces of water just before installing the portafilter, the extraction temp starts at about 210 degress and will drop to below 180 with a 25 second 2 1/2 ounce extraction (this is with the portafilter well preheated). If you draw off the first ounce or so, it starts at about 199 and drops below 175. I find that by raising the pressure to 1.4 bar and drawing off 1 1/2 ounces of water immediately before installing the portafilter and limit the extraction to 2 ounces in 25 seconds it starts at 202 - 203 degrees will only drop to 199 - 200. If I try to extract 2 1/2 ounce it drops to 194. Do not even think about trying to extract three ounces with any setting. Draw about 1 3/4 ounces and it will start at 200 and drop to 195. Forget the 10 minute warm up, It takes a good 20 minutes is you want anything close to a stable extraction. So, it takes some finese to get stable extraction temps. I understand this is not uncommon with units using heat exchangers and this is a home unit and not a commercial unit but I think it should do a little better than it does when it is claimed to be a semi-commercial unit.