I was looking for a machine that would not have me upgrading in a few years. The Andreja Premium is a machine that will not induce upgrade fever any time soon.
Positive Product Points
beautiful stainless steel finish. overall fit and finish top notch.
large volume drip tray that slides out the front. Easy to dump and clean.
group pressure gauge is a valuable tool for improving technique.
insulated boiler - less heat loss = less energy /waste.
no burn steaming wand lets you hold onto the wand while steaming milk - great for exact control of steaming wand depth for that perfect micro foam.
steam for days!
Negative Product Points
There really isnt much to dislike about this machine:
I'd say the main thing I have learned is that the machine might be just a bit fussy. The group pressure guage is a window into how consistent (or not) my grind/dose/tamp technique is. After 3 months of owning this machine I still see shots come out at 8.0 to 8.5, then the next shot might spike up to 11. The group pressure gauge is helping me learn my technique - but I would not say this has been easy. Perhaps that is not the machine and more me!
Access to the internals of this machine is not the easiest: The entire shell comes off as one piece after the removal of way too many screws. This is probably a minor issue for most people as long as you never need to get inside, or don't plan on tweaking and adjusting. If you're the tinkering type it's a small hassle to get it opened up.
I finally succumbed to upgrade fever and started this search for a prosumer espresso machine about 6 months ago. I have been using stove top moka pots for years and finally decided to step up.
Someone turned me on to coffeegeek, and there I learned about Chris Coffee. Based on all the knowledge and feedback from so many people here at CG, I thought I had my mind made up on the Isomac Millennium. I placed a call to Chris Coffee and then my education began! The Quick Mill Andreja Premium is custom built for Chris Coffee with all the various upgrades that eventually get performed on many other machines after some years of use. This was very attractive to me – no excuse for upgrade fever a year later. The Andreja has raised my espresso skills 10 fold, and the ability to pull shots and steam milk at the same time is a godsend for the busy morning getting ready for work.
100% satisfied with the service and support I received from Chris Coffee. My machine had a little hiccup after only 2 weeks of flawless service and the service department at Chris Coffee walked me through troubleshooting the fix and saved me having to ship the machine from Oregon to New York - which made me one happy customer to say the least!