If the apocalypse comes tomorrow and the last of us are underground hold up, my 1st question: "do you have an Andreja?"..."no?!.....check please!"
Positive Product Points
A Solid Machine out of the box Screams:"I WANT TO MAKE THE BEST ESPRESSO YOU EVER HAD!" Quality & Form is that of ART Not One Single Problem in 2 years Did I mention what she SCREAMS?!
Negative Product Points
Its Darn near $2000 dollars Cost more than some countries total GDP She is not a quiet beast
So I refused to write a review until I had experienced fully the measures of this machine. After 2 years, here is my feedback. First, I must tell you 2 years ago I was a 7/11 coffee drinking fiend. That was my idea of good coffee(half burnt drip coffee, half flavored creamer, YUM) Till one day I read an article on the essence of espresso. This article went on to claim that good espresso was actually sweet and related notes to the sipper. Sweet?!?! but all the espresso shots I begrudgingly forced down tasted like burnt mustache juice. How could this be and could it really be true...sweet?!?! My research began... For 3 months I read and read and read everything I could find on coffee, and more specific...my new found world and soon to be friend: Espresso. Like an italian friend who just schooled me on the fact that the world doesn't end at the atlantic, my eyes were open my mind was hungry for info. I lived on this very site for most of the 3 months lurking in the customer review shadows, dissecting reviews: forming my mental cliff notes. To break this down, when I first started my budget for a "high end" machine...was a whopping 149$ I was gonna splurge (hahah ahhh the innocence) I happened to stumble upon an add for Gaggia worth 899$. thought wow this must be the machine the rich and famous use. I pressed on it was so enveloping and hypnotizing. I read until my eyes hurt everyday. Thankfully we were in a downtime at work because otherwise my job would have lost 3 months out of this worker. Finally after much agonizing turmoil I settled on Andreja who I have affectionately come to know as 'Annie'. Out the box she was big, she was beautiful she was MINE! Never knew I had a hankering for the BBW or is it BBMachine. When I called Chris Coffee I made my situation plain: If this machine is not worth it and my wife finds out its quite likely I will be divorced. I was assured this machine was worth the risk! And after 2 years I must say..Honey you can HAVE THE HOUSE, KIDS, CARS and INVESTMENT ACCOUNT...Just leave me Annie I beg You! Honestly, when we have guest the comments have ranged from: "Good Lord this machine is beautiful!" to "OMG what is this beastly beauty!" I smile and say this is ANNIE! Yes the warm up time is worth it (about35-40min) yes the cleaning rituals are worth it, the flushing, the soaking the filters. Regular maintenance has afforded me zero issues besides replacing the o ring on the group head after 1 1/2 years. Simple cheap replacement from the wear and tear of great espresso. The exterior is amazing truly a work of art. Be warned this machine is not small. It will be the conversation piece when anyone enters the room. I still to this day will sip my espresso and just look at her...the curves the temp light periodically turning on and off between warms. She is a spicy Italiano! Molto Bene. Would I order her again? YES! Would I order her again from Chris' Coffee? YES (Amazing knowledgable staff that wants to help (not a paid actor)) paired this with my amazing Baratza Vario and Bam! Welcome to 'Cafe Lowphat!' The Dr. recommendation: save your scratch, and plunk it down for the last machine you may potentially ever by. PS I advised my progeny to act right in life and the could potentially get whats behind door #2!
Chris Coffee...'nuff said.
Packed like an italian meatball sub from little italy in NY. Mary was great!(almost asked her to marry me)