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Briel Machines - Other - Daniel Goodland's Review
Posted: January 31, 2005, 3:39pm
review rating: 6.3
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Briel Espresso Machines - Other
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Arrow The Briel Machines - Other has 17 Reviews
Arrow The Briel Machines - Other has been rated 7.00 overall by our member reviewers
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Gary Rocco 8.50
Todd DeYoung 8.00
Mike Dahlor 7.66
Thomas Down 7.40
Greg Keough 7.16

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 6.8
Product Reviewed: Chamonix
Manufacturer: Briel Quality: 6
Average Price: Varies Usability: 7
Price Paid: $60.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: EBay Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 years Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Like renting an apartment, fun for a while but eventually you want to invest in something valuable.
Positive Product Points

Easy to use and a great looking machine.
Deep drip tray.
Water filter.

Negative Product Points

Preasurized porta-filter basket.
Steam wand frothing attachment.
Mostly plastic.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this machine after owning a Mr. Coffee steam espresso machine.  I bought it off of Ebay, and paid only 60.00$.  Moving up from a steam machine was a big difference.  I enjoyed making "real" espresso and fixing drinks.  My only complaints were the pressurized porta-filter basket and steam wand attachment.  I have since upgraded the porta-filter basket to double shot replacement basket made for the Solis SL-70.  It works great and will accept a very fine grind.  Now all I need is a tamper that will fit correctly.  I love this machine, but not because it is incredibly great.  If I had paid more than I did I would have felt cheated.  I love the machine because it will be instrumental in helping me chose my next, something all metal with no frothing attachments or a pressurized porta-filter basket.  Probable the Ranchillo Silvia.  I have a Solis Maestro Grinder and it works great.

The machine includes a timing circuit, that stops the extraction itself.  but I never really used it.  I prefer to stop extraction myself.

Buying Experience

Great, I bought it off of Ebay.

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