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Briel Lido Espresso Machine - Joel Stevens's Review
Posted: December 8, 2000, 12:54am
review rating: 6.0
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Briel Lido Espresso Machine
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Arrow The Briel Lido Espresso Machine has 15 Reviews
Arrow The Briel Lido Espresso Machine has been rated 5.81 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Andy Panda 10.00
Skip Thomsen 6.60
Lane Wilkins 6.33
Kevin Johnson 6.00
Joel Stevens 6.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.2
Manufacturer: Briel Quality: 6
Average Price: $130.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: Aesthetics 4
Owned for: 1 year Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: By for occasional use only
Positive Product Points

Cheap and will make espresso with crema.

Negative Product Points

Cheap, Wore out quickly.  Not tall enough to get anything taller than a very short shot glass under the Portafilter.  Steam device hard to clean.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this on sale for $70 as a stopgap when my 10 year old Krupps Espresso Plus (pre Novo) wore out.  I had to replace the back pressure valve in 6 months, and the machine was basically toast in 10 months of 2 cups a day.  The portafilter can‘t be cleaned well, and the steam lance has a funky gadget on the end that is hard to clean.  A 2 oz shot glass won‘t fit under the Filter, and neither will my double shot cups.
Note my Starbuck Barista looks like new after 12 months of the same use.

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