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Elektra Lever Machines - A1pha Geek's Review
Posted: March 24, 2009, 5:58pm
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Elektra Lever Machines
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Arrow The Elektra Lever Machines has 19 Reviews
Arrow The Elektra Lever Machines has been rated 8.93 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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Nick Kitchener 9.00
John Manzo 8.83
Bill Way 8.50
Barry Popma 8.20
Gustav Stanowitz 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.8
Manufacturer: Elektra Quality: 10
Average Price: $1,350.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $895.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: 1st line Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Asceso, several commercial espresso machines
Bottom Line: Gorgeous Machine that makes Heavenly Espresso!
Positive Product Points

Best hand pulled machine I have used.  Visually it is a true show piece.   Once you get the grind/tamp set it pulls better quality shots than most other machines.  It is a connoisseur dream machine.

Negative Product Points

1 Guests are intimidate to make their own coffee with it.  2 Parts are hard to come by. I use this machine ALOT.  I burnt out the pressure sensor, and finding a replacement took quite some time.  I tried to get one from the store I bought it from, but it was not quite the same.  Eventually a local coffee roaster tracked down the part I needed (took 4 months).  To be fair, I live in the boonies, so this might not be an issue in the city.

Detailed Commentary

I truly love this machine.  It makes amazing coffee.  Very good steam and it is surprisingly easy to use.   The hand pull looks intimidating, but Elektra's spring loaded handle makes it a piece of cake to use.  Every guest we invite into our kitchen immediately takes note of it.  The gorgeous brass and copper fixtures and Elektra's signature brass eagle on top show true craftsmanship.  

The best part of my daily ritual is firing up this machine in the morning.  It brings a smile even after 4 years of daily use.  It is aging very well.  I bought the Copper and Brass machine, it looks like a classic antique on day one, now with some (heavy) usage, it looks even better!

It is the best hand pulled machine I have used.  Visually it is a true show piece.   Once you get the grind/tamp set it pulls better quality shots than most other machines.  It is a connoisseur dream machine.

Buying Experience

Very good, 1st line shipped it directly from Italy.  excellent customer service.  I will (have) use them again.

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