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Elektra Lever Machines - Richard Spindler's Review
Posted: April 4, 2005, 1:34am
review rating: 5.4
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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: 9.2
Manufacturer: Elektra Quality: 9
Average Price: $1,350.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $600.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Barnies Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: An extremely beautiful expresso machine of a classic type which makes great coffee with style!
Positive Product Points

Makes great expresso! A gorgeous machine with wonderful "fit and finish." Brass and copper construction doesn't rust or deteriorate.

Negative Product Points

Not insulated, so that the side of the machine can burn you; cools rapidly when turned off for the same reason.

Detailed Commentary

The Elektra Micro Casa machines are real thoroughbreds. Beautifully designed and completely functional.

I've had mine for almost five years and use it several times a week. It shows no signs of wear. The mechanism is completely manual, so to make the best expresso from it requires a bit of learning and experimentation. A good tamper is essential to produce the correct strength of coffee and consistent results. The "hands on" process feels good, though -- more satisfying than just pushing a button!

There is another side to the manual, lever-action, construction of this machine; that is its simplicity. The construction is almost "fail-safe" since there are no timers, solenoids, microswitches, bells or whistles to malfunction. Push the lever, open the valve, extract the coffee. That simple. That reliable!

I am extremely happy with mine, as my ratings reflect. A thing of beauty and a joy for the foreseeable future!

Buying Experience

I purchased mine from a friend who was owner of a Barnies, so I got special treatment. In general, though, I have had good luck with Barnies purchases, and good customer service.

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