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Isomac Tea - Blazej Mrozinski's Review
Posted: February 7, 2008, 6:16am
review rating: 8.7
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Arrow The Isomac Tea has 66 Reviews
Arrow The Isomac Tea has been rated 9.09 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.
Name Ranking
Peter Bigone 10.00
Jim R. 9.26
James Schulman 9.17
Ton Boom 9.00
Blazej Mrozinski 8.67

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.2
Manufacturer: Isomac Quality: 8
Average Price: $1,649.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $1,200.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: ebay.de Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: I can totally recommend it to anybody considering an upgrade. If you can afford some more $ pass the Silva and grab an Isomac
Positive Product Points

The Isomac is an upgrade from my old Gaggia Paros - and honestly - it's a huge step!
Machine is easy to operate, e-61 group head gives you a wonderful temperature stability and of course two manometers simply rock :)

Negative Product Points

It's been already said somewhere - even having a 3 liter water tank, with flushing the group head before each extraction you end up short of water and need to refill all the time.
Have to be very careful with a VERY HOT group head.

Detailed Commentary

I'm using it for just two weeks, so probably there is a lot to learn about it, but so far I'm very happy with the purchase.
Also today I made my first movie with the Isomac operating (and a mazzer mini e with it) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO2cN2_7ajU   (obviously i tamped too hard or grinded to fine, since the extraction took 1 minute, but hey... it's the beginning). I can totally recommend it to anybody considering an upgrade. If you can afford some more $ pass the Silva and grab an Isomac.

Buying Experience

Bought this machine on german e-bay from drkhendrix and can totally recommend it. European shipment was ultra fast and the price very good.

Three Month Followup

It's been 3 months since the Tea II shines in my kitchen, making me happy every morning I turn it on.
I've added a digital thermometer (from Eric), since than shots became quite consistent, even not paying much attention to brewing procedure (especially in the morning).

Pros after 3months of use:
- shiny beautiful construction ;)
- ease of use, ease of getting decent ristrettos
- two manometers, providing almost a full control over the process of brewing
- ease in PST adjust

Cons:
- still I think, that a 3L water tank should be bigger,
- OPV could be adjusted easier,
- used water reservoir could be better fitted in the machine - 2-3mm empty spaces on both sides, make me crazy (especially with the current price)

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