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Krups Novo Series - Peter Hoang's Review
Posted: March 15, 2005, 7:34am
review rating: 7.2
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Bob Kim 8.67
Paul Newman 8.33
Mike Foster 8.00
Mark Edwards 8.00
Derek Hobbis 7.66

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.0
Product Reviewed: Novo3000
Manufacturer: Krups Quality: 6
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $200.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Bed Bizzle and Beyond Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 1 year Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: SEXY ESPRESSO IS POSSIBLE!! and when i say sexy I mean tasty
Positive Product Points

You can make the portafilter into a bottomless HOLLA!!

Negative Product Points

-Group head is made for Pods.
-Portafilter has plastic spouts
-Baskets are Pressurized
-Cup warmer will take about 3 days to heat a demitasse cup (joke)

.. no 3 way valve
no pressure gauge
no commercial group head
no heavy duty portafilter
no heat exchanger
no commerical steam power......

Detailed Commentary

This machine is probably intended for Coffee Geeks who spent there life savings on their grinder and cannot afford to buy a machine over 250.. LOL!

I've read a lot of reviews of this machine, and almost all of them are negative.  Let me tell you... don't believe everything you read.  Those guys probably were drinking "espresso-style" coffee using pressurized baskets.   They probably wern't leveling and tamping correctly either.  Probably using old stale starbucks beans too( if not then pods). They probably let the machine heat up for a minute before they brew.  And they grinded the nasty beans using a blender. =)

Get 53mm unpressurized baskets
Get a Rancilio Rocky or Better (Mazzer)
Get some fresh beans
You better know how to dose, level, and tamp and be consistent
Temp surf to get optimum sexy temperature
Brew espresso in a preheated cup (use your microwave)

Anyway, to get optimum temperature:
I let the machine heat up for awhile (20 min+)  [or you can cheat it like Rancilio Silvia]
Run water out of the group head
switch to steam mode for 15 secs
lock the portafilter and brew

Okay lets be serious here.  I've had this machine for almost a year now.  At first, when I was uneducated, this machine frustrated the hell out of me because I was getting sour espresso and steaming milk for 2 minutes.  If KRUPS is hosting barista competitions and giving these machines away as prizes, it should beable to do something right??  Lo and Behold, after much studying from this website and hands on trial and error, I started to love this machine.  I only drink espresso, macchiatos, or caps, and this machine is perfect for those.  Would I buy this machine again?  Probably not.  However, like I said before, I made shots from this machine comparable to  Nuova Simonelli Program VIP 3 group commercial machine.  NO JOKE.  I honestly think this machine is a good budget machine to work with.  But don't get it twisted-- you will undoubtedly upgrade.

If you just blew your savings buying that sexy grinder and you have no machine to accompany your new love, this machine is for you.  If you are pretty serious about getting this machine (until you finish saving up for the La Marzocco Linea 1 group) you can email me at Pe_tah@yahoo.com for any questions.

Buying Experience

It was rather sexy

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