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Spidem Trevi Combi Plus - Beat Nik's Review
Posted: July 30, 2006, 8:58pm
review rating: 6.0
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Spidem Trevi Combi Plus
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Arrow The Spidem Trevi Combi Plus has 9 Reviews
Arrow The Spidem Trevi Combi Plus has been rated 7.51 overall by our member reviewers
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Name Ranking
P M 7.66
Cheryl Beadle 7.16
Gregary Langbecker 6.50
Greg Gibbons 6.25
Beat Nik 6.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.4
Manufacturer: Spidem Quality: 7
Average Price: $299.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $250.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: EuroSelect Aesthetics 5
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Various Espresso Machines
Bottom Line: Great Espresso Machine without having to spend the big bucks- why not?
Positive Product Points

I've had this unit 4 years and it still works!    This unit produces a good shot of espresso that's on par with other more expensive units..   The grinder has consistently worked with no problems.  In all this unit is like an Espresso-Tank.

The steaming is adequate for 1 - 2 lattes.

Negative Product Points

Well first of all the plastic is sort of cheap but who cares... the espresso is good.  Some of the grinds do indeed scatter around the unit but for the most part this isn't a big issue.  The steaming is adequate but nothing to jump up and down about.  Wish it had two boilers- one for espresso the other for steam.

Note- if you use too fine of a grind in the basket, your machine may not let the H20 flow through.    Stick with grinding settings 4- 6.  Also use moderate tamping.  The portafilter actually ensures you get good espresso.

Detailed Commentary

I've owned this unit for 4 going on 5 years and it's worked consistently.  I've never had a breakdown or malfunction that I can remember.  If you clean the descale the unit on a monthly basis you won't have any problems with it.   The majority of espresso machine failures revolves around lack of preventive maintenance (i.e. not descaling on a monthly basis).  

About 1 year ago I replaced this unit with a SuperAutomatic..... a real expensive one.   I thought for sure this costly machine would kick the a#! of the Trevi but it never did.  I fiddled with every setting, different coffees,  and it never made espresso like the Trevi.  So long story short, my old Trevi is back from the garage and the SuperAutomatic is going on eBay.

I see these units on eBay these days going for ~$100 or so.  This is a steal.

Buying Experience

EuroSelect was fine.

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