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There are times when one wants the best espresso extraction without hesitating to what is involved to install a quality espresso machine and without hesitating to learn the skills needed to make it happen. Well, after setting up this machine, using the appropriate commercial grade grinder, and refining our skills, you, like we did, may see every other espresso machine as inadequate!The reason is the flavor profiles offered by the Strega line are extraordinary!We, at 1st-line, do sell coffee beans that we do not personally like, but our customers very much love. After experimenting with many different blends of coffee, we were amazed in the quality of the cup on the beans we normally do not like! This spoke volumes about the Strega.The only downside was the lever requires some muscle! The lever is pushed down against a spring until the lever locks into position. After locking and after the bottom rim of the demitasse cup is covered with espresso, the lever needs to be disengaged from the locked position, and the spring will push the lever up. If the grind is too coarse, the lever will come up too fast. If there is no coffee in the basket or the portafilter is missing, this lever will snap upwards. We warn you that the lever can cause personal injury to your face or eye socket. BE CAREFUL NOT TO PLACE YOUR FACE IN FRONT OF THE LEVER AT ANY TIME!Have more interest? Read a third party review of this machine.
John F on 2/19/2014 8:43:45 PM
Review: First-off, kudos to Jim & Diane & crew! This is my 2nd Bezzera from 1st-Line, (1st was the BZ07 DE) & the service is great! Jim walked me through startup and testing the Strega without hesitation, and man! This thing does pull a memorable shot! My in-house espresso blends have taken-on a whole new shine! Steam is phenomenal, the pump is quiet, and For what you get out the spout(s) it's not really that much more work than a standard HX. I downed my first 4 shots straight off the draw, during dial... More details
Owned for: Less than 1 month
Would I buy this item again?: Yes
Robert W on 12/26/2013 1:33:38 PM
State: New Jersey
Review: Almost one year and +500 shots later it is the best! Use daily in my office. Have super automatic for 5 years at home and now really love going to work. Love Bezzera so much that I will be buying another to replace my super automatic at home. BTW, I'm also a trained Barista, so this is a strong recommendation, best machine, if you're willing to put the time in to run it.
Owned for: ~7-12 months
"Exceptional Espresso with no effort"
Abraham C on 5/30/2013 11:41:30 AM
State: New York
Review: This spring loaded lever machine with a pump to fill up the piston chamber is the best of both worlds. It pulls the best shots I've had from any espresso machine and the pump gives great versatility for pre-infusion pressure. Once pre-infused, the spring determines the extraction pressure profile and its gently declining pressure produces fantastic straight shots. For milk drink lovers, it steams like a freight train, and you can create velvety micro-bubble cappuccino in less than 10 seconds. Th... More details
Owned for: ~1-3 months