As far as overall experience ranging from performance, style, and design I would say the Strega met and even exceeded my expectations, my only gripe is that it was derived to me with a dent right on the face, which had nothing to do with delivery, the machine comes in a box within a box with 2 layers of padding and the boxes were intact, so its kinda weird, and it put a damper on the whole thing.
the downside of the Strega is the group head thermostat, which allows the group temperature to fluctuate in a very wide range. this can lead to significant inconsistencies from shot to shot by affecting the brew temperature. other than that, i feel like this machine is great overall and i've been getting plenty of use out of it..
I have gotten at least 50 times the value from the strega. I like the strega more and more each day because it makes my life a lot easier. You won't regret it.
The Strega is a pour over, not a direct connect. But instead of a 3 bar boiler fill assist pump (like the pourover Pavoni Pub EL), this has an Ulka pump set at 11 bar blind pressure. The pump is activated by a microswitch that engages when the lever is at the cocked detente. When engaged, it offers water through the HX into the lever's cylinder. The pump noise quietens when the cylinder is filled and goes virtually silent when its pressurized. Lifting the lever off the detente kills the pump and starts the spring action.
It's a very loud machine. It is possible to do all lever shots, by cutting to lever the moment the pump quietens. It is also possible to let the pump do the first part of the shot, or all of it, and cut to lever later into the shot.
Strega was my first espresso machine, and I am still happy with it after almost 3 years. Before that, I used Nespresso to make coffee at home, so you can imagine it was a significant jump for me. It took a bit of time for me to get used to the machine and pull shots I was happy with, though I would judge them against those made at the best coffee shops. The challenge for me was that the springs appeared to put too high pressure during the extraction. For my personal taste, I found a triple basket with smaller holes worked best, with some pre-infusion time. With Strega you have the manual control over the pre-infusion time, and can pressure-profile by holding back the lever. How well and consistent you can do it depends on how easily you can learn and the time you have to practice.
|Boiler Size||2 Liters|
|Portafilter Size||58 mm|
|Tank Capacity||4 Liters|
The LeLit Anna consistently outperforms my previous espresso machine (Ascaso Duo). Love the compact dimensions, the boiler and steamer run beautifully efficiently taking little time. I was a little skeptical initially with the low pressure but have been blown away by the results, consistently great crema and a silky surface to the espresso. After a couple of months pulling 5-6 espresso's daily it's been flawless thus far. The water tank is a great size, rudimentary yet effective. I use the steamer without the outer sheath and the results (with the right milk) are fine however if coffee art is your thing, you may want something a little more. Have to say I really enjoy this espresso machine. Service from Comiso was also exceptional.
I’m very happy with the Elektra T1 that I purchased about a week ago. The consistency and the milk frothing are beyond what I expected. I was in contact with the customer service and was asking a lot of questions, and they answered everything I asked for. I can’t record enough!
Lelit Coffee Slide Spout Portafilter
I bought this machine from Cosimo, and it's been a nice upgrade from my previous Breville DuoTemp. The group heats up nicely and quick enough, steam and water are strong, and the PID temp control makes it a little more tuneable for extraction. This is my first 58mm machine as well. I'm very happy with this machine and the espresso it produces at its price point in the current US espresso machine market. The finish is also quite nice.
The reservoir could have been better engineered for making it easier to see the water level and to fill the tank, and they should have included a blind portafilter basket for backflushing. Note that water softeners are recommended in the manual but not included. It would be nice if the group were higher from the drip tray, but I can get a scale and cup under it if I use a bottomless portafilter (not included).
Awesome and well built machine. Use it to pull 2-5 shots a day. Makes for a beautiful counter piece. Excellent delivery.
good machine decently sturdy,would like it to have a little more weight to it but is very good all round
Did quite a bit of research after my old Krups lost its boiler seal. After quite a bit of comparing, I found this one to be what I would purchase. Industry standard 58mm portafilter, good steam control and an excellent finish. Took me three pulls with adjustments to my grinder to get a great cup! Bought a bottomless portafilter in order to assist in getting it right. Bottomless has a great capacity. I have absolutely no regrets about with my purchase. It was a couple of more bucks than I initially planned on spending, but the features fully justified the extra expenditure.
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This is a solid HX machine at a very competitive price point.
Lots of power-- back-to-back lattes are no problem with the MaraX.
Great features-- temperature and brew priorities you don't see in other machines at this range.
Truly fresh and tastes remarkable. Wakes me up really well in the morning!!