This home machine is built to lifetime standards, heavy, robust, competent. Although it has no built in grinder, and the portafilter unit gets far too hat to handle. It's a good looking machine; reminder of being in a small steam locomotive. Unfortunately, it takes almost 15 minutes to heat up and produce espresso.
The espresso product is like all good espresso machines, dependent on fresh grinds, the correct fineness, and "packing" that is just right. Its a very handsome addition to one's kitchen shelf. Is it worth $2000???---That depends entirely on your personal budget and enjoyment of a bit of institutional art.
I've been making espressos and cappuccinos at home for 40 years, following the purchase path over the years from the simple to the more sophisticated (and expensive). My ten year old E61 machine suffered a serious malfunction and after exploring my options I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a new machine. Did I need PID? No, I'm dialed in by experience. Did I need a double boiler? No, I'm rarely making a large batch of drinks? Did I need a rotary pump? I'm not plumbed and can't feasibly do so. Would I like a machine that had all the features of my Fiorenzato Volante and is better made, quieter, and with a smaller footprint? Yes! I've had the ECM Mechanika for three days and already feel the love, so much so that I can't wait to get up in the morning and fire it up. Speaking of which, it comes to temperature faster than my old E61, possibly due to the insulated boiler. It's much quieter and consistently pulls shots within a degree or two of expectation. BTW, you won't find a nicer place to purchase this than right here at Comiso.com. I'm in NYC, had never heard of this company, but their 5% discount is unmatched and the people who pick up the phone when you call are super helpful.
|Boiler Size||2.2 Liters|
|Portafilter Size||58 mm|
|Tank Capacity||3 Liters|
Lelit Bianca Espresso Machine
Easy to clean triple basket fits with Ascaso steel duo PID
Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine
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!!
Great Customer Service and after sale help. Both the new Rancilio Silva and Eureka Mignon XL are performing as expected1. Fab!!
Makes the best espressos to date in my Microcasa Semiautomatica!
bought this machine after wanting to dump a Nespresso machine that we've had for 10 years (yes 10 years). What a waste of 10 years. As someone who loves Espresso but does not want to go down the rabbit hole of double boilers, beautiful machines, exact timed shot, etc but just wants a good espresso machine that looks good and keeps giving consistent coffee day in and day out then this is the machine for you! Can't recommend it enough!
This is for the Rancilio Silvia Pro X
I upgraded to this machine after 10 years pulling shots every day on my gently modded Gaggia Classic. The dual pid dual boiler set up is great. No more temp surfing, and truly excellent steam pressure and pro quality steam wand have immediately enhanced my mourning routine. Gripes so far: hot water from the steam boiler produces about 2-3 oz before sputtering a mix of steam and water out of the spout. This means making a 6-8 oz americano (total volume) requires letting the steam boiler refill and reheat. Not a very big deal but I was hoping for enough on-demand hot water to make a cup of tea/americano more easily. Drip tray is small as everyone has pointed out. The group head flush function is great (hold down brew button for a few seconds to rinse group head) but it only runs ~1.5oz through and doesn’t appear to be adjustable, so I find it takes a couple of flushes for the water to run clear after pulling a shot, at which point you might as well hit the brew button and run a phantom shot. Last complaint is that the machine has an auto wake-up setting but you have to set it every night. A bit lame. Small complaints.
Shots have been very good, but I do need to upgrade to a stepless grinder. My Gaggia MDF is too fine on #1 and too course on #2. Looking to pull the trigger on a new one soon and move my whole Gaggia setup to my office.
Overall very impressive build quality and the dual pid takes so much variability out of the process that shots are much more consistent and off flavors from overheating are non existent. The variable soft infusion is a nice feature, and in general I really like the simple function menu and features. I’m very happy with the purchase and am confident when I have it fully dialed in the shots will be far superior to the already very good shots I had learned to pull on the Gaggia. It feels like this machine is capable of pulling shots across a range of roasts and origins where the Gaggia was best in the more traditional dark espresso roasts. We’ll done Rancilio, thank you for the dual pid dual boiler in the classic package at a reasonable price.
I adore my new Lelit expresso machine. The coffee is fabulous and the steamer works better than other reviews led me to believe. It’s a solid machine and the size is perfect for my tiny kitchen!
This Lelit Anna replaced my Rancilio Silvia that I ran daily for the last 18 years, (bought it used so it was 20+ years old), The Anna is a machine that I am still learning to use. It is a more precise machine than my old battle tank Silvia. Ms. Silvia knocked out 2 doubles every morning like clockwork, 6-minute warmup, flawless steaming. Anna takes longer to heat up, but it’s on a timer so that is not an issue. The PID on the Anna is great! Anna’s a nicer looking machine and easier to fill and clean. Pressure is somewhat disappointing. Regardless of grind or blend, extraction is steady at 8.5 bars. Mostly the gauge just signals the true start of extraction, and then it’s a matter of watching the pull develop. Steaming milk takes longer, getting to the right texture and then throttle back to the final temperature. Just for laughs, I tried a finer grind and used the pod filter for a 16g double shot. This produced the best crema I’ve had to date. I’m thinking of getting a bottomless portafilter to explore this further. Do get a steel 57mm tamper or similar as leveling and light tamping is inconsistent with the plastic tamp included with the Anna. Unlike the Silvia, you can't consistently get the right distribution and tamp from locking tightness against the diffuser screen.
So, in summary, I’m not there yet, but I’m certain that when I get the hang of the Anna and the other accessories, it will not fail to satisfy me. I would definitely recommend this machine, and be patient with it.
So far it is performing well with consistent results
The order was filled and delivered quickly. The bottomless portafilter was a perfect fit.
Best value single boiler out there. Comiso took great care of me, very happy. Life is better with a home espresso bar!