Since commercial espresso machines are
staggeringly expensive, and the Andreja
home machine priced over a grand is in once sense ... inexpensive! Most
commercial machines are twice that much. But what am I saying? ... that's
a lot to spend on a home espresso machine!
But life is too short for bad espresso.
For the price of 2 good home machines that are good quality,
have excuses and "yeah, buts" in the description, here's a
machine to last a decade or two. Unlike mid-range machines that need tinkering
to squeeze out a good shot, the Andreja fires them out easily, and heck you
can steam your milk at the same time!
The feel of using this machine is hard to describe.
It's for the real home barista. The coffee handles (you get 2 complete
ones), the steam wands, the shut-off controls, the pull-lever on-off;
they all feel great. It's something you realize the first the you fire
it up. Speaking of that, this (like all commercial machines) really needs
a good 30 minutes to warm up. Home machines that claim to be ready in
5 minutes never are. With the Andreja, the water is ready in 10 but the
machine isn't really hot. Good news ... if the tank's full you
can always turn it on the night before. Andreja is a no-worry tool -
it's made to stay on, if need be.
(to top of rail)
(without cup rail)
Andreja special features:
(Keeps your kitchen cooler and saves electricity.)
Best quality vacuum breaker valve.
(No vapor lock problems with this valve if you want to put machine on a timer.)
Large capacity drip tray.
(More capacity than Giottos and equal to Isomacs.)
Available direct connect includes everything you need.
(Well thought out for easy install includes regulator and pressure gauge.)
Best quality expansion valve on the market today.
(Very easy to make precise adjustments, Isomacs are very sensitive to minor
52 Watt Ulka pump with brass ends.
(Not 41 Watt and no plastic ends that tend to loosen up.)
Premium quality commercial grade steam and hot water valves.
(The valves do not seat by compression and therefore don't wear out. They can
also be easily repaired by replacing a couple O-rings if needed.)
"No Burn" swivel Stainless Steel steam arm.
(Same as the Giotto Premium - simply put they are the best!)
Precise magnetic switch controls water tank level.
(No more springs and micro switch controlled by the weight of the water.)
Dual gauges, one for boiler pressure and one for group pressure.
(People would tell me they liked the looks of the Millenium but they wanted dual
Resettable hi-limit to protect your heating element.
(No fusible link that has to be replaced, just push down and it's reset.)
Access port to pressure stat for easy adjustment.
(Not necessary to remove the machine cover to adjust stat.)
Much easier to remove outer shell for service than many other machines.
(This was especially a problem for us with the Isomac Millenium.)
Power indicator stays on and heater lighs go off when water is needed.
gives no indication and Isomac turns the machine off completely.)