Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Northamptonshire UK
    Posts
    7

    Dualit Espressivo

    Hi Guys,
    Has anyone used or heard any reviews of the Dualit Espressivo?
    thanks guys.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Central North Carolina
    Posts
    1,479
    Judging by their home page it looks to be a beginner machine. Thermobloc heating can be quite effective/efficient when applied properly. Not sure how they accomplish the "automatic purge" feature as it implies there is no wait time to go from steaming to brewing. Pay no attention to the 40 second warm up time as NO machine will truly be ready that fast. I'm sure the thermobloc heats up rapidly, but the rest of the machine will take some time or it will consume most of the initial brew heat. Same goes for the 15 bar pump pressure... not relative.

    This Dualit is comparable to the machines offered by Capresso, DeLonghi, Cuisinart, etc. Some people will suggest a different brewing method instead of "settling" for a beginner machine OR waiting/saving for a higher grade espresso machine. We all start somewhere. My first espresso machine was a used Capresso BAR351. Made for a good foundation and allowed me to tweak every single variable to maximize potential from it until I felt ready to move on. I've seen time and time again somebody shells out thousands of $ for very good equipment only to become disgusted in a short period of time. Many think having top tier equipment will guarantee great espresso, but that is far from the truth. Some people never acquire a taste for espresso regardless of the quality/consistency.

    Of course some will disagree with my suggestion(s), but I really could care less as we all have opinions. There really is no right/wrong, just what YOU like.
    I'm a legend among my own kind... you my friend are just a legend in your own mind. Later!

  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Northamptonshire UK
    Posts
    7
    Hi shadow745,
    I am a beginner looking for a machine that can help me improve my skills in making coffee. I simply don't have enough money for a more expensive machine. I really enjoy coffee and I have tried pod coffees but that was way too sweet for me and felt tasteless. I sometimes drink coffee from Costa but I always think it has something missing. IMO it doesnt have enough coffee in it. it seems like most of it is foam.
    So would you recommend me the Capresso BAR351??

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Central North Carolina
    Posts
    1,479
    Well that model of Capresso was out years ago. Was just using it as a reference for how I started out. For low end I would suggest the Gaggia machines.
    I'm a legend among my own kind... you my friend are just a legend in your own mind. Later!

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Northamptonshire UK
    Posts
    7
    any certain model of Gaggia?? for me a milk frother is a must because im a big fan of cappuccino

  6. #6
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Northamptonshire UK
    Posts
    7
    BTW I would like to grind my own coffee at home. Do you have any recommendations for a beginner coffee grinder?? I have heard that "burr" is the way to go

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Central North Carolina
    Posts
    1,479
    Will be out for a bit and will reply with more detail later on today.
    I'm a legend among my own kind... you my friend are just a legend in your own mind. Later!

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Central North Carolina
    Posts
    1,479
    Quote Originally Posted by LittleHobbit View Post
    any certain model of Gaggia?? for me a milk frother is a must because im a big fan of cappuccino
    Not sure if the cheaper models use the stainless boiler w/internal element. Older Gaggias used the same aluminum boiler w/external elements and a brass group. Since Saeco took over Gaggia some time ago some models use their latest stainless version boiler. Don't know how it affects performance.

    If you must keep the budget low and have a good grinder I would recommend a hand grinder. Some are quite good for espresso range if you don't mind a bit of effort. I have a 50+ year old KyM hand mill with tool steel conical burrs and it grinds on par with my Vario.
    I'm a legend among my own kind... you my friend are just a legend in your own mind. Later!

 

 

Remove Ads

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •