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on 9 February 2009
Very impressed by this machine. I know it's only a baby machine and the real McCoy is a cafe-sized beastie that's on all day etc but this really does what it says - makes beautiful coffee! It does produce a wonderful expresso - good crema - hot enough and very quick. Downside is that it needs the thermoblock element to get the instant heat plus a noisy pump. I've used it a lot to produce expressos, barraquitos, cortados, lattes and cappuchinos . . . it IS a bit of messing about but then that's what making good food is. I have the Dualit burr grinder alongside and I even roast my beans. Another odd thing is that the afterwards is a bit messy - normally the used grinds are dry and you can tap them out but this machine leaves rather a soup behind - OK if you intend to wash them down the sink but not ideal for the knock box. Not sure if you can leave it on for ages but it does take ages to heat up the top plate but that's a nice feature - a hot plate to warm the cups, splendid. All in all, very worthwhile & I would recommend it.
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on 2 February 2011
Having owned 5 coffee makers I decided to buy this more expensive model and was so disappointed. It looks the part but that's where it ends. Luke warm coffee, poor froth and a control knob that was so stiff that I pulled a muscle in my shoulder trying to turn it. Have returned the machine and bought a Delonghi for a third of the price.
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on 30 December 2012
Makes a lovely coffee. Great with it's hot milk frother, but if you add cold milk may need to zap it in the Microwave for it to be hot enough. Still love it though.
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on 12 January 2013
Dualit looks good but hates hard water areas. Milk frothier blocked in 6 months and despite using descalers could not get to work, currently used for expresses.
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on 12 April 2010
The sale described this as having blemishes on the product, however, when opened and checked there wasn't anything on the machine - so better than described! It came at a much lower price too, so more than happy all round.

The machines very easy to use, and starts the day with a brilliant cuppa! Should've bought one of these ages ago.
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on 2 November 2009
Plus - Makes very good coffee.
Neg - Very noisy. Vibrates cups off the drip tray. Sloppy grouts make knock box redundant so grouts messy to dispose of.

Dualit 84202 Espressivo Coffee Maker
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on 10 October 2009
I have had this machine a few weeks now. I read all the reviews here and elsewhere and bought it knowing about it short-commings. The bad reviews are based on fact and so are the good ones it depends how you weight it.

This machine make great coffee and the water tank heats up very quickly. The instructions recommend that you run a cups worth of water through the system to pre-heat all the parts and this seems to help speed up the warming of the cup warmer as well.

Yes it is relatively noisy (about the same as a kettle) and also vibrates, rattling cups will also add to the noise but you can hold them.
The steam wand is good and in steam mode the machines noise changes to a chug chug sound which I think is great. What I would say is that its worth picking up a milk thermometer so you can actually see how long you need to keep the jug under the nozzle. Amazon have one which is very good Kitchen Craft Stainless Steel Milk Frothing Thermometer, Carded Using this will give you perfect results every time. BTW don't bother with the rubber boot on the end of the steam wand, use the wand on its own, it's easier to use and easier to clean.

So should you buy this model? Well after a few weeks of ownership I would say yes. The noise/vibration thing that everyone goes on about I accept as part of the coffee making process which only last a few seconds anyway (the time it takes to fill your cup, the rest of the time its silent) It looks good and is easy to clean and most importantly I think is worth the price. Can you get better machines? Yes, but you will be paying a lot more money, will you get a much better machine for all that extra cash? Probably not.

I have now owned this machine for 6 months and I would make the additional observations that clarify other peoples criticisms (I think):-

Grind size is important and will make a difference to how the machine performs; for anyone finding that the machine blocks up after pumping with no coffee coming out and then can't release the filter basket this is for you, the grind size is too small you need to change it.

For anyone getting burnt or bitter tasting coffee you have tamped the coffee down too hard in the filter basket. Experiment with different pressures and spin the tamper a quarter of a turn on the coffee to finish the tamping you will find improvements and eventually when you get it right good tasting coffee. Bear in mind this will change with grind size and coffee type so you need to practise.

After you have turned off the coffee/steam valve wait until you hear a whooshing sound come from the machine before you switch off the power (this is the machine releasing the pressure). This will help stop drips, but guess what? The drip tray is there to catch the drips, yes you do have to empty it sometimes and probably clean it too duh.

As I mentioned before you do have to warm everything up before you get hot results but you only need to do this by passing hot water (no coffee) through the system as soon as the temperature light goes out (after few seconds). If you just leave the machine on to get hot it adds to the sticky control knob problem but this only shows up if a) you leave it switched on for a long time or b) use it several times one after the other. Yes it is a design fault but in normal day to day use it shouldn't affect you.

Would I buy this machine again if it broke? Well yes unless anything else came in to beat it at the current price point with the same or better features. I still think this is a good value machine, but not without its faults. As for coffee making it is an art, if you get it right first time you are lucky but you might have to work at it whatever machine you get.
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on 30 January 2009
machine arrived super-quick and looked fantastic straight from the box.
i read the very comprehensive instructions first (i didn't have any coffee so i couldn't use it straight away) and a couple of things stood out. there was repeated instruction to pre-heat all parts of the machine before brewing but also that the control knob would be stiff to start with and then free up with use. these messages were repeated so many times that it did raise suspicion a little.
well, after a couple of days of struggling with the very stiff knob (fnarr), something has now given and the control valve no longer operates. as an engineer, used to the way such things 'should' feel, i knew the effort needed to operate this control wasn't good and the warning in the instructions seemed to be an admission of a known issue. if this is true i am very disappointed that such a company would do this. i'll try a replacement and see if it is better.
the reason i'll try a replacement (and for the four stars) is because, for the few occasions that i used the machine before it broke, the coffee was fantastic and it was far more easy to make good coffee than you may think if you read the on-line reviews and 'how-to' sites.
assuming i am being paranoid about the warnings and the control knob issue goes away on my replacement, this is a fine machine with all the features you'll need to make great coffee.
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on 15 February 2010
previous reviewers have already said that this machine makes a first class cup of coffee so I will not dwell on that. Some comlain about the pump noise and jumping cups. I have had numerous expresso machines before and do think this make is any louder that the others. Try my method of sticking small wads of 'blue tack' on the four feet, this kills vibration and does lessen the noise to a degree. Although I can't fault the coffee, I do find that frothing the milk takes forever compared with previous machines, I;ve tried with and without the rubber attachment. Perhaps it's a knack that I will eventually learn. anyway, thoroughly recommended.
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on 15 January 2010
We've had this machine for a couple of months now - bought to replace a Gaggia that had become somewhat incontinent and was fit only for FreeCycle after less than 3 years (very disappointing after the Krupps machine we'd had for years before that). Anyway, this Dualit works very well - the instructions are exceptionally clear and the mode of operation reasonably intuitive. It makes one or two frightening noises when you first turn it on, especially if the water container is not pushed fully home, but we have not experienced the vibration referred to by other reviewers. It heats up quickly and produces a good crema, both with proper coffee and the de-caff we are sometimes forced to use late in the day. The milk frother works pretty well and is easily cleaned. Only two things kick it off the 5-star podium. First, it doesn't warm the cups up quite hot enough - if I have a kettle of hot water handy I usually give them an extra rinsing through - and second, the filter baskets are a bit fiddly to fill without spilling coffee - a bit more freeboard would've been handy.
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