Great Espresso every time, little mess making it, at a phenomenal price
Per "pjnygren", Amazon
28 November 2013
Summary: I have owned espresso machines that cost from $300 to $1,600 (the latter is on repair right now since it's too expensive to throw away) in that price range I have had fully automatic machines, semi-automatic (holder for the used coffee, but no auto milk frother nor built in grinder) to completely manual machines such as this one I am writing a review for. There are three main considerations in my mind regarding buying an espresso machine.
Summary: I was given this machine as a christmas gift two years ago. It worked great to begin with but this last year it has been having some issues. I have cleaned it a few times and as the year has gone on it has stopped working. I believe there is a problem with the moter, but am not really sure. All I know is that it wont make shots any more. I have cleaned it, I have adjusted my grind, it sprays water with no basket but doesn't seem to have enough gumption to shot the shots.
Summary: I used to be a "regular" at the coffee stand across from my office. Now I go there occasionally with coworkers, just for the walk - but almost NEVER buy coffee. This tastes JUST as good as the BEST coffee stands! VERY consistent (if you use a good bean at least) and easy to use. You can steam your milk first if you want. I used to have cheap machines and this is LEAPS AND BOUNDS better! One tip... after brewing your shot...
Summary: The Bar 32 makes espresso and cappuccino very well. Steams milk and 1/2 and 1/2 just as well. Easy clean up. Water temp is very good for all of its purposes. Only short coming is it is very light and must be steadied when locking in the brew basket.
Summary: This is the best (so far) machine I have owned. It makes great espresso and nice froth. It is a little fussy about using only the "perfect grind", but once I figured this out, is good. The frothing wand works OK, but personally, I'd prefer one without the fancy air mixer. I was a little disappointed that a great Italian coffee machine maker would ship their product to PRC (China) for manufacture.
Summary: The easiest way to a great cappuccino. The pump and filter make the most crema and the taste is awesome. Steaming is adequate but runs out somewhat quickly, don't pass this one up for that. If you're budget conscious I don't think this can be beat. I own a $200 Gaggia that doesn't work nearly as well.
Very good, simple machine. (Requires a little practice.)
10 November 2012
Summary: This is a good machine. It is easy to operate, although it takes a little practice if you're new at it. I had a Krups machine that expired recently, and opted to try this one with happy results. It does not function as automatically as more expensive machines; it's like the difference between automatic and manual transmission in a car. You have to make it start, stop, and do other things you want it to do. Small inconvenience for good espresso.
Summary: I bought this about 3 weeks ago for $92 at Amazon (now it's around $75 hmmm....). Right out of the box the pump made a lot of noise and no coffee, only steam. Called DeLonghi and they verified that it was defective. They asked me to cut and return the cord so I wouldn't have to pay for return shipping (not sure if that is a reflection of the cheapness of the machine or good customer service). They sent a new one free of shipping charge.