Makes the same great espresso as much more expensive machines
6 August 2012
Summary: The Nuova Simonelli Oscar is a great bargain for those espresso aficionados looking for a quality high end heat exchanger technology machine much less than typical $1500-2000+ price. The main features of the Oscar include: copper boiler with heat exchanger; heated brew head; heavy duty quality components throughout; amazing dry steam power - able to extract espresso and steam milk at the same time.
Best in the $1k range. Only for the trained barista. Consistent pulls.
28 October 2011
Summary: The Oscar is very stable and consistent. As another reviewer pointed out...If you don't know how to be "regular" with your grind, grams and tamp, Don't expect to operate any serious machine, including the Oscar. They are not forgiving. They are tuned to get the most out of proper preparation. Week prep, is gonna be a bad shot. This takes LOTS of practice.
Summary: 4 Stars. I wanted to make coffee bar-quality espresso drinks at home. Now I can. This machine had all of the features I was looking for in a home-version of a professional machine: professional-sized basket (58 mm), capability to steam while pulling a shot, reservoir that can be filled while the machine is on. It left out the variables that I didn't want to deal with: temperature, multiple buttons. Could it be better? Sure.
Commercial quality, excellent espresso on a consumer budget
14 April 2011
Summary: I've been making espresso at home for the past 2 years on a cheap consumer grade espresso machine. After reading many reviews and tips on coffeegeek, I decided to pick up an oscar. I've made two Americano's so far and here is my initial impression: 1. I no longer microwave the water for my Americano. I simply steam the water for 10-20 seconds and it is done. The amount of steam generated by this machine is borderline ridiculous. 2.
Summary: The Nuova Simonelli Oscar is the perfect commercial grade espresso machine for either: Home, Office, or a low volume Restaurant (low volume based on customer demand) You control the water or have it hooked up. Make sure you buy a commercial grinder as the grinder in conjunction with the esspresso machine dteremines the quality of your drinks. I couldn't be happier with mine.
Summary: I'm totally impressed by this machine. It's my third espresso machine, after a Briel and a Silvia. It makes consistent, professional grade espresso day after day. It's easy to clean and to take care of--and now finally I feel I have a machine with which I can make great cappucino's and espresso's day after day. I recommend getting a good quality coffee grinder to go with it--I have a La Cimbai Jr and it does the trick nicely.
Summary: Yeah so it's loud but wow, I am surprised at what this little baby can do. I have worked on commercial machines like La Marzocco, Rancillio, and the Nuova Simonelli Premier and the Oscar provides exceptionally comparable results. After a couple of mods with the portafilter spouts and the group head shower screen (had spare parts from my 2-group premier) this little lassy has proven herself worthy of any discerning caffeine guru.
Quality Espresso maker in a small attractive package!
9 March 2007
Summary: Great for home, office, or even when your 10K machine breaks down at your cafe; I know, because I've used the machine in a professional environment, and found most people couldn't tell the differnce between shots the "big" machine and the little Oscar. What the makers spared by using a plastic housing, they certainly didn't cut corners on the machinery. This machine will make for years of great tasting espresso making!
Summary: Like all HX machines, the 'Oscar' wastes a LOT of heat, wastes a LOT of water and requires you to recall when you last made an espresso shot. If it was moments ago, there is probably no need to flush with cold water. If it was say, an hour ago, the brew water will be over-heated, and you MUST purge out anywhere from 1 to 6 ounces of water to lower the temperature of the next burst of water -- the water that will brew the espresso -- to anywhere close to the best possible...