I think I’m going to go for a manual espresso machine next. I can’t be doing with bits breaking like this one.
I don’t particularly like the look of the robot, plus it’s pricey.
The rok looks great, it has the portafilter so would sit well with my grinder.
I like the flair but only because it would sit nicely in the space where my previous machine was.
There are definitely some folks here much more knowledgeable about the manual, non-electric lever machines than I am. But if I was going to be buying one, top things for me to look for would be:
Would be nice to have a standard portafilter/basket but I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't really an option due to baskets frequently being quite large to also hold water in this machines.
My preference is the rok. It seems like it’s been around for a long time so I’d expect parts to be available.
Thermal losses are always going to be an issue without a heat source. But add a heat cup and portafilter you’ve covered the bases well.
The only thing I don’t like about the robot is the arms.
I love the lever design of the flair but it seems really fiddley
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