I thought the Minore came with insulation now, so maybe they listened.
I wanted a basic but solid machine.
Hence getting the Leva.
The readout didnt interest me and 2mcm and I spoke a lot about my requirements.
I was originally looking at the Silvia/Rocky combo but as I had budget and an itch to scratch, I was happier with the Expobar/Macap result.
I find it as easy to use as I expected.
I have started flushing a little before pulling the shots, now that Im more aware of whats happening.
As a process auditor Im all for consistency.
Ive gotten used to the ugly feet. They make it easy to clean under the machine.
The huge drip dray makes cleaning less of a chore as it doesnt need constant emptying.
I bought the cup warming tray handles and now refilling with water isnt so bad as I can remove the tray even with 12 cups aboard.
Mind you, my wifes is more accepting of the machine now and draws water for her tea without hesitation. This means Im filling more frequently. *::)
And last night my son pointed out Id forgotten to adjust my timer for the daylight savings change as he was having to boil the kettle because the machine switched off early.
Things Id like:
* A water level indicator or at least another light that comes on to say the machine has switched off due to low water level. The only indication I get now is the pressure guage dropping (if I notice).
It only take a brief top up by the pump to draw a few drops from the tank and activate the cutout.
This usually happens when you are away from the machine so you dont notice.
* Easier access to refill (needs the water level indicator for this to be practical).
* The new Minore steam tip. I struggle a bit with mine. The new one has a different configuration of the two holes.
Not much more I can say other than overall I am happy with the machine.
More bang for your buck.
It steams like crazy (see point above).
It easily stays way ahead of my capabilities when making multiple coffees.
If you didnt run out of water it could go non-stop.
I havent had to make more than half a dozen or so drinks at a go at home at any recent gatherings so it will rarely be stretched to its limit.
I say rarely not never, because the other day it was tested.
My wife made two teas just before I went to make myself a coffee.
By drawing 400ml from the boiler, the refill with cold water was enough to drop the pressure for a about a minute afterwards and she wouldnt steam (Elena, my Exi, not the wife - Elena is Spanish for "The shiny one").
That was a rare occurence though and now that Im aware of it, not a problem.
I hope all that helps.