As you know I've been looking for a new machine for ages. Nothing really ticked all the boxes, but the Quickmill 0996 Achilles is damn bloody close.
Commercial group, with 2 springs, which for me means hopefully more reliability with seals. It's around the same size as the Londinium (less depth, a bit more width from what I can see), and weighs 40kg. I'm not sure my glass table will hold that much!!! Still I wouldn't be moving it about anyway.
Here's the specs.
- Professional lever group;
- 4,5 lts. copper boiler - Automatic recharge;
- Boiler with electronic niveau fill probe;
- Niveau glass;
- Stainless steel anti-burn steam nozzle;
- Stainless steel anti-burn water nozzle;
- Volumetric pump - Professional thermostat;
- Certificated safety valve;
- Safety system with pump and heater stop;
- External rechargeable safety thermostat;
- Stainless steel cup warmer;
- Switch for use with water tank / direct water connection;
- 3 lts. water tank;
- Manomer to see the pressure in the boiler;
- Direct water discharge in the drip tray;
- With 1 and 2 exits filter holder.
Turns out Jack at Sorrentina has imported a few with the intention of selling them as a permanent line if all goes well. I have been more than happy with his customer service since owning the PV lusso. He's looked after me post sale!
Also he's had a better experience with Quick Mill in terms of customer service too which is good to hear. He's got the version with taps, but I've seen them pictured online with fick style taps.
Anyway, here's a few videos of one in action.
They seem relatively new to the market, not many reviews, and not really mentioned on here. With a Bosco group strapped on the front, and a similar thermosyhon design to the Londinium I, it's seems to work well. The guy in the video seems more than happy with his.
Anyone else have any thoughts on this machine?