Nuova Simonelli, my new toy!
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Today is an exciting day! I have just acquire a new espresso machine and it is the Nuova Simonelli Musica from a defunct restaurant. It was a really dirty machine, even though it is only 1 year old, the group head is already caked with coffee ground and oil. The steam wand has the classic baked on milk that I have seen so many time before in my previous experience with restoring used espresso equiptments. I spent a good part of today afternoon just to clean up this machine.
However, after the clean-up, it looks like new and I actually like the asthetic a lot. Its styling is very sleek and modern which is a good contrast to other vintage lever espresso machines that I own. Also, it is the first Heat-Exchanger espresso machine that I own and I'm very excited and will try to do good comparision of this machine to other lever machines that I currently own (Pavoni and Ponte Vecchio Lusso).
I actually have a chance later in the afternoon to pull several test shots and actually I got the espresso and the milk right in the first try! What impress me a lot was the ease in which steaming milk on this machine. The espresso also turned out great. Actually I have too many espresso and cappuccino from the Musica and that is the reason that I'm still awake at 1AM typing this blog!!!
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