Things I like about this machine:
I love the fact that this is a heat exchanger machine. With this option you have the ability to brew and steam at the same time. With a normal single boiler machine you would have to wait between brewing and steaming. With the Expobar you do not.
The Lever machine features a good look that fits well into any modern kitchen. The exterior of the machine is covered in polished stainless steel. The machine offers both the steam wand along with a hot water wand that is great for americanos.
The Lever boast a large drip tray which makes clean up a breeze. With its ability to hold high volumes of water you don't have to worry about emptying it constantly. I have found that with my coffee habits I end up emptying it about once every 4 days.
Low Water Cut Off
On the Expobar Lever machine you have a water reservoir that is located in the back of the machine. To access the reservoir you have to remove the top grate and fill from the top of the machine. The nice feature on the lever is that when you get low on water the machine will not work. This prevents you from running out of the water and running the boiler dry.
E61 Brew Group
The Lever has the commercial E61 Brew group. What this does is circulate water from the boiler around the group head to keep it at a consistent temperature. This is nice because it helps prevent heat loss when brewing your shot of espresso.
What I would change about this product:
If I had to change anything on this machine it would be the steam wand. It does not have the no burn steam wand. This is not a deal breaker, but it is a nice option to have. With the wand that is on the machine you need to make sure that you hold on to the clip or else you will burn your fingers.
The second thing that I would change is the power switch to the machine. The reason I say this is only based on cosmetics. The Rocker switch works well I just think that it takes away form the overall appearance of the machine. It would be nice if they were to replace the rocker switch with a toggle switch similar to the brewtus.
Customer Match/ Recommended Use:
I would recommend this for someone who is looking to take a step up from the single boiler machine. With this machine and a good grinder you will be able to really dial in your shots of espresso. Another great feature of the machine is its ability to withstand steady use. Because of this I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to entertain.