My Strega worked fine right out of the box & so far I'm quite impressed with the build & finish quality although I do have a few minor quibbles function wise. The reservoir lid definitely needs a lifting handle so you don't have to remove the cup warming tray every time you want to add water. I'm going to make something up later today to remedy that. If you use the hot water wand to draw water you'll want to either wear a mitt or lay a cloth over the container as your fingers will get toasted by the rising steam trying to hold the actuating handle down. Final quibble is the pressure gauge. I have to wonder how much thought went into locating it at drip tray level directly behind the steam wand. I'll bleed & flush the wand into a large cup in the hope that the gauge might survive a few years longer if it isn't getting blasted by steam daily.
I've got the grind dialed in on the K10 & the flush down (HX newbie!) so today the Strega is on while the Speedster is taking a well earned break. I haven't pulled enough shots with the Strega to talk about shot quality yet but with the various greens I roasted Saturday it should be an interesting week.
Just made my first cappa with it this morning & I'm very impressed with the steaming. Steam seems pretty dry & there is plenty of power to get the milk rolling in the locked on position. Microfoam was acceptable for the first try.
The Strega is set up on my roasting table for now as the only space open on the kitchen counter didn't allow for a comfortable position to pull down the lever. Due to having one of my two bicep tendons torn off at the shoulder the much lower position on the table works better for me as I'm pushing down on the lever instead of pulling. While I don't mind refilling the reservoir outside of the minor handle "issue" I will add a drain to the drip tray once I find a permanent location for the Strega. The drip tray couldn't be any easier to remove but I'm just spoiled by never having to think about it with the Speedster....split from Bezzera Strega - Second Look by moderator...