First time posting but I've been browsing the boards, and in particular this thread, for a few months.
I've been making coffee with a moka pot daily for over 10 years and have wanted to get an espresso machine for ages, but due to space restrictions (Korean apartment kitchens aren't huge) have not been able to convince my wife it was necessary. Luckily, the small footprint of the Robot tipped the balance and I'm so happy to finally have real espresso at home now! I prepare a latte for my wife every morning, and she also agrees the taste is a big improvement over the moka pot version she's used to (not that it was bad, mind you...).
Anyway, this thread was a really useful source of information before purchasing. I'd also been eyeing up the Brewista smart scale for a while, but saw someone mention it was too big to fit between the Robot's legs — saved me some disappointment there. Managed to find a small 0.1g scale with timer that, while not as fancy as the Brewista, does the job well enough.
So far I've really enjoyed playing with the Robot and learning to dial in the grind. First attempt wasn't successful — went far too fine with the grind and blocked the basket, even managing to pull a muscle in my neck pressing down on the levers to no avail. Lesson learned! Thankfully the subsequent attempts were much better and I'm consistently getting good shots now.
I've already ordered some extra baskets to allow me to pull back-to-back shots faster. Currently using the portafilter with the spouts permanently attached as I switch between the pro/pressurized baskets (pressurized is good for weekday mornings when I'm up before everyone and can't grind — the Lido is quiet, but still enough to wake up our baby!). Hoping that portafilters will be available for purchase separately in the future as I'd like to keep one to use bottomless without the spouts attached — far too lazy to switch it out every time.
Would like to say I was allowed this much space just for coffee stuff.. in reality the toaster was moved out the way for the pic.
Small, but perfectly adequate! It's made by Joefrex, if anyone is interested.
Best results so far with these particular beans have been 18g in, 38g out. After pre-infusion, actual pull time was about 30s.
Definitely need to practice pouring! Doesn't look good, but tasted nice.