Below are the participants' written comments:
Jesse Gordon wrote:Overall, I think the Speedster is a well polished machine. All the details are there and the build quality is exceptional. I really like the ability to do a soft pre-infusion and the coffee was tasting great. That said, I'm not crazy about the steam wand and the mechanics of turning the steam on and off.
Ian Stewart wrote:They say you eat with your eyes. Well if coffee was food it would taste pretty darn good coming from a Speedster - man it looks good. The looks are backed up by a nice machine mechanically. Took me a little time to get used to the controls - the shifter on the lower right especially but once I did good espresso floweth. Love the preinfusion position and the extra working space up front. Definitely a sweet machine.
Walt Fulcher wrote:The Speedster is a machine I want to love but for me it doesn't light a fire in my gut. The user interface with the preinfusion and the different gears is too confusing and overly complicated. The way the steam wand moves all over the place, it will burn you up if you're not careful, I just can't get into it.
Kurt Pasquale wrote:Coming from a person that loves the equipment part of coffee making, I think the Speedster is a good looking machine for sure. I thought overall, it performed well. Particularly enjoyed the preinfusion "gear shifting" for 10 seconds. Made a delicious espresso shot. I tend to make a lot of cappuccinos, so steaming is important to me. It performed well and at the speed of my GB5. However. I wasn't a big fan the the steam wand itself. In conclusion, I like the machine and would consider buying it as countertop art, but feel the price is too high. For the same money, I would rather buy a nice used Strada.
Lem Butler wrote:I felt the Speedster wins in the looks department. The GS3 wins in ergonomics. With any machine the user will become used to the features making either machine a winner. If one is more into pre-infusion, the Speedster is definitely the dominant machine but if pre-infusion is not an area a home barista feels comfortable, then the GS3 would be the better choice. I feel the GS3 is a little more approachable for the novice where the Speedster will attract the more seasoned home barista.
Thanks gentlemen for your feedback!
In closing out this part of the review, Lem's comment "With any machine the user will become used to the features making either machine a winner" reminds me of the reviewer's dilemma: How to fairly judge equipment without introducing too much personal bias. I try to look at the design from the designer's viewpoint, which as I noted earlier about the Speedster's steam wand, may require adapting one's technique to better match the equipment's design than vice versa.