From the Team HB review of the Decent Espresso DE1+
The Decent Espresso DE1 model is an espresso machine like none other. The small form factor belies the remarkable capabilities of this machine. Significant technological innovations include rapid temperature adjustment, brew pressure control, flow rate specification, real-time sensor feedback, and upgradeable software interface.
Decent Espresso markets a wide range of other espresso gear, with three espresso machine models currently in the lineup: DE1+, DE1PRO, and DE1XL (DE1CAFE model is planned for next year). The DE1PRO features heavier-duty components than the DE1+, but is otherwise very similar. Both espresso machines are geared towards home baristas. The DE1XL and the planned DE1CAFE are designed for commercial use.
The Decent Espresso DE1 is a remarkably innovative espresso machine that combines many unique features: small form factor, excellent ergonomics, short warmup time, rapid temperature adjustment, pressure and flow profiling, real-time feedback, and more. But it's not for everyone.
Those who desire manual control over the shot (via a lever or paddle) will not be happy with the DE1. Although the DE1 provides extraordinary control over the extraction, it must be specified ahead of time. Like most pump machines, once the extraction begins, it will run to completion unless terminated early.
Most others will find the DE1 to be an exciting new development in home espresso. It offers unprecedented manipulation of extraction parameters, useful real-time feedback, a great online community for sharing recipes and solving problems, and an excellent tool for learning and exploring espresso. With the DE1's kitchen-friendly style and choice of simplified user interfaces, even your significant other can be happy with this espresso machine.Rating: ★★★★★
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