Published by MarkAugust 25, 2012 4:57 pm
I was excited when I heard that Quick Mill was coming out with a new take on the E61 double boiler design. The QM67 looked to be strong contender in the prosumer espresso lineup, especially since it was being placed as a bridge between the Andreja and Alex Duetto II. It features a professional E61 group with a clean, minimalist design. It will be a welcome choice for those that don’t have the counter real estate for the Duetto, and it’s $500 cheaper.
However, the reduced footprint and configuration exposes several issues with temperature stability and power management. Despite these drawbacks, is the QM67 a better value than the similarly priced Andreja or the more expensive Duetto? Well, that depends on what you are wanting to get from your machine.
With a .8L steam boiler and .75L brew boiler, the QM67 solves the uncertainty of shot temperature that traditionally comes with a heat exchanger such as the Andreja. The ability to mimic a pre-infusion definitely sets the QM67 ahead of the competition in its category, especially considering the temperature stability gained with the E61 group. In a higher demand setting, the Duetto is certainly a better choice with its higher capacity boilers, but, as a stopgap between the Breville and the Duetto, the QM67 achieves its goal.
Where this machine really shines is as a shot brewer. Paired with the PID and dedicated boiler, the QM67 is capable of pulling an exceptional shot. The QM67 perhaps doesn’t white quite walk the middle of the road of introductory double boilers, but it definitely fills a gap that had been sorely empty until now.
Aesthetically, this machine will look great in a modern kitchen, and it especially shines with the addition of a Clive wood portafilter.
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