Merol coffee machine spare parts
Merol coffee machine spare parts function: Espresso. Type: Espresso Coffee Maker.
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PRODUCT REVIEW – MEROL ME-712 COFFEE MACHINE
When I first unboxed the Merol ME-712 coffee machine, I was a little disappointed. The plastic shell did not look very robust and it slightly lacked the style of the European machines. But as I will explain, don’t judge a book by its cover, or what ever cliché makes the point. The ME-712 coffee machine came with great expectations, a supplier of mine in the US has been selling them by the container and was raving about them when we last spoke. But every body loves cheap, especially him and cheap things don’t often turn out to be cheap in the long run.
But the Merol coffee machine spare parts price point was unbelievable so I had to try one. Now after a week of using it in my kitchen and having stripped it completely in the workshop. I like this machine for the price I paid – under $1000. The European show pony coffee machines have been losing their value for years.
As a coffee repair shop I now turn away a lot of european models, they are just cheap and often unrepairable. Anyway most are made in China. In a bid to make the machines cheaper and more disposable, the parts have become perishable. They are designed to be used for a couple of years at most and then disposed of.
We had to add of few variations to this machine to make it fit our performance criteria, but the added time and cost is value, as the machine now is in a class of its own within the price bracket. In Part 1 of this article I will go over the performance of this machine as experienced by a typical user. In the second part I will do a teardown of the machine and talk about the components under the hood and the hydraulic design.
The key performance and design attributes I sought from this machine were
The ability to make good coffee. This means adequate coffee weight in the puck. Somewhere around 8 to 10g, with some tinkering I got over 12g. Good water temperature and pressure. And finally a robust milk frothing system. This machine caught my eye as it had duel boilers, probably the only automatic under $1500 with duel boilers.
Serviceability. This means a hydraulic design that works and a frame which allows me to get my hands in and change parts. I worked on Nespresso machines for a few years and just to get a boiler in and out took an hour of fiddly mucking around. You had to pull half the guts of the machine out.
Serviceability also means a Merol coffee machine spare parts good supply of parts at affordable pricing. The european brands have restricted access to parts meaning machines have to be returned to remote service centres for small repairs. The repair might have the price capped but if its a minor issue, the consumers not winning. Especially when the machine is away for weeks and arrives home broken. All stories we hear.
Durability. I have mentioned the outer plastic shell leaves a little to be desired. But I was pleasantly surprised when I got it opened up.
Finally, a friendly user interface. The ME-712 has a few quirks but once you know them, one can easily dial up a beverage of their choosing.
Just a quick introduction on the Merol machines. You will see the same machine badged differently, and being offered around the web. They are all Merol machines. The difference in price comes down to modifications, the after sale service being offered and extras being offered with the machine.
At OutWest Coffee before dispatch, we open up each unit and make 2 component changes and add a third, we adjust the grind and then calibrate and test each unit. I run temperature checks on the boilers and flow rates etc and eliminate any manufacturing or component defects. If you purchase one of these machines from me you will find the check list signed by one of my factory staff demonstrating the tests we have performed before dispatch.
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