Best Quick Mill Espresso Machines (y Reviews)
Maybe you’re ready for your first prosumer espresso machine, or maybe it’s time for an upgrade. Either way, there’s a Quick Mill model for you. The company makes a wide range of prosumer machines, each with an intelligent design and quality materials. Keep reading for five of the very best reviews, plus a handy guide to choosing the perfect model for you.
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The 5 Best Quick Mill Espresso Machines in y
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As a longtime manufacturer of premium coffee makers, there’s no need to worry about choosing a bad Quick Mill model. They’re all fantastic. The key is finding the right model to fit your needs. So here are five great options for five different lifestyles.
The newly updated Vetrano 2B Evo is Quick Mill’s top-of-the-line big double boiler. It’s the model that showcases all the brand’s best features. If you’re really serious about good espresso drinks ― like multiple drinks in a row several times a day ― this is the machine for you.
Both boilers are stainless steel in the latest edition, a popular choice in recent years due to their longevity. The brew boiler is an ample 0.75 litres, and the steam boiler is 1.4 litres. They aren’t the biggest on the market, but they strike a nice balance between being user-friendly and having a small footprint. The temperature of both boilers is independently controlled by PID, and the PID display doubles as a shot timer.
The brew group is the classic E61, known for its excellent temperature stability. Coupled with the PID, this machine really nails the desired brew temperature, a key quality when brewing specialty coffee, according to pros like Kim Ossenblok of Dalla Corte (1).
A couple of degrees hotter or cooler can change the flavor. That’s why it’s so important to have temperature stability.
The front of the machine sports a beautiful deep blue dual pressure gauge that allows you to monitor both the steaming and brew pressure as you work. Inside, you’ll find a quiet rotary pump, which means you can directly plumb this machine if you’d like. If you’d rather stick to the water tank, you’ll be happy to learn it’s a sizeable 3 litres and is equipped with a low water alarm.
A new addition to this updated model is the option to operate it at 15 or 20 amps, with the higher amperage yielding faster heat-up and recovery times. This model also includes a dual ECO mode, which is easy to turn on and off and cleverly manages each boiler separately.
If the Vetrano 2B Evo is the double boiler for the serious coffee nerd, the QM67 is the double boiler for the rest of us. It’s similar in many ways, but scaled down in size and price.
Like the Vetrano, it has two stainless steel boilers, each with PID temperature control, and an E61 brew group (2). Temperature stability is definitely never an issue with this model. The brew boiler is the same 0.75 litres, and the steam boiler is a slightly smaller 1 litre. So you won’t achieve quite the same maximum steaming power, but you get a more compact machine as a result.
The biggest difference between the QM67 and the Vetrano is that the QM67 has a vibration pump. That makes it a bit louder and means that you can’t plumb it to a water line. Fortunately, the 3 litre water reservoir is not only large but easily accessible. You can fill it from the top of the machine without having to remove the warming tray.
Other than that, expect a lot of the same features as the larger model. You get the same blue manometer, ECO mode, and PID shot timer, not to mention the durable steel construction. All of which make the QM67 a great value!
Heat exchangers (HX) require a slightly different workflow than double boilers, and generally have a bit more of a learning curve. But they are incredibly popular with consumers for a good reason. They’re cheaper than dual boilers, and once you’ve mastered your machine, you’ll be brewing coffee and steaming milk (at the same time) like a pro.
The Andreja is Quick Mill’s largest and most popular HX machine.
Andreja is one of their best-sellers overall. That said, if you’re looking to save a bit of money and space, the Anita is nearly identical but with a slightly smaller boiler.
At its heart is a 1.8-litre T.E.A.-coated brass boiler that’s heated by a powerful 1400 Watt heating element, which means it heats up fast and recovers quickly between shots. It uses the industry-standard E61 brew group to ensure temperature stability, including an automatic pre-infusion for the best extraction (3).
The Quick Mill Andreja uses a 52 Watt Ulka pump, which is widely regarded as one of the best vibratory pumps. This one is equipped with metal rather than plastic ends and thermal overload protection for a longer lifespan, and it has a pulsar that makes it 25% quieter.
One thing Andreja doesn’t have is PID temperature control. This is common with heat exchangers because the PID has less impact on this design. Instead, it’s better to learn your machine and use cooling flushes to manage the temperature.
If you don’t often make milky drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, you’ll get a lot more value from a single boiler espresso machine. They can brew coffee just as well as the larger models but at a fraction of the cost. The only trade off is that you can’t steam milk at the same time.
Take the Quick Mill Alexia Evo, for example. Just like the QM67, it features a 0.75 litre brewing boiler with PID temperature control, a commercial 58 mm E61 brew group, and a built-in shot timer (4). And it uses the same Ulka vibration pump. All that for about $1000 cheaper and in a significantly smaller footprint.
Of course, if you’re a latte lover, you’ll quickly tire of the workflow on a single boiler, so it’s worth spending more for the upgrade. But fans of good espresso and Americanos will be thrilled with the Alexia.
And that’s not to say you can’t make a milky drink with this machine. It just takes a little longer to achieve that perfect silky microfoam. The fully articulated steam wand has a no-burn design, so it’s both safe and easy to use.
The Quick Mill Silvano Evo is one of the more unique espresso makers I have reviewed this year. It’s priced like a single boiler model, yet it can make coffee and steam milk simultaneously! It does this by having a separate vibration pump and thermoblock, also called a steam bank, for generating steam.
A thermoblock doesn’t have the same steam pressure as a boiler, but it’s a clever solution that allows dual boiler functionality from a small and inexpensive model. And as a bonus, it heats up much faster.
The 0.4-litre coffee boiler has PID temperature control, and you can adjust the thermoblock temperature independently. Or it can be turned off when not in use to save energy. As with the more expensive models, the PID display doubles as a shot timer.
The pump pressure is on display in the gauge on the front of the espresso machine, which is always a welcome surprise on cheaper models. The OPV to adjust pump pressure is easily accessible, which provides another method of optimising extraction (5).
How to Choose the Best Quick Mill Espresso Machine
There are a few critical features to consider when choosing the right machine, including the types of drinks you enjoy and the available space. This buyer’s guide has everything you need to know to make an informed decision.
All About Boilers
When buying a prosumer espresso machine, the type of boiler set-up is the most important decision. It affects operation and thus your daily workflow. You have three choices: single boilers, double boilers, or heat exchangers.
- A single boiler is the smallest and least expensive option. You use the same boiler for brewing and steaming, so you can’t do both at the same time. They’re a great option if you prefer espresso to milky drinks.
- A double boiler is the largest and most expensive option, but you can make coffee and steam milk at the same time. They tend to have the best temperature control, making them a good choice for specialty coffee lovers.
- A heat exchange system also allows you to make coffee and steam milk simultaneously. They are usually less expensive and more compact than double boilers but don’t offer the same degree of temperature control.
Cheaper espresso machines usually use a thermoblock, which isn’t a boiler at all. Instead, brew or steam water is piped through a superheated block. They don’t produce the same quality drinks but are inexpensive, small, and fast to heat up. I mention them because you’ll find one just for steam on the Quick Mill Silvano Evo.
Rotary or Vibratory Pumps
Quick Mill models come with either a rotary or vibratory pump, which can quickly achieve the desired pressure (6). Rotary pumps are more expensive and usually reserved for premium models. Compared to vibration pumps, they are quieter and allow you to plumb directly to a water line.
That said, some experts actually prefer the pre-infusion profile inherent in a vibratory pump.
They build up brew pressure more slowly, resulting in a sort of pre-infusion that makes a better espresso.
Vibratory pumps are also less expensive and smaller than rotary pumps, but their main disadvantage is that they are considerably louder.
Size and Capacity Considerations
When buying a prosumer espresso machine, size is a much bigger factor than an appliance-grade model. Prosumers are big. Not every kitchen or office can accommodate every model.
Make sure to measure your space and check the machine’s dimensions before you buy. In particular, consider a machine’s height if you plan to put it underneath cupboards, remembering you may need to factor in extra clearance for cup storage and accessing the water reservoir.
Capacity is an important factor if you plan on making many drinks, especially a lot of drinks in a row.
For high-volume use, you’ll want something that can be plumbed to a water line, along with drainage for the drip tray or a large water reservoir. Likewise, with larger boilers, you can make more consecutive drinks before the machine needs to recover, and a more powerful heating element provides quicker recovery.
Quick Mill is a well-established manufacturer of prosumer-grade espresso machines. All their models are well designed and made from high-quality materials. So choosing the right one is all about the set of features that works for you.
Our favourite this year is the top-of-the-line double boiler, the newly updated Vetrano 2B Evo. With the latest set of improvements, it’s better than ever and sure to please.
Quick Mill coffee makers are made in Senago, near Milan, in Northern Italy, where the firm was founded in 1945. This region of Italy is home to many of the world’s top espresso machine manufacturers.
A semi-automatic espresso machine uses a pump to generate the pressure required to pull an espresso shot. But everything else, including grinding, dosing, tamping, and shot timing, is left to the barista.
All the machines reviewed here are semi automatic espresso makers, but Quick Mill does make an easy-to-use automatic espresso machine, the Evolution 70.
Quick Mill does make a lever espresso machine, which is called the Achille. This style is more difficult to master than a semi automatic espresso machine, so it caters to a smaller niche of coffee lovers. But fans claim that it produces unparalleled espresso quality.
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