Pros: Good espresso and milk steaming, quite inexpensive
Cons: Doesn't quite achieve cafe quality results, somewhat slow, no built-in grinder
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|Pros||Good espresso and milk steaming, quite inexpensive||Excellent espresso, achieves near-perfect microfoam in its steamed milk, relatively easy to use for a semi-automatic machine||Great espresso, great milk steaming performance, compact design||Great taste, cafe quality lattes and cappuccinos||Great taste, exceptional lattes and cappuccinos, mostly automated milk steaming|
|Cons||Doesn't quite achieve cafe quality results, somewhat slow, no built-in grinder||Expensive, requires more effort/practice than fully-automatic machines||No built-in grinder||Expensive, requires some effort and a learning curve||Expensive, no built-in grinder|
|Bottom Line||Provides good results for a fraction of the cost of many quality consumer machines||A cafe-quality machine that manages to still be friendly towards beginner baristas||One of the smallest machines we've found that can achieve cafe quality results||If you don't mind a little learning curve and elbow grease, this is the best espresso you can make at home||An excellent choice for those trying to recreate cafe drinks at home, especially if you already have an espresso-quality grinder|
|Rating Categories||Gevi||Calphalon Temp IQ||Breville Bambino||Breville Barista...||Breville Bambino...|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (15%)|
|Milk Steaming (15%)|
|Specs||Gevi||Calphalon Temp IQ||Breville Bambino||Breville Barista...||Breville Bambino...|
|Dimensions||13" x 10" x 16"||5.6" x 14.5" x 17.3"||7.7" x 12.6" x 12.2"||13.2" x 12.5" x 16"||7.7" x 12.6" x 12.2"|
|Warranty||N/A||3 Year Limited||1 Year Limited||1 Year Limited||1 Year Limited|
|Milk Frother||Steam Wand||Steam Wand||Steam Wand||Steam Wand||Automatic Steam Wand|
|Water Tank Capacity||42 oz||94 oz||47 oz||67 oz||65 oz|
|Cost per Shot||$0.45||$0.45||$0.45||$0.47||$0.47|
|Lifetime Cost per Shot||$0.52||$0.70||$0.58||$0.72||$0.72|
|Number of Cafe Replacement Shots to Make p list price||69||235||118||237||237|
|Number of Cafe replacement lattes to make up list price||41||141||70||141||141|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Gevi is one of the few truly budget machines we've tested that actually produces good espresso, making it a great choice for those shopping for a bargain.
Both the straight espresso shots and milk drinks we tasted from the Gevi were significantly better than average, but fell just short of true cafe quality.
The espresso we made with this machine had good flavor and a decent bit of crema. In general, it was able to sufficiently scratch that itch when we were craving espresso. However, the portafilter is slightly small (we maxed out at a 17 gram dose) and the machine isn't capable of the same high pressures as many of the more expensive models on the market. Both of these factors means the espresso is almost always going to be just a bit weaker than what you'd get in a cafe. If you're a fan of americanos you can probably just add a bit less water and get a great beverage, but straight shots and milk drinks are going to lack just a bit of that fullness and robustness. Still, this machine far outperforms almost anything else in its price range.
Ease of Use
The Gevi's user experience is fairly standard for a semi-automatic machine. Learning to grind, tamp, and brew the espresso, as well as steaming milk with the wand, will take a bit of practice for beginners, but no more so than most other semi-automatic machines on the market.
Our major annoyance with the Gevi is its lack of speed. The machine seems to take longer to heat up than most machines. After pulling a shot, it takes a full minute for the boiler to heat up enough to operate the steam wand. Then, if you want to make another drink, you either have to wait 12 minutes for the boiler to cool back down to brewing temperature, or purge a lot of steam from the wand to cool it down faster. This makes brewing multiple milk drinks in a row feel less than efficient.
Additionally, the instruction manual can be a bit confusing. If you do run into any issues, it's likely you'll be turning to google for answers rather than the manual.
Ease of Cleaning
The cleaning process for this machine is fairly standard. The water tray has a helpful indicator to let you know when it's getting full, the steam wand wipes down fairly easily, and the descaling process is relatively hands-off.
The biggest issue we ran into when cleaning this machine was the portafilter. It has a tiny plastic piece inside that tends to hang onto grinds and can be slightly awkward to scrub clean. We certainly wouldn't call this a dealbreaker, but it did add an extra step to making every shot.
This machine's steam wand is capable of producing creamy microfoam that results in a very good latte. That is the true test of a steam wand, and this machine certainly impressed in that area.
While this steam wand can make great microfoam, we feel it takes a bit more finesse to get those results than with some other machines. Therefore, beginners may be somewhat disappointed in the milk quality right off the bat. Still, even having the possibility of producing microfoam in this price range is incredibly impressive.
The Gevi provides slightly above average performance for a far below average price. This combo, in our opinion, makes it one of the best values on the market. Even considering that you might need to buy an espresso quality grinder separately, this rig is often less than half the cost of some of the best machines on the market while providing about 75% of the quality.
Though it can't quite reproduce cafe quality results, the Gevi provides good espresso and milk steaming at a very low price.
— Michelle Powell and Max Mutter