@DavecUK mentioned that he would be interested in my impressions of the Streitman CT2 that landed on my coffee island on December the 21st.
I’ve shot a video to show the workflow
Coffee machines came and went from my coffee island in 2021 because I’m relatively new to serious espresso making (translation: “I made a lot of mistakes”) and I also enjoy trying new kit.
But I suspect that that Streitman will be staying for quite a while though because:
- IMHO it’s a piece of art that would not be out of place in the Guggenheim
- The components are high quality
- It’s precision engineered
- I mainly drink espresso so the minimalist design means there are no unused extras e.g. steamer, large boiler
- That also means it has a small footprint (important cos the wife-deal is I can have what I like so long as it fits on the island)
- I enjoy the control that the direct lever gives me (I really like the LSM spring in the Valexia too)
- On a similar vein, like all lever-lovers, I enjoy pulling a shot with a lever rather than pushing a button
- For some reason, I rarely get any significant channelling (I still get too much with the Valexia)
- Following that, the espresso it produces is thick, silky and full bodied and full flavoured (not saying others aren’t great too)
- I love the mix of metals: copper, brass, stainless
- It’s a little under ten minutes to full heat
What might be improved could be temperature stability. I haven’t had an issue with this but a recent review in Lever Magazine report some fluctuations. And of course it’s not for anyone who wants a steam or hot water wand. Lastly, if you want to make a bunch of coffees for visitors then it could take a while. But I can guarantee you they would love to pull that lever!
Happy to field questions.