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This stainless steel espresso maker combines beauty, value, and the latest technology for making all your favorite coffees - espressos, cappuccinos and lattes like you’ve never tasted! The Oscar 2 is one of the most feature-rich entry level espresso machines on the market and costs hundreds of dollars less than other similar featured machines.
One of the heavy hitters in the espresso manufacturing world, Nuova Simonelli was founded by Orlando Simonelli in 1936. The prefix ‘Nuova’ (meaning ‘new’ in Italian) was added to name after it was bought out by management in the 1970s, after decades of steady expansion into markets around the world. As the creators of the first espresso machine model to use a motorized pump – a regular feature of semi-automatic espresso machines today – they have long had a well deserved reputation for innovation.
Nuova Simonelli produces both high-end semi-automatic and super automatic machines. As a brand it is considered to fall into the luxury category, with premium price tags to match its top-of-the-line models. Arguably their biggest strength is ease of use and intuitive user interface, achieved without sacrificing performance. For example, most of their machines use the classic Italian-preferred heat-exchange (HX) brewing system,which makes temperature fluctuations an issue for non-professional users –however, the extremely sensitive controls offered by Nuova Simonelli models automatically adjust for discrepancies, enabling near-perfect results without the barista having to focus as much on every detail. This makes them a very suitable choice for high-volume establishments where human error can affect quality. This also makes the experience more forgiving for home users, operating their smaller single group models like the popular Oscar II. Lastly, the lineup of super automatic machines produced by Nuova Simonelli is also considered to be at the higher end of the market.
Overall, Nuova Simonelli is an excellent brand suited to most customers’ needs, and is relatively easy to get serviced. If you prefer a more hands-on approach to brewing your espressos then they may not be as exciting as some other brands that require more vigilant dialing in of temperatures etc. While their domestic models are not the most expensive on the market, their high-end commercial models can cost a pretty penny, and may be beyond many people’s budgets. Nevertheless, they remain a perennial favourite and come highly recommended by the staff at Caffe Tech.