Considered by many to be the best espresso machine in its class, Quick Mill's Anita Semi-automatic Espresso Machine features an elegant design along with a commercial grade E-61 brew head and a large heat exchange boiler that allows you to brew and steam simultaneously. The Anita includes some excellent upgraded components and functionality, including a hinged reservoir cover, an easily accessible expansion valve, stainless steel steam and hot water wands, a four-hole steam tip, a boiler drain and a three-way on and off switch (to fill the boiler while not heating, to heat or to switch off).
Features & Functionality of the Quick Mill Anita
Stainless Steel Body: The Anita features heavy-duty, polished stainless steel housing (with a removable cup warmer), pull out drip tray and grate. The outer shell is easy to remove for easy maintenance.
Commercial-Grade Boiler: A large, insulated 1.6-liter copper boiler warms up in about 10 minutes and utilizes heat exchange functionality so you can brew and steam at the same time. A high-quality vacuum breaker enables you to put the machine on a timer with no vapor lock and, once it's up to temperature, it will brew continuously throughout the day.
Brass Portafilters: Commercially designed, heavy chrome-plated brass portafilters provide you with excellent temperature stability.
E-61 Brew Group: This commercial class brew group regulates temperature for brewing excellent espresso and features a thermal siphon design which stabilizes the brew group's temperature during periods of inactivity.
Low Water Cut Off: A precise magnetic sensor will cut off power to the boiler's heating circuit, but not the pump. This will save you from a boiler burn-out, but also allow you to finish if you're in the middle of pulling a shot.
Lever Controlled, Three-Way Bipass: The Anita's simple lever brewing design features a pressure release valve so you'll end up with a dry coffee puck post-brew.
Pressure Gauges: This espresso machine features two gauges on the front: One for boiler pressure, the other for pump pressure. The boiler's temperature is mediated by a pressure controller, which senses any drops in pressure and responds by kicking on the heating element. You can easily adjust the pressure as needed via the access port without removing the outer shell.
Ulka Pump: 52-watt vibratory pump with thermal overload protection.
Easily Accessible Internals: The newly redesigned Anita features easy access to the expansion valve — so you can adjust pump pressure without removing the outer casing — and a boiler drain.
Large Water Reservoir: The Anita's water reservoir holds up to three liters of water. This is now easily accessible with a hinged cover, so you no longer have to remove the entire cup tray to refill your reservoir.
Stainless Steel Wands: High grade steam wand features a four-hole tip and the separate hot water wand makes pulling hot water for tea or Americanos a breeze.
E61 Brew Head - The Quick Mill Alexia features an E61 Brew Head for consistent shots.
Heat Exchange Boiler - Consistency is temperature is essential to great espresso and the Anita's large heat exchange boiler evenly regulates temperature, allowing you to brew espresso and steam milk simultaneously. In fact, it's the most affordable model on the market with this feature.
Ease of Use - The Anita is not a complicated espresso machine and we've found that learning how to pull great shots on it is incredibly easy.
Toasty - The brew group, steam and hot water wands aren't burn-proof like some of the other Quick Mill models, so watch out that you or your guests don't get burnt.
Non-Plumbable - The Anita is not a plumbable espresso machine and some users have complained that filling the reservoir is difficult, especially if you don't have an abundance of space between your counter and cabinets.
Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
Clean the brew gasket daily with a cleaning brush.
Soap out water tank (if applicable) and drip tray every few days.
Optional: Perform backflush routine and clean the filter basket each week.
Love waking up to the Anita!Review by Lisa
Love the Anita and the double boiler is a must. Not only does the Anita look beautiful and impressive in my kitchen, it is reliable and produces an amazing drink every time. I have it on an automatic timer, so that it is ready to go each morning. We use the hot water wand for oatmeal and tea. Perfect shots and steamed milk each morning. The only time I ever purchase espresso beverages anymore is if I have run out of coffee beans. Paired with the Vario Baratza, which is perfect and easy to use interchangebly for Filter or Espresso grind. So worth the investment and step up!
Large Water Container, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Quick Brewing
Noisy (Posted on 4/15/2012)
The BEST deal in it's classReview by Embs
After a month of comparison shopping I arrived at the Anita. It was a sound decision and a great investment. Tune your grind to various beans and she won't let you down, CREMA galore. Easily plumbed with the Andreja's plumb kit, which I did within a week after purchasing. With cooling flushes and frothing, the tank is very small. All in all a great machine.
Easy To Use, Commercial Grade
Small Water Container (Posted on 9/30/2010)
Still loving my Anita after two yearsReview by Tracy
I bought my Anita about two years ago and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I have no temptation to even think about buying another espresso machine at this time.
I did replace the stock steam arm with a no-burn steam arm. I also had to replace the group gasket after about a year of hard usage, but that is to be expected. As others have noted, the hot water spout is useless, but I have no need for it any way.
It does take a few weeks to master the Anita, but once you get it down, this is an awesome machine. I originally had this pared with a Rancilio Rocky grinder, but I have since upgraded to the Macap MC4. I couldn't be happier with my setup as I pull a shot of the Velton's Bonsai Blend every morning.
Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Great Taste, Easy To Clean
(Posted on 4/1/2010)
Worth the $Review by Tom
My wife and I use it everyday for about 6 months now. It took a little effort to learn how to brew a good cup. There is nothing automatic here so if you are not patient and are willing to waste a few pounds of coffee at first as a learning curve than this is not for you.Few issues that we solved:1. The unit takes a long time to heat up so in the morning it was kind of a pain if you have to go out the door. I solved this by hooking the unit up to a heavy duty timer ([...] 17$) Now the unit comes on about 45 minutes before we get up so by the time we get to it its ready to go.2. The hot water spout is useless. It seems to just gurgle water out and i have tried to make tea with it, its useless. Easier to use a teapot.Since we don't use it, the water that comes out tastes metallic. Just a feature that was not designed right? Not sure...3. The screw that holds the steam knob seems to get loose every few months. No problem, just tighten with screw driver.4. Although my wife has gotten the hang of the unit perfectly, I'm still finding that from time to time I mess it up and have to make another. The unit definitely requires a learning curve.In general, we are very happy with it. We make about 2-4 double shots on it a day. I read somewhere that this unit could handle 300 a day. So at this rate this is a lifetime purchase. I would recommend it to anyone but here is a very important thing to consider. You have to buy a good grinder for the unit. (another few hundred $) When we first bought it I experimented with pre-ground coffee from our local coffee shop and it was a disaster. A good grinder will let you fine tune the grind to perfection. I would recommend the unit. It does what it needs to do with no frills. From our research it was the best price for the "pro like" unit.
Quick Brewing, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean
Noisy (Posted on 3/20/2010)
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