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Bueno Zip Closure Bucket Bag Tan
The Zip Closure Bucket Bag from Bueno of California is a trusty companion for all your daily travels. This crossbody bag features a light tan hue with gold-hue loops and stud detailing for a touch of shine you’ll love. It sports a long adjustable strap so you can carry it across your body or over your shoulder. You can place small items in the main compartment and keep things organized in the interior side pockets along the edge. Whether you’re out on the town or visiting family this tan zip bucket bag is a trusty and stylish helper. Gender: female. Age Group: adult. Pattern: Solid.
Rick "lensman": First, to expose my bias -- I am a purist and love traditional Italian espresso, without any "Americano" bastardization. This machine brews an outstanding Italian-style espresso, with some of the best crema I've ever had either side of the Atlantic. The temperature is just right; my previous German-brand machines didn't get the water hot enough. It is delightfully simple and straightforward to use. My very first brew was spot on. The price is a true bargain.The Chamonix, however, is not perfect. I join the chorus of complaints regarding the deceiving label claiming an instructional video was enclosed. There is none. This is inexcusable. Fortunately, a video is not necessary for operation of this machine.My front panel is firmly attached.I understand there can be residual water from the factory pump tests, so I was not surprised to find it. I have also found it in other espresso machines.The overall feeling of the unit is "plasticy." Construction in some areas is on the flimsy side; the Auto Espresso Flow control knob and the metal drip tray grid especially so. I suppose any unit in this price range will be similarly constructed. I just couldn't bring myself to spend $500 on one with more metal, knowing the espresso wouldn't taste any better.The Briel AquaStop System, claiming elimination of most of the annoying dripping found in espresso units, falls far short. The Chamonix drips as much as any of the other units I've owned.The Auto Espresso Flow doesn't impress me. It's difficult to gauge just how much water is going to be delivered. This required a lot of hit and miss brewing. I don't feel it provides any real benefit. I'd rather switch off the flow of water when I say so. Fortunately, this is an option.The "turbo-jet" frother was equally unimpressive. Frothing was still on the difficult side. I've never owned an espresso machine that really made frothing easy. I note that the owner's manual mentions an optional Quick Froth Cappuccino accessory. If you intend to froth much, you might want to check the accessory out. Fortunately for me, I usually just brew straight espresso. I found the frother's nozzle to be difficult to remove for cleaning, and poorly made. But the Chamonix delivers where it counts -- in your demitasse cup!
S. Hyatt: I purchased my first one just over 2 years ago. I got distracted and left it on for about1.5 hours and it never worked again. However, it had also been brewing an inconsistent volume for a few months, in spite of daily cleaning and recommended maintenance. So I thought I would try again since I had saved hundreds of dollars by avoiding Starbucks.Number two arrived and I was obviously excited. But alas, the coffee holder leaked. No problem - I used the one from my old machine. So a few weeks ago, again, the volume of coffee becomes inconsistent. But I figure after spending $300 on two units, I could work with it. Well wouldn't you know it, I left it on again today - close to 2 hours. And when I went to make coffee, it spewed steam everywhere. Argh! Since I make at least 2 cups a day, I need to find a reliable machine and I'm fairly certain this one isn't it.
sPeeDeeBee "-pdb": My Chamonix just turned 18 months, and it still functions like new. That may mean that the steaming nozzle leaks and the no-drip feature is a joke (oh, THAT's why it's got that drip pan under it!), but the coffee still reigns supreme.I've been concerned about the comments on cleaning the the silicone/rubber creama filter on the Apollo model, because the same is found in the Chamonix. Every time I clean the basket, I wonder if the taste is being compromised by not being able to clean that filter. What I do now is pour hot soapy water into the basket and let it drain completely. I repeat this once or twice between cups and then rinse it well with very hot water. I'm suprised how much cleaner it gets.My biggest complaint is how finicky the machine is about tamping. No matter what the grind (fine, not real fine), too heavily tamped grounds (i.e., more than one light rollover with the tamper) in this machine just block the flow. If you run a second shot of water to make the most of your effort, what little that does come out tastes like burned espresso! If espresso isn't flowing freely from the basket, dump the grounds and try it again.
Virginia Belle: This was a terrific appliance as long as it lasted, roughly twelve years, and for the time it was in service it gave total satisfaction. The machine is heavy-duty and solid feeling. The espresso produced is rich with a lovely crema, the frothing wand gives an excellent milk froth and is easy to clean. The ravages of time and consistent use have taken their toll apparently and sufficient pressure to work the machine has been lost. It seems now the company has dissolved, been sold, or changed names as they are unreachable for repairs.
Alexanderplatz: This tool is a must-have for the home baker. It's useful for separating a big lump of dough into portions, scraping up dough from the counter, cleaning up the work area (I just scrape the flour and crumbs off the counter into a small wastebasket), even separating a baked loaf from its pan if it sticks. It fits easily in the hand, is very sturdy, and cleans easily as well. Don't be fooled into thinking that it's flimsy. I've had the same one for years, and it has held up well with much use.