The ECM Giotto is an Italian espresso machine (made in Milan) that belongs to a class that is sometimes called “semi-commercial” or “semi-professional.”
The main difference between the Giotto and a typical home machine is the independence of coffee brewing and steaming, and a truly professional group.
The main differences between the Giotto and a commercial machine are vibratory (rather than rotary) pump, size, capacity, and price. There is an accessory kit that enables direct connection to your water supply (just like a pro machine), and with a bit of handiwork you could adapt the drip tray to drain directly to your waste outlet – if you really wanted.
- The “Rolls Royce” of filter-handle espresso machines. (Test Magazine Plus, 12/1998)
- The Giotto makes the best espresso of any home machine I have tested and most of the commercial ones too. And it looks like morphing chromium, oozing over your bar. (David Schomer, On The Table #22, 01/2000).
- Winner of the High-End espresso machines test. (11 machines, top gourmet magazine, Der Feinschmecker, 03/2000)
- The one that curled this espresso drinker’s toes was the ECM Giotto’with its lever delivery (no buttons, no digital stuff) and a heat diffuser on the group head to prevent the coffee burning. If the Giotto were a car, it would be a’50’s racing Ferrari. (Sydney Morning Herald, 08/2001)