I'm an espresso noob with just recently purchasing my first espresso machine ever, a Quickmill Anita. I saw mention in this thread earlier on about a HX machine having the On Demand Hot Water.
I too wanted this as I thought I would use it. I don't. And unless you use this feature ALOT then I would say forego the hot water spicket on a HX machine.
Reason is simple. The boiler fills with hot water and once full does not empty unless you use the hot water spicket. So if you say pull a few shots a day and then decide you want an americano a few days later and use the spicket you are getting water that's been heated for days, or heated cooled for days depending if you leave your machine on or not. I've tried the water, it's horrid.
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