Love my little guy
So, when I first started using it I couldn't get the milk to steam properly. I then left it on the stovetop and burnt it out. I got it repaired at great expense and since then I have been using it every day. It took about 2 weeks to perfect the grind and henceforth milk. I now get absolutely perfect milk every time. I am also using an aftermarket coffee basket as the one that it comes with makes the coffee too strong and there is only one of me. Works great, perfect coffee everytime.
Looks can be deceiving
Takes about 10 minutes to make a coffee, compared to the breville machines which take about 30 seconds.
Can only make one at a time. Horrible for guests. If you want to make a second you need to wait for the unit to cool down and de-pressurise, otherwise if you try and take off the handle it explodes sending coffee everywhere.
The water compartment is tiny so refills are frequent.
The milk frother is so much louder than other coffee machines to the point where it's sometimes painful.
The seal for the water compartment has cracked on me once.
Live everything about this little guy from the design to its functionality.
I have used this everyday for six years and never had a problem. I take it everywhere with me it is a hit camping. My coffee snob girlfriend (one of the reasons I love her) loves the coffee I make her and rates it verses the best baristas. Just get one already!
Purchased in January 2013 for A$700.00.
Seductive looks, mesmerising brew
I bought my unit off eBay- new and unused- previous owner declared it "too fussy- my Pod machine is so so much easier." So, I bought off the Caf-fiend Philistine for $250.00 and toasted their bad taste with the first magnificent brew. The aroma and the seduction of this machine nearly made me serially unfaithful to my Gaggia Classic, but as dedicated Caffeiniciado, I can balance the love of both and reap the benefits.
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Worth the effort.
The old “Atomic” done better. Making a coffee with The Little Guy is art. You will actually need to learn what it takes to get the best brew. The final product is worth every cent and minute spent.
If you take the time this machine will extract one of the best coffees you have ever tasted.
It is neat, sturdy, easy to clean. The induction top works very well and will help you get things right. The steam wand puts out constant “hot” steam as a proper pressure based machine should. Be cautious with this if you use a pump based machine. This steam is a whole different level. It stretches milk to perfection.
Purchased in November 2018 at Wild Wombat Coffee for A$665.00.
the Little Guy Home Kit is good!
Purchased not too Long ago and is very handy as we have a gas hob. Since my husband does not drink coffee often I have used it almost twice everyday for the past two years! Makes your standard coffees and so far no issues with the machine, cappuccino's are average and requires bigger amounts of coffee beans that con be expensive, but other than that its a great little machine!
Purchased in September 2018.
Will reward those that take the time to work him out.
Great product. As a professional barista of many years, this machine is capable of delivering a cafe standard coffee.
I've had to take time tweaking my own use of this device, but a worthy investment.
Build quality is excellent. It looks fantastic.
Save yourself some time and read the reviews. You'll hit the ground running.
Purchased in August 2014 at Online for A$750.00.
timeless masterpiece of espresso beauty
The quality of this item is exceptional. You pick it up and there's nothing like feeling the weight and seeing the gleaming polished finish. In contrast to other stove top brewers made from aluminium, the Little Guy or 'Otto' looks like and is worthy of family heirloom status. It works wonderfully to extract the coffee and produce the desired crema. It's a slow process that becomes an enjoyable and rewarding ritual, mesmerising to watch, and it'll certainly impress your guests. However, if you live a busy lifestyle and have little time for the beautiful things in life or if art doesn't appeal to you, then just get yourself an instant coffee maker of some sort. One for the connoisseurs.
Purchased in December 2015.
Beautiful object that makes great coffee - once you’ve mastered it.
We’ve had a Little Guy machine for 3 years now, and love it. We use it to make coffee in a holiday cottage with only a gas hob to cook on. The machine is perfect for us.
We drink small flat whites/piccolos and used to make coffee in a plunger, which compared to decent espresso tastes pretty naff. The Little Guy was a huge improvement. It took a bit of initial experimenting, but once we’d mastered it, it makes reliably great coffee that tastes better than most commercial cafes.
It’s not the quickest or most convenient way to make coffee, but it tastes fantastic. It’s also a beautiful and interesting object to have on your bench-top.
Purchased in January 2017.
Makes beautiful coffee but is NOT for someone after a convenient coffee
I'm a long-term owner - around 6 years.
I have the coffee machine and the matching induction hob.
I've posted my review as I understand that Craig has re-started his business again after chucking in the towel.
Coffee Machine - beautifully made, solid and heavy. I've never had any build quality issues.
Induction Hob - well made and reliable HOWEVER, despite the advertising of it's versatility it is NOT suitable for cooking. The hob's over-heat cutout kicks in very quickly if you try to do anything more than boil water on it. If you are looki...ng at a Little Guy - do consider buying the matching hob as it adds consistency to the coffee making but don't expect to cook on it. This is why I haven't given this kit a 5 star rating. NOTE also - the Little Guy machine may NOT actually work on other induction hobs. I think this is stated somewhere in the manual or on the website - and it's true, it wouldn't work on our cooking induction hob.
$600 Useless Paperweight
Firstly for some reason I couldn't log in to my account so was forced to make another review otherwise I would have amended my original post I made 3 years ago titled " Mixed Opinion" under 4 star rating.
So to update the position I'm now in , as predicted in my original post the weak link in the design of this machine, the internal "silicone" hoses have blown, making the machine inoperable. I contacted Craig to be questioned, almost interrogated, with the outcome being that the blame was placed on me. I was told to contact his repairer to ha...ve the hoses replaced for a fee of $180 plus postage. I decided to open up the machine to look at said hoses only to find that 2 of the 4 screws snapped off in the process due to being fused into the threads from corrosion, when showing the the hoses to a professional hose supplier Pirtek I was informed the hoses were in fact "braided PVC" not silicone as stated in the details of the product and that they would make braided stainless steel hoses for nowhere near the $180 price tag I was told from the suggested repairer. These machines are manufactured in China and on closer inspection it shows. I have attempted to drill out the broken screws but to no avail as the quality of the lugholes is that they are off centre leaving no room for error when drilling and re threading. I was told by Craig that he's wrapping up the business so, as unfortunate as that is, I think that if the product had not been made in China maybe I would not now own a $600 paperweight.
Should be called "the fussy little guy"
Don't expect it to be easy. The grind, bean, weight, quality, tamp pressure, heat source and method are all critical to getting even a single usable shot.
Because of the single boiler design you are relying on the perfect amount of back pressure to get not only a decent extraction but also leaving enough pressure to froth 2 cappuccinos, which I've found to be virtually impossible. And if you only want one shot you waste the second because it won't work on one dose.
I've wasted kgs of coffee trying to get consistent shots with limited success. ...
After four years I was having a problem with my extraction. Craig suggested a flush with with a commercial grade cleaner which I sourced from Botero Roasters in Maclean. Brilliant. Turns out that my mineralised bore water had presented a scaling problem. Love this machine.
Great coffee every day courtesy of Craig, the creator of the Little Guy :)
How can I put? I'd honestly just copy and paste the other reviews as they are consistently describing my awesome experience not only with a product but also the whole customer journey.
I've had the Little Guy for years now and Craig, the inventor, "has been making me coffee" every morning consistently without fail.
This significantly improved idea of the Atomic is a standout and made to last a century with proper maintenance. Thanks to Craig your coffee doesn't have any aftertaste as this device is made of stainless whereas other earlier invent...
Awesome coffee / Customer service
Great espresso, made possibly the best coffees I've ever had. I did have some issues early on so reached out to the company, Craig (founder) got in touch and we chatted on the phone for about 15 minutes. We narrowed it down to user error, taking his comments into account it's been working like a dream.
Consistently perfect espresso every day - have had the machine for approx 10 years! Recently had a minor issue with the steam wand, even though machine was purchase so long ago still received amazing customer service from the manufacturer to work out and resolve the problem.
Perfect Espresso Coffee for Home and Travel
I have been using the Little Guy since 2011 (+8 years) and it has been faultless. Great Espresso Coffee and an awesome Flat White. I use it daily at home and also in an off-road caravan when travelling. How good is a real coffee when travelling to remote places in the van! I use with a Little Guy induction top which is via an inverter when travelling in the van. What a great forever investment!
Purchased in August 2011 at Wagga Catering Equpment.
Restored after sales service
Best coffee that I've made from any device and Doug in after sales was great after I damage the seals by allowing LG to sit on gas for far too long
Just the best!
We've had our Little Guy for over 1.5 years now and we can't live without it! The coffee extraction is rich - I liken it to liquid gold - and the crema it produces is luscious, foamy and creamy. It is not a machine that produces a quick coffee; instead, it is a machine that produces a beautifully extracted coffee that is top quality and delicious! A couple of key players in ensuring you get a great brew. Firstly, get the grind right.
This is super important in terms of both taste and steam pressure and secondly, when purchasing, take the time...
Purchased in November 2017 for A$699.00.
What a Guy!
Making coffee with the Little Guy is a positive experience every time. For those who enjoy the process as much as the outcome, this product will leave you feeling like the world is a great place to live in, every morning. That's not to mention the aesthetics!
It takes a few goes to learn how to make great coffee, but that's part of the process of falling in love.
I did had an issue with a seal which broke a few months in. I got in touch, and was very pleased with the customer service and tips. I highly recommend this product!
Questions & Answers
Hey to all TLG owners out there! Anyone know how to pull TLG apart completely? Specifically the group head with the internal silicon pipe attached to it. I think mine has just blown the internal silicon pipes apart - big steam explosion just as I was about to steam some milk and all the pressure dropped out!! I'm in NZ and I dont think there is a repairer here so if I can get it apart I'll replace the pipes myself...........Cheers Carl
Hey guys. I have a milk tip, and a question.
Tip- when texturing milk, only introduce air into the milk while it's cold. Once the milk is warm, introducing air will only ruin the texture. Also the milk jug will squeal for two reasons - not enough air in the milk, or not enough steam pressure.
Question- I struggle to get enough pressure to do a small jug of milk. My extraction is fine, I fill to the bottom edge, have the flame on reasonably high, and wait until the extraction is nearly complete to start on the milk. What am I doing wrong??
Does extraction start before the 8 min mark? Is yes, try a finer grind size until extraction starts on the 8 min mark. Or try using the other basket insert with the small number of holes. That will help with getting the right pressure for texturing.
Hi there, I've been trying to solve this issue of balancing the correct grind and getting the right pressure for texturing milk. I have a manual grinder and have tried both coarse and fine grinds and I find that when you go slightly fine, you achieve good pressure for textuing milk but the extraction is longer and goes over the 8 min mark. And even then, it doesn't seem like it generates enough pressure for a decent textured milk. My theory here is that the finer grind should allow better build up of pressure for texturizing. On the coarser end, the milk wand is super squealy. I'm a bit at a loss as well on how to solve this puzzle.
Hey team. A question, and a comment..
The comment is.. as a barista in a former life I have some milk tips..
-only texture (when the steam tip is near the surface) when the milk is cold. Once it's staring to warm, just spin the milk to the desired temperature. Introducing air into warm milk will split it. Also, the milk jug will squeal if there's not enough air in the milk, or if there is insufficient steam pressure.
Question- I'm struggling to get anough steam pressure to texture a small jug of milk. I'm filling the water right up to the bottom edge and my coffee is extracting fine. I wait until the extraction is nearly done to start texturing.
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