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Thread: The New Atomic

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    The New Atomic

    Once upon a time there was this legendary coffee machine called the Atomic. Yes I know that there are many many people who like myself had had one or more of these machines and loved them.

    As the years have passed and either given as gifts or other circumstances I was left with none of my previously adored Atomics so when the opportunity to purchase a brand new one arose I thought "Yay". This was intended to be a wedding gift, alas I had to find something else.

    Supplied by the only Atomic supplier I know and that has been around since Adam was a cowboy, the machine duly arrived and most disappointedly I found the machine to be faulty, as in manufactured badly.

    Numerous phonecalls and emails to the supplier heralded a new low in customer service. A polishing error was explained and subsequently dismissed as complete and utter rubbish, the use of new materials was again presented as the excuse for the poor workmanship.

    3 Months on and I have finally received a refund and am completely dismayed at the complete lack of faith and or support provided by the supplier.

    The final word is if you are in the market for an Atomic ..... do your research and be aware that the "new" Atomic, whilst looking the part may not be your best option.

    Recreating an iconic machine is great if and only if the end result is the same or better than the original. Enough said.

    Any further information required by all means ask.


    Atomic Fault 1.jpgAtomic Fault 2.jpgAtomic Fault 3.jpg

    Apologies for the quality of the pics ....
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    did it take you long to spot? i had a sorrentina copy of the atomic (in racing green). i was besotted with it and don't recall if this was an issue on it or not. certainly after seeing the pitting in photo 3 i could then see it clearly in photo 1. and when you are buying new, you want it to be right. will you try picking one up second hand from here?

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    Could we have some more clarification? Was this an Atomic machine or a replica machine?

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    An option now you have a refund - maybe Buy an Otto/Little guy. Beautiful workmanship, locally designed by a great guy (Craig)
    They come up for sale on this site also
    I've had mine for many years and now use it for travelling. Still produces brilliant shots
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    Mrgray: When it first arrived I had a quick look as it was intended as a wedding present. Closer to the event I unpacked it and spotted the problems. No .. I think I am done with Atomics ... sadly.

    Otago: The machine purchased was a genuine Atomic produced by the original suppliers of the Atomic. It is an artisan manufacturing setup that produces genuine Atomics, backed by the distributor. One only has to do a search on Atomic in Australia to realise the dream.

    I do not wish to put anyone off buying an Atomic, I have had three over the years and thought a new one would be good but alas, not to be.

    DR Dave: I have had a look at Otto's ... I do like them ... we shall see ....

    Thanks for the comments gentlepersons ...

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    And guess what? If you are tempted down the Little Guy path I have a complete kit, with custom SS tamper, for sale. See separate post.
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    Evil evil man .......

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    I can't say enough good things about The Little Guy. If you want something with all the beauty of an Atomic but with modern features and a better design it's definitely the way to go. Also the customer service from Craig and the team is second to none.
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    The interesting thing gentlepersons is that there are still a great number of Atomic (originals) floating around. Prices vary greatly and yes I have had a squizzy at the Little Guy. It is an impressive piece of gear and perhaps one day in the not so distant future I will travel down that path. Until then ... thank you for your comments .... and tempting offers .......

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    Evil evil man here.

    It's still for sale!

    He who hesitates......

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    Here's some photos of The Little Guy in action if that helps.




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    Otago Otago Otago ..... of course the correct answer is "LOST" but alas my "Evil Little Guy" friend ..... as tempting as it is ... my impulse purchasing (Atomic rebound therapy) is now under medicated control .....

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    So, Leroy - your Little Guy obviously works OK on a normal induction cook top? Is their own induction cook top therefore essential?

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    The New Atomic

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Quote Originally Posted by Otago View Post
    So, Leroy - your Little Guy obviously works OK on a normal induction cook top? Is their own induction cook top therefore essential?
    We've just got a ceramic cooktop and it works fine. The Little Guy will work on most cooktops. The only thing Craig recommends against using it on is gas, but even that can work if you keep the flame low enough. The benefits of the genuine cooktop are that it's portable, it's easy to use due to essentially being preset and it's preferable to gas if you have a gas stove at home.

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