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    What is the best deal here?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi guys,
    Since the solenoid valve of my coffee machine (BES820) has gone bonkers, and I don't think a solenoid replacement at $130 is a good deal (the machine is quite old and something else may fail). I have decided to look for a new machine.
    There has been quite a long time since I looked at machines, and my budget is not great to be honest.
    The options I found are:
    1 - DE Longhi ECO310BK Icona Espresso Maker @ $159 (brand new). I know very little about De Longhi Machines, but st this price...
    2 - De Longhi Dedica Pump Espresso Maker @ $299 (new)
    3 - De Longhi EC860M Pump Espresso coffee machine @ $359 (new)
    4 - BES840 (new) @ $399
    5 - BES500BSS - Bambino (new) @ $499
    6 - Gaggia Pure Espresso (used) @ $180 (without negotiating)

    What do you guys think is the best option (bang for buck)?
    Any comments on De Longhi Machines?
    I have not seen many Gaggia Espresso Pure machines around.

    Thanks for any help.

    Cheers



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    You're probably best with what you're familiar with. The Bambino only comes with pressurised baskets and the Breville 840 is superior to the others mentioned. However, the Breville BES 920 double boiler is on clearance at Harvey Norman $820 'till Friday, worth considering if you can afford to step up.

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    $820!? My wife would kill me...

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    Agree with Erimus.

    Depends on what your budget is - you could look at a second hand machine that would last a lot longer and the coffee of better quality. Having said that the BES 920 punch well above their weight for price vs quality.

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    It's a shame the 920 is out of your budget. Have you thought of a Behmor - Brazen from our own site. If I had room in My kitchen for another coffee making appliance this would definitely be there. For some strange reason filter/dripolator coffee is vastly underrated in Australia.

    https://beanbay.coffeesnobs.com.au/V...-coffee-brewer

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    My issue with the dripolator is that I will end up doing too much coffee!
    It ends up staying on the jug and so on.
    I quite enjoy drip coffee, but is a different art.

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    Let say I were to buy a used BES920. What should I look for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dschmeda View Post
    Let say I were to buy a used BES920. What should I look for?
    A new one....or a Silvia in good nick...
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    Sadly outside my budget...

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    There is a post or two from BES920 owners in this thread, some detailing their issues - https://coffeesnobs.com.au/brewing-e...rs-thread.html

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    dschmeda what's your location?

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    Brisbane mate

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    There is a post or two from BES920 owners in this thread, some detailing their issues
    I saw it, thanks, but there are not many issues discussed there. I guess hat is a good sign

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    Shame you're not in Sydney, can't offer you much from here
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    There have been some great offerings for Silvia/Lelit machines in recent weeks in the 4-Sale Category and there are still a couple up there that include grinders. May need some TLC but at least it will get you going and a chance to learn more about quality espresso machines over time...

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    Thanks I will have a look.
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    Thank you all for the inputs. I ended up buying a second hand Sunbeam BES920. This machine is 15 month old (got the original receipt) and in great condition. I ended up paying the same as the BES840 above. I have made a shot, but this machine is not as straight forward as my old 820, so there will be an adjustment period. Again thank you all for the inputs. Cheers
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    Lots of users here on CS for the BES9xx series of espresso machines, so don't be shy coming back and asking for advice if you need help with anything...

    Have fun,
    Mal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dschmeda View Post
    Thank you all for the inputs. I ended up buying a second hand Sunbeam BES920. This machine is 15 month old (got the original receipt) and in great condition. I ended up paying the same as the BES840 above. I have made a shot, but this machine is not as straight forward as my old 820, so there will be an adjustment period. Again thank you all for the inputs. Cheers
    Itís a great machine once you dial it in. Really good value for money.
    Just look after it, keep it clean and enjoy



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