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    Need a Great Machine

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I am sick of reading fluffy reviews of second rate home machines. I had pretty much decided during the day to buy a Delonghi EASM4500 machine but have read one too many bad reviews on the 3500 model (couldnt find a review for the 4500).
    I want an easy to use machine, easy to clean and idiot proof. I am a busy mum with two small children, needing a quick convenient coffee fix in the morning for me and my husband. Any advice would be appreciated.
    No rubishy cheap crap please! Budget is flexible for fantastic quality

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    Re: Need a Great Machine

    If I read between the lines and I hope its right

    You want push button convenience??
    So I recommend a fully automatic Jura machine they are available in many sizes to suit many budgets

    Last month I convinced my franchise regional office to get a Jura from Gilkatho
    Now they donít know why they did not do it sooner

    KK

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    Re: Need a Great Machine

    Ideally I want a fully automatic machine... BUT I do want quality, so from what I have read so far I will have to compromise and go for something else. I will be sure to look at the Jura you suggested, but what can you recommend if I want something fairly simple but with a better taste than I hear you get from a fully automatic machine?

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    Re: Need a Great Machine

    Jura machines are commercial quality and Swiss made

    As with all things look after them and they will perform as designed
    However there is no substitute for freshly roasted coffee

    This Gilkatho link is the home machines see if you like any of them

    http://www.gilkatho.com.au/shop/Scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=16

    KK

    Edit
    I am not sure where you live
    But CosmoreX also sell Jura in Canberra

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    Re: Need a Great Machine

    Gday needingagreacoffee,

    Welcome to CoffeeSnobs...... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    As "KK" has suggested, if youre prepared to spend the money and go for a quality Super Automatic then a Jura will certainly do an excellent job. You still need to do your bit though, the machine will require regular simple maintenance to keep it both clean and in reliable working order but if you purchase from one of our CS Site Sponsors, you will be well looked after and given all the advice and assistance youll need.

    You should probably consider a decent Heat eXchanger (HX) or Dual Boiler Semi-automatic machine too, coupled with a good quality grinder. Top echelon machines in this category perform at a very high level and are capable of producing the best espresso youre ever likely to drink. It requires the development of good technique on behalf of the people who will be using the machine but as with the Super Automatic machine referred to above, such hardware purchased from one of our site sponsors will ensure that you are provided with tutoring and advice on how to get the best from these machines and of course, the regular maintenance they require. Nothing very onerous though.

    I guess the best advice I could give you, is to visit a reputable specialist retailer and have various machines demonstrated for you and even try a bit of hands-on where this is possible so that you get a feel for whats involved. Needless to say, some of our site sponsors are very well set up in this regard and depending where you are, you (and your husband) may be able to arrange for a morning try-out with a range of different hardware. Nothing like getting your hands dirty to test the differences... ;)

    All the best, :)
    Mal.

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    Re: Need a Great Machine

    Hi needingagreacoffee,

    Another option if you would like to stay away from complex and expensive superautomatic machines is to automate the manual process as much as possible...

    In your situation I would recommend a machine with a volumetric touchpad which can be set to deliver one or two shots of espresso with a grinder which delivers an accurate timed grind. I recommend this strategy to offices wanting something better...

    The procedure is:[*]Remove group handle from machine and dispense a single or double dose of coffee from your grinder- you push a button[*]Load group handle into espresso machine and push a button[*]Texture milk

    The pros: Much better coffee on average and lower maintenance costs
    The cons: You will have to do more than press one button.

    As you get better, you may wish to take more control over the process and you will further improve your coffee.

    Possible machine choices:[*]Expobar office fully auto[*]Diadema Junior Elettronica[*]Vibiemme Domobar Super Electronica[*]LaSpaziale mini Vivaldi II[*]Wega mininova[*]Iberital Handy (Lanna)

    Grinders:[*]Compak K3 touch[*]Mazzer mini-electronic[*]Macap M4D

    There are many super automatic machine heartbreak (breakdown and high repair costs) stories out there. If you must fully automate the process, choose Jura- as others have already suggested.

    You are most welcome to make contact if you would like to further discuss some options...

    Happy shopping ;)

    Chris



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