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    Recommended machines

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    Help!

    I am looking at purchasing my first machine at a price of around $1000 or lower. *It is only likely to make 1-2 cups a day most days (unless we have guests etc)

    I started with Choice articles...but then got sidetracked by this site.

    I am well aware of everyones (low) opinions of the Choice article but Ive been left really confused. * :o

    What brands should I be looking at and what grinders to go with?

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    Re: Recommended machines

    Quote Originally Posted by 272A232F352E27460 link=1270554669/0#0 date=1270554669
    Help!

    I am looking at purchasing my first machine at a price of around $1000 or lower. *It is only likely to make 1-2 cups a day most days (unless we have guests etc)

    I started with Choice articles...but then got sidetracked by this site.

    I am well aware of everyones (low) opinions of the Choice article but Ive been left really confused. * :o

    What brands should I be looking at and what grinders to go with?
    :o :o STEP AWAY FROM THE CHOICE MAGAZINE!!


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    Re: Recommended machines

    Welcome AA. In case youre not yet aware you will definitely need a grinder. *If $1000 is your total budget then there are 2 machines I would recommend:

    1. Lelit Combi (available from Talk Coffee and Cuppacoffee ) which has a built-in grinder
    2. Sunbeam EM6910 plus EM0480 or EM0450 grinder

    I have owned both machines and would lean towards to the Lelit for longevitys sake. *Try searching previous threads as there is plenty of information from similar topics which most on here would not want to repeat for the upteenth time.


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    Re: Recommended machines

    Quote Originally Posted by 767B727E647F76170 link=1270554669/0#0 date=1270554669
    What brands should I be looking at and what grinders to go with?
    I remember been in this very position some 2 years ago. I started with a cheap and nasty from our friends at Aldi, the bug bit me and I up-sold to my current home machine a Sunbeam EM6910.

    Great all round machine that knocks out decent coffee, pulls consistent shots and keeps up with the demand for home use.

    If you keep an eye out, Sunbeam will run promo specials from time to time that includes a free EM0480 burr grinder. Good start in grinder world too!

    I bought my machine with the grinder special in September 08 from the Good Guys (Bing Lee in Syd) for around $550.

    When I upgrade next, I will most likely look at a Wega Comnpact or a Diadema

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    Re: Recommended machines

    Quote Originally Posted by 212C2529332821400 link=1270554669/0#0 date=1270554669
    Help!

    I am looking at purchasing my first machine at a price of around $1000 or lower. *It is only likely to make 1-2 cups a day most days (unless we have guests etc)

    I started with Choice articles...but then got sidetracked by this site.

    I am well aware of everyones (low) opinions of the Choice article but Ive been left really confused. * :o

    What brands should I be looking at and what grinders to go with?
    Dont know your location but go to a specialist supplier preferably a sponsor
    Test drive some machines in your budget and learn how to make the brown brew properly

    Quote Originally Posted by 14212C2B1F032F26262525400 link=1270554669/1#1 date=1270554925
    STEP AWAY FROM THE CHOICE MAGAZINE!!
    Long time ago I purchased 2 household products e.g. washing machine on there recommendations
    Both failed (as the technician made many trips for repair)

    KK

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    Re: Recommended machines

    I am located in Perth.

    Ive noticed some divided opinions on the 6910 - especially its tendency to break down. :-/

    Lots seem to like the Silvia but should I go straight for this as a first time macine owner?? Or trade up once I have my training wheels? ;)

    Thanks for all the advice :)

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    Re: Recommended machines

    Quote Originally Posted by 5D5059554F545D3C0 link=1270554669/5#5 date=1270556612
    I am located in Perth.

    Ive noticed some divided opinions on the 6910 - especially its tendency to break down. * :-/

    Lots seem to like the Silvia but should I go straight for this as a first time macine owner?? *Or trade up once I have my training wheels? ;)

    Thanks for all the advice :)
    That depends on how much money you want to burn
    When I was researching I wanted a Silvia but quickly realised that I needed a more substantial machine for my needs so I got a Bezzera Galatea

    KK

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    Re: Recommended machines

    Quote Originally Posted by 1C3831313232081C38243A38570 link=1270554669/6#6 date=1270560073
    That depends on how much money you want to burn
    exactly ;) keep in mind Silvia V Galatea is $800 v $3k :o

    The silvia is a steep learning curve, but i think its a good learning curve, i personally dont think its the right machine for everyone, if you seriously want to get into coffee, but dont have the budget to head north of $1.5k for a machine, this is a great tool to teach you how important brew temperature, dosing and distribution is to the end product(given all other variables are spot on ;D). it holds its value 1000 x better than a 6910,and its build like a tank, it is capable of producing fantastic shots and will produce beautiful silky microfoam with practice. I sold my silvia a while ago that was 5 years old for $500! thats a loss of what.... $80 a year.....ish, that is good resale in anyones books....

    If you can afford it, go the best you can, you need to understand the limitations each type of machine......a search will reveal all, but for example, try making 4 flat whites back to back with a silvia.........make sure you have 20mins spare :-?......that unfortunately is the killer with a single boiler dual purpose machine*, but if your only making 2 drinks, or just shots then itll be perfect for ya....

    *You can pull two shots, steam milk for them, but then you must flush and wait for the brew head to come down to temp before pulling more shots as teh brew head will be too hot, and hot brew water = bitter burnt shots....

    The first serious machine is always the hardest, as you dont really know what you want it for....and where the coffee path will lead you....

    If your 100% that you will follow the coffee path and be passionate about it, i personally would get an aeropress, save my bickies for a while and buy a HX or dual boiler machine.....thats just me though ;)

    Then theres grinders................ ::)

    Cheers
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    Re: Recommended machines

    Go the Lelit Combi.
    As I mentioned before.......itis an awesome machine for making 2-4 coffes quickly.

    No regretts after 3 months and making awesome golden liquid with heaps of microfoam.
    Sure, there is around a 2-3 week learning curve, but once you understand and use good milk and good beans, it really is easy..........:)



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