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    OK - Someone talk me OUT OF buying a Venus!

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    Firstly, Ive got to than the guys at Di Bartoli for the great service they gave me last friday - they give a new meaning to service, and deserve to feel proud of their business :)

    Im very close to deciding on a Venus as an upgrade from my Breville 800ES. *Was also considering the Silvia and even the Ascaso (at quite a bit more than my budget).

    Main reson for upgrade - time to take my coffee making to a new level - when you get better coffee coming from the Sunbeam EM6910 at work with the same beans as at home you know its time to do something about it. *I have ruled out the Sunbeam (at this stage) due to its steamer, which is crap compared to the Breville. *Anyway, I think I want something different (without going over the top on design - I still like the basic, box look).

    So - give me your opinions on this machine - should I go for it, or is there something that Id regret down the track. *FWIW, I am not (yet) in the market for spending $1.5k+, and Ill also be upgrading my grinder from a Sunbeam EM0450 to a Rocky soon (my birthdays coming up ;) ).

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    Re: OK - Someone talk me OUT OF buying a Venus!

    Sheepie,

    Not being aware of the deal you might have with Di Bartoli, but I might suggest that the Venus appears a little expense if youre thinking of heading toward a HX or doubleboiler down the track.
    Other than that Im sure it would do a nice job. Id be inclined to maybe go for a Silvia or a Botticelli and spend more on a better grinder (mazzer, macap, compak) and dont forget a good quality tamper if you havent already got one!

    Mj.

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    Re: OK - Someone talk me OUT OF buying a Venus!

    Gday sheepie,

    Im with Mj, the Venus appears to be a great machine in its own right and probably more up-market than a Silvia but if you have ambitions of upgrading to a HX style of machine in the not too distant future, then you might be better off going with a less expensive similarly capable machine like a Gaggia Classic et al and keeping the pennies saved aside for that later upgrade perhaps. The Classic is a very capable machine in its category and is less than half the cost of a Venus... I guess you could then put the balance of your budget towards a high quality grinder like a Mazzer/Macap which you will never have to upgrade and will balance perfectly with any good quality HX machine you may later acquire.

    Cheers mate,
    Mal.

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    Re: OK - Someone talk me OUT OF buying a Venus!

    Mal is right - the classic will see you through to making the next step up to the bcm (big coffee machine).

    A while back I did a bit of research on machines, including the Sylvia for an idea of what I wanted to upgrade to. I found the sylvia and anything under the 1.5K mark was more or less a sideways step and it was better to save the $$ and making the leap to the HX bezzera I have been drooling over.

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    Re: OK - Someone talk me OUT OF buying a Venus!

    Go ahead with the grinder upgrade.

    Save your pennies until you can afford HX machine. That way there will be no regrets.

    Take coffee to whole new level then.

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    Re: OK - Someone talk me OUT OF buying a Venus!

    hehe - thanks for everyones input!

    The reality is I dont think Ill ever be upgrading that far (to a HX). *In fact, I never thought Id upgrade as much as I did last night ;)



    Grinder to come.

    Thanks again to the great guys at Di Bartolis! *Thanks also to my lovely wife, who said "OK" several times without really understanding what she was agreeing to ;)

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    Re: OK - Someone talk me OUT OF buying a Venus!

    Wow, thats a pretty compact set up - love the flouro (?) above the machine. It must look good in the dead of night :)

    Now, if you had the whole thing on wheels, you could roll it anywhere! :D

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    Re: OK - Someone TALKED me out of buying a Venus ;

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis link=1187743945/0#6 date=1187995937
    Wow, thats a pretty compact set up - love the flouro (?) above the machine. *It must look good in the dead of night :) ...
    Yes, it looks really cool - got it about a year ago off of Ebay, from memory it was something like $50. *Starting to pull reasonable shots from the machine now too - so am very happy :)

    *



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