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    Aaaaargh! Please Help.. EM8910 Broken ..What Next? up to $1000

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    Morning All. Love the site ...have been a guest for a long time but never registered...I dont know why. Anyway have now :)

    Okay..bought a em8910 off ebay for $100...yep jackhammer...but i liked the coffee. Believe it couldve been better though. For a fully automatic it did the job. Anyway the board needs replacing and theres a crack in the boiler...i doubt its worth the $400 to fix right? Sounds steep to me considering i can get the board off ebay $50 cheaper to start with...anyway...

    What im after is to increase my knowledge of making a great espresso. I like the automatic as it ground my coffee as wel, but from this site ive learnt that is not always the best way to go...and i will need to practice tamping obviously but all this im willing to learn.

    We are a pretty rushed family in the morning...when coffee is priority...so something still easy to use quick enough would be good. Budget is up to $1000..any less is obviously great.. including any grinder that i may or may not need. bear in mind im after quality make..and i will get a warranty. if theres anything slightly over i will consider it...i come from a long line of barterers :)

    Any suggestions?..Any specials u know of?...cheers

    oh and if u think replacing a board can be done at home let me know as i may just fix it anyway to sell

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    Welcome to the other side ;)

    A few options but it might be best to go visit one or more of the sponsors here and get a touchy feely experience of what is out there.

    Fully autos have there place but producing great coffee is not going to happen, they can produce a "good" coffee and as you found out are Exe to maintain if anything goes wrong.

    If you want convenience and quick coffees in the morning then a fully auto may still be the way to go but most here wouldnt.

    Semi auto 6910 Sunbeam and the 480 grinder package is an option but get extra warranty as you may well need it. Convienient if there is a few of you to get coffees for in a row due to the dual thermoblocks. Downsides too (do a search)

    Lelit Combi, nice and compact machine grinder combo, tough as nails but there is a delay going from shot making to steam and back. Slow for more than 2 at a time.

    Pavoni Lever for that full manual experience and a 480 grinder, quirky touchy but makes a great coffee once you get it sorted. No good for a larger group either.

    Also Gaggia Saeco etc that get floged by some of the appliance shops, check the boilers most are aluminium and have the same delay from shot to steam.

    Just over the $1k stats the Silvia or the new Gee (more like $12-1600 with grinder)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 170F19121509181F1F0815095A0 link=1286839669/0#0 date=1286839669
    We are a pretty rushed family in the morning...when coffee is priority...so something still easy to use quick enough would be good. Budget is up to $1000..any less is obviously great.. including any grinder that i may or may not need. bear in mind im after quality make..and i will get a warranty. if theres anything slightly over i will consider it...i come from a long line of barterers

    More info needed..

    Do you have 3 or 11 in your family *;D

    Do they all like espresso or do some of the less mature, still like the milk stuff *;D

    Where do you intend to get ya beans from - The markets on a weekend or that 24/7 place down the road * :D

    Quick for me is island time... *1 or 2 hrs or are you a 30Sec type *:o

    Quality at $1000 is a bit light on if just for a grinder on its own *:o

    In effect it sounds like you maybe after a Sunbeam / Lelit combi or other special deal where you can have a basic manual system and grinder - for about $800 to $1100 plus..

    Problem is - this is not top end *high usage products at this $$$ *It is basic entry stuff. *Further more; treat with kid gloves and it will give you good service. Treat a bit rough and it will bite you in 5 min.

    PS. Please refrain from the Term Quality. As it can often mean the wrong thing and people make their own assumptions. *Quality has to be defined for each item and thus something can be 100% quality but the fit for purpose and other requirements may not be defined as you might percive *;)


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    Thanks for the quick responses...as most things in life...the more the better!!

    6910 is in my thoughts after looking at this site. Lelit Combi...i will do a search as soon as this post is done.

    Well its a small family. Wife and I are the only drinkers. Wifey likes cappas...me i like all types of coffees. Dont really have a favourite...keep the mystery in our marriage somehow :) ...plus i like the look the wife gives me when im trying to decide at a coffee shop (yes i know...shock horror!!)...i like to irritate her sometimes :P


    I love the term Quality...or is it brainwashed into me from my job?

    Time for coffee making in the morning is equal to my love making time...5-10 minutes...maybe longer if the beans are good :)

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    The Lelit Combi looks great...I read somewhere it has a problem with the tamper that comes with it? But i guess just buying another would solve that. I can get a 480 grinder for $100 if i decide to go the 6910 option.
    The Lelit Combi surely would be a better build though and if i look after it less maintenance issues?
    Thoughts?

    thanks again

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    BTW with the 4-5 minute comment, all machines be they auto or manual benefit from a good warm up of 20-30 minutes. Time to make coffees is fairly similar on all after that. The Pavoni is a slight exception to that at 14-15 minutes.

    Flick it on go do what you need to do then make coffee in the morning.

    The sponsors will sort you out with a tamper to suit the Lelit if you go that way. Or a custom from Pullman for an early Christmas ;)

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    All systems require lots of work to maintained ..... It may just be that one is of a stronger build... Thus less likely to break so soon with miss use.

    Ps. what quality stuff does you work go on about? Certification or Acrediation and to what ISO standard ?

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    Work in Compliance and Auditing within food safety.

    Hence the importance of good coffee coming from good equipment :) well thats the way i look at it

    Quote Originally Posted by 3037333C343E2B3B3C35520 link=1286839669/5#5 date=1286844151
    custom from Pullman for an early Christmas
    They certainly look snazzy :) might just get one for the heck of it..haha

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    oh..."Good" Beans help ...FRESH!!!

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    Where are you so we can point you to the nearest sponsors?

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    Sunshine coast Qld...Tried having a look around today (during work time shhhh) ...could find nothing and not much help to get me that nothing. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 726A7C77706C7D7A7A6D706C3F0 link=1286839669/10#10 date=1286880643
    Sunshine coast Qld...Tried having a look around today (during work time shhhh) ...could find nothing and not much help to get me that nothing. Any help would be appreciated.
    Couple of CSérs up your way and the only sponsor would be Pioneer Coffee Roastery but doubt they can offer any assistance with the Em8910.

    Another CS member Lacehim *is dropping into my place next week, maybe to pick up some things...

    He may be able to drop off your dead system and I can have a look but - IT would be as a last chance and I offer no outcome.

    Just PM Lacehim and see what is possible

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    Oh...Am willing to travel as far as south bris as long as there will be something to tempt me enough at the other end. Just please dont send me to Myer :) ..They dont like me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6B73656E6975646363746975260 link=1286839669/12#12 date=1286881915
    Oh...Am willing to travel as far as south bris as long as there will be something to tempt me enough at the other end. Just please dont send me to Myer :) ..They dont like me.
    As above.. PM Lacehim

    As to a place with a selection of machines... Di Bella Coffee has a fair selection but Supreme Roasters are worth looking at but a bit further south.

    QCMS have some stuff, but you need to seriously consider just how much your budget will stretch :D And what you actually NEED VS WANT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 517E7775625D717E7177757D757E64100 link=1286839669/11#11 date=1286881523
    He may be able to drop off you dead system and I can have a look but - IT would be as a last chance and I offer no outcome
    Sounds awfully nice of ya...appreciate that.

    Ill check out the Pioneer. I heard of a place in cotton Tree today...will check there over next few days.

    Still i seem a little excited about the thought of a letit or maybe a silvia?

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    Yep...i recognise the pioneer now that ive seen the site...next to one of my fav shops,, the nutshack!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 61796F64637F6E69697E637F2C0 link=1286839669/14#14 date=1286882403
    Still i seem a little excited about the thought of a letit or maybe a silvia?
    I can not speak as to teh Letit but I personally dont rate teh Silvia as high as some might...

    All depends on your expectations and throughput.

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    Welcome "MUCHOSBEEROS"... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    Personally, I think you get a lot more bang for your buck with the Lelit machines but opinions vary of course. With all the planets aligned and your tongue firmly planted in the right corner of the mouth, the Silvia will reputedly pull an ever so slightly sweeter shot than the Lelit but 99.99% of us wont be able to tell the difference, as a straight espresso shot anyway. With milk coffees, its even more difficult to pick a difference...

    Anyway mate, the advice above is worth noting and probably the best is to take a trip down as far Supreme Roasters at Yatala then work your way back North through QCMS and Di Bella. Would be a good day trip and time well spent.... 8-)

    Happy hunting :)

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    Re: Aaaaargh! Please Help.. EM8910 Broken ..What Next? up to $1000

    Ive scoured the sponsors sites. Simple question: If i would like to at least "look" at the Lelit Combi it doesnt seem like anyone near me is stocking them according to their domestic machine menus. Before i go emailing off does anyone know of a stockist in qld? Cheers.

    I understand that by them not being shown on site they may still have them :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70687E75726E7F78786F726E3D0 link=1286839669/18#18 date=1286912250
    Simple question: If i would like to at least "look" at the Lelit Combi it doesnt seem like anyone near me is stocking them according to their domestic machine menus. Before i go emailing off does anyone know of a stockist in qld?
    Look here: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1211848740

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    Thanks Dennis...have just sent an email to Neli coffee

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5A7B7070776D1E0 link=1286839669/19#19 date=1286917006
    Quote Originally Posted by 70687E75726E7F78786F726E3D0 link=1286839669/18#18 date=1286912250
    Simple question: If i would like to at least "look" at the Lelit Combi it doesnt seem like anyone near me is stocking them according to their domestic machine menus. Before i go emailing off does anyone know of a stockist in qld?
    Look here: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1211848740
    Thanks Den... Little jems like that - Sponsor agent - often escape the general read.

    Gives a chance for others in Brisbane etc a chance to visit and look at other opportunities AND they are teh north side as well ;D

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    I can definitely recommend the lelit, it is a solid machine, easy to use and clean, and it makes a fantastic shot.

    It heats up quite quickly, and i really dont find the delay from shot to milk to be a problem, by the time i empty the PF and get my milk and jug sorted its ready to steam. it is a great machine for 2 coffees it can easily handle 2 milk drinks every morning (4 or more milk drinks can be a bit of a challenge)

    personally, i think you get more value for money with the lelit over the silvia, and the quality and reliability of lelit is better than sunbeam.

    goodluck with your decision!

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    As a new Lelit Combi owner I have to agree about the heating time. Not a problem. Boiler, group, pf all gets quite hot very quickly.

    Flick the steam switch and its ready to steam before I am (well, I spose that nothing to go by as Im still very much learning).

    Run water through the group and it recovers quickly. Heating has not been an issue, I do miss a cup warmer though.

    Steam arm - would be good if it actually sat over the drip tray within its arc.

    But mainly I like the idea of having everything in one tidy unit, 1 power plug and solidly put together.




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