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    Question Advice needed on first setup

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    Long time lurker, first time poster. After reading way too much information I am still stuck on what I really want to get.
    Currently running with a Hario v60 with a delonghi lattissima touch frother . I also do diy cold immersion brew every now and then.

    I have been looking at the Breville BEP920 with the BCG820 for a while now, if I was to get that I would sell off the BCG820 and get another grinder.... But unsure if the Breville will be suited long term and would rather spend the extra $$$ now rather then later.

    I am currently looking at the Lelit PL41TEMD or the Lelit Dual Boilder PL60/PL60T V2. I am undecided on the dual boiler if it will be worth it in the long run. Main use would be 2-3 lattes at a time and maybe more every now and then.

    Grinder: I have been looking at the Compak K3 Touch with the polished finish or the Lelit PL44MMT to match.

    Any help from the gurus would be appreciated.

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    Hi , I'm not a guru by any means ( 7 years home coffee exp ) l was the same as you recently as what to get , l ended up getting the Breville pack with the grinder
    I relegated the grinder to the caravan with my old sunbeam 6910 , gave the sunbeam grinder to the brother inlaw for plunger duties , and bought 2 commercial grinders used, both in excellent condition

    Now l have to choose between the 2 and move the remaining one on

    Getting nice results in the cup

    Oh l got the Brevilles through Hardly normal on sale and got the extended 6 year full replacement warranty for a good price

    I've dealt with the warranty before and it's painless , very good ,,, also got it on interest free over 5 years , about $34 a month

    Also roast my own green beans from here and sometimes buy local fresh roasted

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    G'day Yorto...

    If possible mate, can you get into specialist retailer (such as our Site Sponsors) for a hands-on demo of various machine/grinder combos that fall within your budget? By far the best way to end up with a decision that you will remain happy with...

    Mal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kesa32 View Post
    l ended up getting the Breville pack with the grinder


    I've dealt with the warranty before and it's painless , very good ,,, also got it on interest free over 5 years , about $34 a month
    May I ask what issues you have had with the bep920 ? One thing I am worried about is Breville lasting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    G'day Yorto...

    If possible mate, can you get into specialist retailer (such as our Site Sponsors) for a hands-on demo of various machine/grinder combos that fall within your budget? By far the best way to end up with a decision that you will remain happy with...

    Mal.
    Hi Mal, hopefully I can soon but in the meantime I will do a bit of research and hopefully get a bit more feedback..I have no budget so to speak. Ultimately the Lelit PL41TEMD would most likely suit my needs most of the time. What I am unsure about is when I need to make say 4 or 5 coffees at a time and how it will handle that. But it seems that the PL60T V2 has the standard 58mm not the normal 57mm that is found on the Lelit. This may make a difference later on, I am not to sure.
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    Hi , haven't had the 920 long , the warranty issue was in regards to a tv awhile ago

    Look, l went with the Breville 920 because of mostly glowing reports and we only drink 4 coffees a day , also with the 6 year replacement warranty l reckon that'll cover me until l retire , then I'll buy something fancier perhaps if I'm not happy with what will be on offer by then , as it is it does some stuff some more expensive units may not do and the steam is nice for our situation here

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    Hi again Yorto....

    Either of the Lelit machines you mention are capable of producing 4-5 coffees in a short space of time. Given that the latter is a Dual Boiler and the former a Dual Purpose Single Boiler, different technique will apply for the PL41TEMD if all of the drinks are going to be 'milk coffees'.

    I never found the 57mm Group Handle/Filter Basket to be an issue at any time. The basket supplied with this machine is top quality and I could never imagine that a different basket would provide better results in the cup. The PL60T V2 offers a more flexible and user friendly experience by virtue of it being a Dual Boiler machine but the results in the cup would be so similar to the PL41TEMD as to be indistinguishable for 98% of users...

    Mal.



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