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Thread: What do you think about the little guy?

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    What do you think about the little guy?

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    Help! I dont know about coffee but willing to start and learn. I want to give my partner a machine but he wants it with the grinder. I have seen the express barista Breville and The little guy. I dont mind buying a separate grinder. I am leaning towards the little guy as it got better reviews. Any suggestions? What do you think about the little guy?
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    I'm alright, I suppose.

    welcome to CS. Someone sensible will help you in just a moment.

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    Welcome See if you can stretch your budget to a small single boiler machine like a Gaggia or Lelit. Skip the thermoblock machine if you can.

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    The little guy is a stovetop espresso maker pauly

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    Got it. I thought odavid was calling the small Breville "the little guy".

    I found a pic:


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    This looks ok but my first thought is that the water tempt is going to be very high. Burnt coffee is my guess.

    For budget coffee you can use the pourover. I have an $11k espresso setup and use the CHEAP pourover half the time. It makes a an amazing long black. See a simple Hario decanter below.


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    Seriously now. I know nothing about the little guy, except that they look great.

    Surely someone here can comment on them??
    what I do know is, if your budget is tight, that you can put a lido hand grinder with it and it (the grinder) would do a great job (sub $300 still?) As good as an electric one of twice the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortblackman View Post
    Surely someone here can comment on them??
    I can, and unless you have first hand experience of one, you can't.

    This was originally released as the Otto and then renamed. The US patent for it came through about a week ago and it was invented by Craig Thiron.

    They do need a little care, but they produce great espresso and have adequate steam for breakfast coffee....

    It's light years ahead of an Atomic in terms of what it puts in the cup...

    I rarely use mine (too many options), but it makes for a great weekend away traveller or everyday option for a 1-2 person household with time to create very, very good coffee. It would be a perfect match with a Lido grinder.
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    Hi Odavid

    If you do a search of 'OTTO' you'll find plenty of threads about snob's experience with what is now called 'The Little Guy'. Craig was briefly a sponsor of the site and I recall a thread in which he explained the difference between an Atomic and OTTO.

    I bought one from Craig during the Snobs fundraiser a few years ago - a beautifully crafted thing, which was quite nice to use, but ultimately wasn't quick enough for me in the morning to get my fix.

    Cheers

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    Hi oDavid,
    I have one which I purchased when they first came out about 5 years ago.
    I love it.
    It makes brilliant coffee and is truly a thing of beauty. It certainly attracts a lot of positive comment when in use

    I think purchasing one depends on how many coffee's you will make a day. If you are just going to have one each they are great, they are either stove top or you can buy an induction top with it which works very well

    From start to finish it is about 15 -20 mins to make 2 milky coffee's (with the induction top), however if you buy a powered machine they will take this time just to warm up
    To make a 2nd cup each you need to cool it down by plunging in cold water or wait 20 mins and this is where a powered machine will be quicker

    We use ours every time we travel and put it in our checked in luggage, however they weight about 6kg so less shoes!

    Craig Hiron the owner is a great bloke and a wealth of information. His website has really good instructive video's on it. If you are keen email him directly from "The Little Guy" website, but I have no regrets buying mine

    Good luck
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    Thanks for all the replies everyone! I have decided on getting the little guy or Otto as an everyday use. Ill have to get a good grinder for that too anyone who is willing to sell their Otto or grinders please dont hesitate to let me know

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    What do you think about the little guy?

    As this thread is probably the closest thing we've got to an Otto Espresso or The Little Guy owners thread I thought I'd post this here. If any of you Otto/Little Guy owners have watched the videos that Craig and his team have on their website and YouTube channel you may have seen the 'tips' video that recommends a Pelican 1300 case for transporting these units. I'd been planning on getting one at some stage, but they're a bit pricey so I was was just waiting and keeping my eye out for used ones or budget alternatives in the meantime.

    I got sick of waiting recently so went hunting for budget alternatives as I knew they were out there. I'd seen some stuff online, but nothing the right size, and they weren't really much cheaper either. So I went to Bunnings yesterday as I knew they had something and found a couple of cases from a couple of different brands. Prices were better, but sizes were still wrong. It did however prompt me to start using the correct terminology in Google which is 'safe case' apparently. A quick Google search turned up the Tool Pro range at Supercheap Auto. And voila!!! Sizes are very similar to Pelican so I've been able to buy the 'small' which works well for what I need it for. Quality is surprisingly good, especially when I only paid...........NZ$21!!!! This was the sale price, but full price is still only $26. Full foam packing is included and everything. Amazing value really and I thought it was worth sharing for any Otto/TLG owners in Australia or NZ.


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    Site Sponsor Alternate Brewing currently has "The Little Guy" on special at $399 delivered in case anyone's interested. This to match David Jones current special I suppose?

    Shame we don't see these Site Sponsor specials mentioned on here occasionally?

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    Yeah I saw that too. Thatís an absolute steal at that price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CafeLotta View Post
    Shame we don't see these Site Sponsor specials mentioned on here occasionally?
    They do. I read Cafe Lotta's specials weekly, always seem to have the latest info. As I mentioned before, you do a great job at this.

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    Shame I can't mention the new Bezzera Mitica Top that's out there for $2590 at the moment. Great price for a Rotary pump Hx machine.

    Only just stopped myself buying a Rocket R58 for $3500 this last week. Still a fan of copper boilers over SS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CafeLotta View Post
    ... "The Little Guy" on special at $399 delivered in case anyone's interested....
    Get one while you can as these will sadly soon be unobtanium. Craig Hiron put his soul and life savings into this awesome piece of kit.

    Sadly it didn't sell in sufficient numbers. Kleenmaid then rebirthed the concept before they screwed him over. I have it on good terms that stumps have long been pulled.

    Whilst I don't often use mine, I am in awe of a brilliant initial design which was reinvented into an awesome traveller or home machine for one.

    As with so many great Aussie concepts, if they get ignored, they ultimately go away. Perhaps people bought $h!t pod machines instead.

    It's a damn shame that really clever is too often not rewarded with a break even.
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    Guys,

    Thanks for the heads-up on the $399 special at Alternative Brewing. I read about the Little Guy previously, and was suitably impressed. Then I saw them at DJs, but couldn't get one. Just ordered one from ABs. Very happy camper now, (literally).

    Cheers, Steve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stavros View Post
    Guys,

    Thanks for the heads-up on the $399 special at Alternative Brewing. I read about the Little Guy previously, and was suitably impressed. Then I saw them at DJs, but couldn't get one. Just ordered one from ABs. Very happy camper now, (literally).

    Cheers, Steve.
    Always good to hear about CS members taking advantage of these good deals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CafeLotta View Post
    Always good to hear about CS members taking advantage of these good deals.
    Yes! very appreciative of the weekly CafeLotta specials announcement! In future we will try to publish our specials and more on our site sponsor thread a little more often
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    Quote Originally Posted by CafeLotta View Post
    Site Sponsor Alternate Brewing currently has "The Little Guy" on special at $399 delivered in case anyone's interested. This to match David Jones current special I suppose?

    Shame we don't see these Site Sponsor specials mentioned on here occasionally?
    Your wish is granted: https://coffeesnobs.com.au/sponsors/...tml#post659645


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    As much as I would love to order up a Little Guy and induction stove at your incredible prices I'm afraid this years budget has been wrung dry (And then some!) by recent unexpected vehicle repairs. I'll just have to keep admiring them from afar.

    Congrats to all the lucky stiffs who manage to score one of these little beauties!


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