Post By DavidJJ
Post By gonzob
Thinking to upgrade: Choosing a new mid-range Machine
It is a bit I am entertaining the idea of upgrading from my Gaggia Classic. Basically, what I am searching for is more temp stability (without the need to pid anything) and to obtain a more consistent espresso shot.
In my home we only basically drink espresso or macchiato at best, just to give some guidelines.
As far as the budget is concerned, I would like to shoot 'somewhere in the middle'. Pointing to something better than the Gaggia but, as we usually only make 1 or 2 espressos in the morning, I would avoid to spend more than let's say 1-1.2k on said machine (considering second hand of course).
Do you expert CSers have any suggestions to which machines or brands I should consider?
Theres a couple of e61 single boiler machines it would be worth looking at.
Thanks trentski. Which ones do you mean?
Also, what about small low-end second hand "commercial" machines? In these days I went around and looked at some second hand models, but am uncertain if they are a worthy upgrade.
For instance, I have seen a very small Fiamma (I don't remember the exact model, but its size was not much larger than the Rancilio Silvia) and a couple of single group Espressimo (the CMA/San Marino/Astoria rebranded variant).
Another thing to consider is that I cannot take anything that needs to be plumbed in for space reasons.
What trentski said. I'd recommend using the contact form on the website to send an email asking sponsors for recommendations and quotes, make a short list from there and then arrange to check them out 'in the metal'.
Personally I have a Profitec/ECM bias so would lean toward the ECM Classica - tiny footprint, uses the modified ECM E61, looks great and available with PID (which I would consider essential for a single-boiler to be used exclusively for straight espresso, but that's just me).
Thanks Magic_Matt. That would be a great machine, but I am unsure if I can find one second hand in my price range. I would also try to avoid brass boilers, as a personal preference.
Will try to shoot a message to the sponsors as you suggested.
My espressos picked up markedly when I bought my La Pavoni Pro (previously a Silvia). It's not a machine that you use for entertaining a hoard of people, but for a few espressi at a time it's great. And for $1.2K you get a brand new one.