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    Choice -  August 2004 article.

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    The link is a scan of the August 2004 Choice magazine article on (home) Espresso Machines and grinders.

    http://mediapix-australia.com/coffee/index.htm

    (same post, cross posted into "Brewing Equipment and "Grinders" because is sort of fits in both)

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    Re: Choice - *August 2004 article.

    I am shocked by this article!! When reading the section on previously tested machines ... the Gaggia classic tested lowest on taste.

    Nespresso is ranked first???

    Just who are these testers?

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    Re: Choice - *August 2004 article.

    I always take CHOICE articles with a kilo of salt!

    I read this article when I was going through my upgrade and discounted most of it as the range of machines they tested was too small and very selective.

    I mean, if youre going to include a machine in there that costs $930, why wouldnt you include the Silvia and a few others as test cases?

    Also, the criteria they end up using for a LOT of these CHOICE tests seems to be slanted in a very specific way so as to give them the result they are looking for.

    In the end, I trusted opinions from places like here and coffeegeek a lot more.

    I have not been disappointed with my purchases.

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    Re: Choice -  August 2004 article.

    I havent seen the article but the last time Choice reviewed espresso machines it was a complete joke, with the testers clearly not having *clue 1* about espresso making, let alone any of the subsequent clues.
    I recall hearing that Alan Frew was quite scathing about the hopelessness of their previous effort, and copped a fair bit of flak from them for it.
    When you get brilliant analysis like marking down the gaggia because the filter handle was "too heavy" then its clear the individuals concerned should stick to reviewing toasters...

    Dennis

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    Re: Choice - *August 2004 article.

    How could anyone justify nesspresso being the top choice? The fact that you cannot use the normal grounds is such a large hadicap that the machine ought to be relagated to the class of a toy/trinket and not a machine.

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    Re: Choice - *August 2004 article.

    To know a great Coffee Machine is to know your coffees well or at least have a great appreciation for it...... I wonder what the Choice people have in their office kitchen..... Necafé, Intl Roast?....... Need I say more except!

    Buy Quality Buy peace of mind...... Get advice from those who actually do know and arent out for a buck... :)

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    Re: Choice - *August 2004 article.

    the breville machine also rated well in NZ consumer mag. My sister has one and loves it she had an Ariete or however its spelt.

    It dosnt say the credentials of those doing the testing.

    Sunbeams new $99 machine aparently does a better job than some of thier more expencive machines as it has a real boiler and not a thermoblock.

    Im thinking of buying one of these for work.

    Rich

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    Re: Choice - *August 2004 article.

    Remember these choices are for the consumer in general. Pod machines mean robotic coffee that requires little or no thinking on the part of the operator. :-X

    Go forth grasshopper be at one with the pod! ;D

    Did they even test a Silvia?

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    Re: Choice - *August 2004 article.

    Id better sell the Classic for a Krups - them thermoblock Nespresso machines are just the ticket!
    Im surprised the Gaggia Cubika didnt rate better since it has that nice light aluminium PF instead of the heavy, clunky brass one of the Baby & Classic.

    A Sylvia would rate MUCH worse than a Gaggia in Choice testing.

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    Re: Choice - *August 2004 article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaanage link=1095730215/0#8 date=1095840496
    since it has that nice light aluminium PF instead of the heavy, clunky brass one of the Baby & Classic
    Thats it Greg. Cant have them there consumers aquiring RSI lifting a heavy brass P/F can we? Bucolic, commercial size P/F is a no-no in a consumer testing world. 53mm (or so) and a nice deep-dish aluminium or its equivalents are the way to go in todays modern lifestyle. ;D

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