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    Magimix and Ascano

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    Has anyone had any experience with the Magimix machine? Not a great look, but at least it appears to have 2 boilers and is available here locally in W.A. --- even as far from Perth as Margaret River! I am still toying with the idea of a Simonelli Oscar, but feel parts and service could be a problem. Im just not awfully keen on the more agressive looking s/s models. I see that Belaroma Coffee recommends the Spanish built Ascano which seems to have quite a lot going for it too. Anyone used one of those??

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    Re: Magimix and Ascano

    I suspect that you may be referring to the Kitchenaid dual boiler unit....dunno much about it but I have always said that if they make food processors, but a food processor from them ;).

    Id reckon the Minore II will provide much better value/performance if its dual boiler that you must have....

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    Re: Magimix and Ascano

    Yes, of course I mean Kitcheaid. Sorry. Silly me.

    Anyone have any thoughts on the Ascano?

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    Re: Magimix and Ascano

    Hi Allen,

    Are you refering to the Ascaso? Ascaso is a huge spanish company that manufactures a very wide range of coffee related products. They had a daughter company called Innova that sold domestic coffee stuff, but I gather that they discontinued that name for some reason and started selling stuff under the name ascaso ... with a fair bit of a price hike. If this is the case, I guess that you could look up some reviews of the innova arc and innova dream ...

    Standard rules apply to any machine that you buy: the machine will make crap coffee unless (a) you buy a good quality grinder, (b) you use relatively freshly roasted beans and (c) you are willing to put in a bit of work learning how to use it. FWIW, the Oscar is in an entirely different class from the Ascaso and should out-perform it a million to one. (Apologies if all of that was old news)

    Hope that helps,

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    Thanks Luca. Im not doing very well with names, am I? Your comments are most helpful, and I am really enjoying having joined coffeesnobs. Everyone is so helpful.

    Ill probably keep persuing the "Oscar" as it seems to be the machine that best fits my criteria and seems to get good reviews. As I live 300kms south of Perth, my main reservation about getting one is repairs if anything goes wrong. Ive owned espresso machines for the last 18 years or thereabouts. The last 2 have been Baby Gaggias. as I happen to like the look of them and they make a reasonably passable cup of coffee as long as you ensure everything is hot, the group set and shower head is clean, and the tamp is correct. I just want something now that will provide some instantaneous froth, without a fuss. My wife and I only drink espressos or long blacks, but friends often ask for something with a bit of frothy milk in it, and I am fed up with the fiddle necessary on the Gaggia.

    Incidentally, Ive also been through all the fresh coffee beans and grinders thing, but Im afraid these days I now want my coffee hit to be as quick and easy as possible, and so I now use Lavazza Il Perfetto most of the time. With a better machine though, I may go back and experiment with fresh beans once again. Maybe I need a better grinder than the Gaggia I still have --- well see. Thanks again for your helpful advice.

    Allen



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