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    Mia by Grimac

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    Hi folks,
    Just been to the Melbourne Good food and wine show at Jeffs shed. Usual stuff, cheeses, chutneys, chillies jams, yoghurts and wine etc. All good. A few coffee pod distributers and their machines. A couple of the regular coffee displays, Ginders and Lavazza. Lygon imports had a small stand, but no Silvias on display. I did see this brand. Havent seen it before, any one got one? As we were on a mission, I didnt get time to ask a price.

    http://www.grimac.it/en/en_prod_prof.html

    Boris

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    Re: Mia by Grimac

    Hey Boris, i recently read a review of this machine at homebarista.com. It was reviewed by a professional barista, who had never used or owned a domestic machine before. He rated it really well - heres a link to the review:

    http://www.home-barista.com/pros-perspective-mia.html

    cheers,
    Matt

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    Re: Mia by Grimac

    Im sure it is a great machine. I read the review. Very through.

    I saw them on a australian website for about $2500.00.

    I would think though that all similar machines based on E61 groups would perform similarly, up to a point anyway. This one has a very small 1.3L boiler whereas most machines in this class have a 1.8L boiler.

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    Re: Mia by Grimac

    Read the review as well a couple of weeks ago and found a shop in Melbourne that sells them so, looking around for a nice E61, I dropped in there and they kindly let me pull a few shots with it side-by-side with a Giotto.
    They only stock the semi-auto model, but the performance was great.
    Beautiful espresso and tons of steaming power (despite what the HB.com review said about its steaming ability).
    If I were looking to choose between it and a Giotto, it would be a line ball.
    Mia is an updated version of the old Grimac LaUno machine for which there are a couple of reviews on CoffeeGeek.
    Parts and functionality-wise, it seems to be very similar (suspiciously so, do they come from the same BFC .Srl factory?) to a Diadema Junior.
    Same boiler size, wattage, switchgear layout, steam& hotwater wands etc.
    Boiler size doesnt seem to hurt the Diadema/LaValentinas performance if reviews are anything to go by.
    It would be interesting to hear comments from CS owners of Diademas about this.

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    Re: Mia by Grimac

    Deja Vu???

    This reminds me of the very first couple of posts I made to CoffeeSnobs some time ago...same/similar subject.

    There **used** to be an association between BFC and Grimac. BFC used to build these machines for Grimac, but I am reliably informed this has been no more for some time. I guess the Grimac people are getting someone else to build something simlar. Check build quality of the Grimac machine & compare to the Juniors, because the build quality of BFC machines is very high!

    The smaller boiler size of these, as compared to others similar, *is somewhere approaching irrelevant in the scheme of things...and as you say Tim the independent reviews dont indicate any problems. Any individual brand / model / machine design either works well in real life conditions as presented by the manufacturer...or it doesnt.

    Regardz,
    FC.

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    Re: Mia by Grimac

    From what I saw you are on the money FC, the Mia is a lovely machine but the sides are one-piece molded plastic. Dont get me wrong its a great looking unit, but in contrast the Diademas are all stainless and built like a proverbial tank!

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    Re: Mia by Grimac

    Here are some very concise thoughts comparing this to other E61 based prosumer machines.

    Pros: Larger water tank than most(all?) similar machines, although I note the review says 4l while the Grimac site says 5l.

    Cons: Steam wand looks too short.

    Would need to hit a price point around $2000 to be competitive with equivalent machines.

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    Re: Mia by Grimac

    The guy who reviewed it for HB complained about the length/orientation of the wand and the wand on a Giotto certainly looks better.
    They sell for about $2450 in Oz.

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    Re: Mia by Grimac

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    yeah, Id go for the Giotto.



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