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    Machine Sex appeal

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    I was thinking about a new machine I wanted and realised all the ones I was interested in were the nice looking machines. Its gotta be a big factor on sales.
    What do you think is the sexiest non commercial machine and the ugliest? I tend to think that Bezzera has them both with the Domus Galatea and the BZ02 - dont like the look of it for some reason. The ECM machines all look nice I think.
    Also is there any machines that you think look terrible but perform really well?

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    Re: Machine Sex appeal

    The Gaggia Classic isnt the prettiest machine (although I like it) but it is a good performer for its price range.

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    hahahaha...some of the Bezzeras look pretty ugly...eg BZ99. Another ugly machine would be Silvia.

    The GS/3 looks very nice. Most EB-61 and E-61 group machines look decent bar Brewtus, maybe LAnna.

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    Silvia is certainly ugly, but I love her anyway. I also have the ugliest tortoiseshell cat, she makes up for her appearance in other ways as well. :D

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    Well Im a "traditionalist".... (probably a sign of mature years ::))

    The older style machines look far better (I certainly wouldnt call them sexy).... they look more like they are built to serve the purpose for which they are intended...

    A lot of modern machines have too much chrome and glitz and glamour for my taste..... I just think the designers have gone over the top with gaudy flair on so many of them.....

    After all- as luca so correctly states - "its whats in the cup that counts" and appearance doesnt help with that. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JavaB link=1179110969/0#4 date=1179112953
    Well Im a "traditionalist".... (probably a sign of mature years ::))

    The older style machines look far better (I certainly wouldnt call them sexy).... they look more like they are built to serve the purpose for which they are intended...

    A lot of modern machines have too much chrome and glitz and glamour for my taste..... I just think the designers have gone over the top with gaudy flair on so many of them.....

    After all- as luca so correctly states - "its whats in the cup that counts" and appearance doesnt help with that. ;)
    I agree, I wonder how good machines would be if more money was spent on the workings and less on the "bling".

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    thats all part of it though, I think alot of people are just there for the bling.

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    what makes you come to that conclusion? who is "alot of people"? CSers....uninformed people?

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    who cares about bling flash fashion,
    just give me the coffee!!!

    Although I do love Silvia, shes purdy :P In stainless looking boxy way!

    If her coffee was crap Id call her names that Im probably not allowed to say on here :D

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    Looks do count - sportscars arent just made streamlined for the wind resistance, it helps sales a lot too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viviane link=1179110969/0#9 date=1179132856
    Looks do count - sportscars arent just made streamlined for the wind resistance, it helps sales a lot too.
    Granted.... some people do choose a coffee machine on looks

    but the appeal of driving a great looking sports car (I can remember my teenage years - just ::)) is different to driving a "bling" coffee machine with respect to its affect on others.... ;) ;D ;D ;D ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wushoes link=1179110969/0#7 date=1179122323
    what makes you come to that conclusion? who is "alot of people"? CSers....uninformed people?
    no not people on here, just the ones with to much money who need something pretty in the kitchen.

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    Thats why Im glad I have my partner in the kitchen, shes pretty , cos Im butt ugly :D
    Silvias, just well.......shiney :)

    back to that corner again......

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    Yes

    well you are not my type either ;)

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    your not pretty! your butt ugly as well!

    there I feel better now.....


    what was the topic again?

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    Bling is in the eye of the beholder ;).... I love my little Bezz.....

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    I nearly bought one on that un-nameable auction site that looked just like that Mal, I like the chunky I mean business look about it.
    I can see me buying one to restore like I used to do with motorbikes..

    I can see this new obession really going somewhere bad......

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    Yes mate,

    Definitely worth doing and the same level of satisfaction associated with the finished product too. I resurrected a couple Triumphs and a Commando 850 in the 60s-70s and that was a lot of fun also. You should give it a go if an opportunity comes up. Got my MiniBar via evilbay from an almost local (600K round trip) restaurant owner who used it at home. Wont be long now before shes fully restored and pulling superlative shots,

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    Re: Machine Sex appeal

    Unico Splendor great coffee, looks like it was built in the 50s no unnecessary switches, lights, beepers etc.

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    oops found the picture


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiserman link=1179110969/15#18 date=1179350644
    Unico Splendor great coffee, looks like it was built in the 50s no unnecessary switches, lights, beepers etc.
    It certainly would be a conversation piece no doubt about it! I cant say it really appeals to me, but isnt that the beauty of being different? It probably make great coffee too!

    I used to have a Gaggia Classic; very 90s styling but made acceptable coffee. I have to say that my Giotto (in my eyes) has both the sex appeal and the credentials to back it up when pulling shots though! Although I suppose to some, having a Giotto is like owning a red Ferrari; perhaps a little cliched, perhaps a little over done (you know..the "everyones got one" thing) but I love it! And JB... mmmm.. chrome!!! ;D

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    Re: Machine Sex appeal

    Quote Originally Posted by Flo link=1179110969/15#20 date=1179361295
    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiserman link=1179110969/15#18 date=1179350644
    Unico Splendor great coffee, looks like it was built in the 50s no unnecessary switches, lights, beepers etc.
    It certainly would be a conversation piece no doubt about it! I cant say it really appeals to me, but isnt that the beauty of being different? It probably make great coffee too!

    I used to have a Gaggia Classic; very 90s styling but made acceptable coffee. I have to say that my Giotto (in my eyes) has both the sex appeal and the credentials to back it up when pulling shots though! Although I suppose to some, having a Giotto is like owning a red Ferrari; perhaps a little cliched, perhaps a little over done (you know..the "everyones got one" thing) but I love it! And JB... mmmm.. chrome!!! *;D
    Agreed on the Unico- they are a fantastic machine and I have never had a single warranty issue with any Unico or Diadema...They are the Qantas of espresso machines and the build and performance are incredible 8-). Attilio of Cosmorex imports them and he generously allows me to sell them as well! I hear that some companies have replaced the side panels with customised ones with their logo....How cool! 8-)


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    Not to mention they dont have a huge footprint, which is a great thing in the kitchen, where sometimes bench space is an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman link=1179110969/15#21 date=1179362204
    I hear that some companies have replaced the side panels with customised ones with their logo....How cool! *8-)
    Now that would be a talking point!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiserman link=1179110969/15#18 date=1179350644
    Unico Splendor great coffee, looks like it was built in the 50s no unnecessary switches, lights, beepers etc.
    yeah, thats a sexy machine

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    Re: Machine Sex appeal

    i used to work on one of these. I soon got over it when I realised it really wasnt anything special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunu link=1179110969/15#22 date=1179363417
    Not to mention they dont have a huge footprint, which is a great thing in the kitchen, where sometimes bench space is an issue.
    Yep that is handy now that a super jolly is sitting beside it. Looks like a Rottie protecting its owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flo link=1179110969/15#23 date=1179383205
    Quote Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman link=1179110969/15#21 date=1179362204
    I hear that some companies have replaced the side panels with customised ones with their logo....How cool! 8-)
    Now that would be a talking point!
    Like this one?


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    Perhaps you should change your name to photo(shop)god.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viviane link=1179110969/0#9 date=1179132856
    Looks do count - sportscars arent just made streamlined for the wind resistance, it helps sales a lot too.
    I have two theories
    1) Perhaps nature reveals beauty when you have to work or around it, and the fact that aerodynamically efficient designs look sexy just happens to be an example of this

    2) You design something to be aerodynamic because its fast. A fast, dangerous and exhilirating car causes you to associate the look of that car with these thoughts which are "sexy"

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    Re: Machine Sex appeal

    Sex appeal is a factor IMHO. If a machine is going to occupy a good slab o kitchen bench, it should look good...

    The sexy ones Id love to have:
    LM GS3

    Synesso Cyncra (1 group)


    My top 3 in a realistic price bracket (so seeya GS3 and Synesso 1 group *:-[)

    Apart from looks, these machines can all put the result in the cup- which is why we buy them in the 1st place

    1. Vibiemme Domobar Super Lever

    2. Giotto

    3. Splendor (great for older look kitchens)....


    I also love the Makin and Bezza Domus Galatea


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    ...salavating now

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    nice post, they are all very nice

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    Re: Machine Sex appeal

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    Its a totally personal thing- of the 4 that come through our house regularly with the kids etc, the Botticelli is probably the prettiest, the Via Venezia is cute and chunky, the Quaha is very funcional looking and the Bezzera in bright red is compact and agricultural- cute in the way a well polished Massey Ferguson tractor was!
    The main factor- can their idiocyncracies be worked around to produce great coffee- to varying extents, yes. Do they look good on the bench? Yes.

    Am I happy? Do I still have a challenge and room for improvement?
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