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    Moving to New York...

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    Hi guys,

    Just wanted to ask what's the best course of action if I'm moving over to the US or a two year period.

    I've got a Rocket Giotto Premium and an Macap M4D.

    Not sure if I should:

    1. Get a converter in the US and ship both items over with my other furniture.
    2. Keep (or sell) it for when I return and buy a new combo over there
    3. Or convert the machine to US voltage and ship it.

    Any ideas?

    Cheers,
    Ron

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    I'd recommend option 2 Ron. Conversion is prohibitive. Some US laundries have 240V but I'd just mothball it and buy and then sell something suitable over there.

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    240v is not just available in laundries and other commercial/industrial sites in the US. It's a rare house in the US that is not supplied with 240v service. With that said however you will typically not see any 240v outlets in US homes other than for a specific item such as a stove. 240v wiring for other devices such as central A/C's, and hot water heaters is usually hardwired in.

    I'm not acquainted with the Aussie electrical grid other than from what I've seen with your 240v using a 2-wire system (A 240v leg and a ground/neutral leg?). The US's is a 3-wire system comprised of 2:120v legs and a neutral/ground leg with some 240v devices/outlets in the US using a 4-wire system with the neutral and ground being 2 separate wires. Plus the US uses 60hz while AUS is 50hz. So.....even though 240v's is available in US homes it may not work with 240v devices from AUS.


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    We do actually utilise a 3-Wire system here Java, but based mostly on the UK system and Reg's (in the early days). 4-Wire systems are mostly restricted to Industrial installations...

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    I had the same issue. I ended up flogging my gear and buying a machine from Chris Coffee (awesome guys) and an HG One, with the idea being that it was a justifiable upgrade from my K6 that I could bring back with me to Australia if/when I came back (actually, it was the only reason I could justify spending 1k on a hand grinder). Since my machine was a Gaggia Classic, the decision to sell was easy; maybe you'd be better of storing your Giotto.

    Conversion of the machine will be cost-prohibitive, conversion of the voltage will be clunky and expensive and not necessarily doable on US domestic circuits.

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    Appreciate the responses! Last thing... Should I store then service when I get back or service before storing?

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    Just as a side note..while I was there a couple of months ago, I found a pretty nice coffee shop on West 39th st (just off 7th Avenue). It is called Cafe Grumpy and I didn't really have any high expectations, but it was actually quite nice. should give it a go!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew1992 View Post
    Just as a side note..while I was there a couple of months ago, I found a pretty nice coffee shop on West 39th st (just off 7th Avenue). It is called Cafe Grumpy and I didn't really have any high expectations, but it was actually quite nice. should give it a go!!
    FYI?... Cafe grumpy have several outlets in NY (9 at the last count). All of those I have tried are excellent.
    they roast their own blends and most notably they recently replaced Starbucks at a prime location in Grand Central !
    ....and more to the point the whole outfit is owned and run by an Aussie couple .
    Also of note is that Tobys have a roastery and cafe in Brooklyn with good product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blend52 View Post
    FYI?... Cafe grumpy have several outlets in NY (9 at the last count). All of those I have tried are excellent.
    they roast their own blends and most notably they recently replaced Starbucks at a prime location in Grand Central !
    ....and more to the point the whole outfit is owned and run by an Aussie couple .
    Also of note is that Tobys have a roastery and cafe in Brooklyn with good product.
    that..I did not know!! Had I have known that I probably would have saved myself a lot of walking hahaha
    none the less, I was happy to walk for good coffee in a city that has some of the worst coffee ever.

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    I made a few other suggestions a couple of months back..last few posts here..
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/notau/2832...tml#post529214



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