Hi Gregster -Originally Posted by Gregster link=1128569863/0#0 date=1128569863
If you are spending that sort of money, you are obviously doing so because of the convenience of the Superauto machines. *But dont underestimate what they are capable of. *Depite the inevitable plastic, they really are extraordinary examples of industrial design. *Miracles, in fact. *Just think about what they actually do...
My brother has a Saeco Superauto at home that he’s had for about 4 years that has worked faultlessly.
My sister in law bought one at the same time for her office and they do about 30 coffees a day on it. *It has worked brilliantly there, too. I wanted to buy one, and was praying for my Faema Magica to fall apart but it didn’t. *One day I just thought “bugger it” and bit the bullet and bought a Saeco Stratos for about $1400. *I have since sold it - but only because I like the theatre of grinding and tamping and getting my hands scalded and freaking out whenever my other half touches the new machine etc. *SERIOUSLY though - In the time I had it, I NEVER had a commercially produced coffee that approached it and that was using some very nice and very cheap beans called Medaglio d’oro available at Woollies and bi-lo. *Much nicer than any other pre-roasted beans – and only $12 a kilo. * (remember, Nescafe is $40.00 a kilo)
Once I started using beans I roasted myself the quality skyrocketed from the first cup. *The Saeco did a great job on them.
My advice - go for a superauto if thats what you want, but roast your own.
Also - be very sure of the direction your coffee consumption is likely to go before shelling out. *There is nothing like a superbly crafted HX machine with a quality grinder from a "pride of ownership", "tactile daily ritual" and "I like toys" perspective. But if you want a machine that anyone can be trained to use in 20 seconds and produces consistently excellent results, a Superauto is a good choice. *Horses for courses.
P.S. Ignore the Choice article.
P.P.S. Ignore all Choice articles.