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    Need advice on purchase of a San Marino 1 group ???

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    Hi All,
    Im looking at buying a San Marino 1 group from a friend, my concerns are mainly of any hiccups or problems that others may have faced.
    Also am I making the right choice for home.. is it overkill to make 20 cups a week???
    I was originally trained on a San Marino years ago but only used it for maybe 20hrs. I do remember it was possible to stretch the milk quite well; or what would be a decent machine if i was to purchase another machine??
    thanks

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    Re: Need advice on purchase of a San Marino 1 group ???

    Quote Originally Posted by 6C676B676F6567646A736364697F060 link=1244652208/0#0 date=1244652208
    Hi All,
    Im looking at buying a San Marino 1 group from a friend, my concerns are mainly of any hiccups or problems that others may have faced.
    Also am I making the right choice for home.. is it overkill to make 20 cups a week???
    I was originally trained on a San Marino years ago but only used it for maybe 20hrs. I do remember it was possible to stretch the milk quite well; or what would be a decent machine if i was to purchase another machine??
    thanks
    Hi bigbean and welcome.

    SM machines are not that highly regarded and you could do a whole heap better.

    For CSers to assist, we need an idea of your budget.

    Keep in mind that you will need to allocate funds for a good grinder and any accessories you require as well.

    2mcm

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    Re: Need advice on purchase of a San Marino 1 group ???

    Mate - its funny but every coffee I have had from San Marino machines in different parts of the state has been burnt...I understand that they run way too hot - thats just what I have heard but might explain the consistently poor shots.

    Cheers

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    Re: Need advice on purchase of a San Marino 1 group ???

    Thanks guys..... Ive decided against purchase for a number of reasons. The new kitchen is huge but the machine location is limited to next to kitchen due to plumbing and waste. I always considered the SM as a workhorse with brute above finesse, you guys have confirmed that.

    Budget, considering its for home I would say $2-3k, Ive got a grinder, Sunbeam, but am looking at the La Spaz or Macap baby models . I bought a Gaggia classic, over a year ago, but its brand new as after I first used it I wasnt impressed and has been in the cupboard ever since, so really would like something decent but not over the top.
    thanks your for the points of view

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    Re: Need advice on purchase of a San Marino 1 group ???

    Also as you mentioned above
    Do you want to plumb it in or a tank may be more suitable

    A HX machine will be in the ball park performance wise of a commercial machine and will handle 20 cups a week without blinking an eyelid
    And steam power you can rave about

    I purchased a Bezzera Galatea HX machine as my first machine and have enjoyed beautiful coffee from the first day

    If possible go out and test drive a few models and makes.
    You need to feel & be comfortable with whatever choice you make

    KK

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    Re: Need advice on purchase of a San Marino 1 group ???

    Thanks KK

    Forgot to mention that I would prefer a tank.

    my biggest gripe of domestic machines is the inability to be able to be able to spin milk while the shot is pouring...

    at work I use a Rancilio classe 8 and Robur so coming home and using non-prosumer is machine is unacceptable and my cravings arent fulfilled.. they are but i substitute caffeine for bourbon ;)

    trying different machines is the way to go...

    cheers

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    Re: Need advice on purchase of a San Marino 1 group ???

    Quote Originally Posted by 3D363A363E3436353B223235382E570 link=1244652208/5#5 date=1244729452
    my biggest gripe of domestic machines is the inability to be able to be able to spin milk while the shot is pouring... *
    You can do all that and more with a quality HX machine
    Microfoam milk while pulling a shot is the reason a HX machine was made

    Hot water tap as well if required for other beverages such as tea ect

    And they also come in a tank or plumb in version

    On another thread & during the -
    Victorian Bush fires Andy Freeman donated his time & made 2000 back to back coffees on his HX machine for the folks in need of good coffee

    KK

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    Re: Need advice on purchase of a San Marino 1 group ???

    Quote Originally Posted by 2D262A262E2426252B322225283E470 link=1244652208/5#5 date=1244729452
    my biggest gripe of domestic machines is the inability to be able to be able to spin milk while the shot is pouring...
    What KK said...get a HX then.
    Mine keeps up with me no matter how many coffees I want to make.

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    Re: Need advice on purchase of a San Marino 1 group ???

    Quote Originally Posted by 063A273C363720353D36520 link=1244652208/7#7 date=1244767198
    What KK said...get a HX then.
    Mine keeps up with me no matter how many coffees I want to make.
    Ditto from me too.... 8-)

    Havent been able to beat the DJE yet, and Ive tried ... ;)

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