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    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I have been quietly sitting on the side here for weeks doing all the research under the sun and guess what? Really not a lot closer to deciding which machine for me yet! Old Sunbeam one died months ago and was determined to not get cheapo again, so have saved my pennies and am now in the market for a machine and grinder to value up the $3k mark.

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    Re: confused Newbie on the loose

    HI Supergran,

    Make that 2 confused Newbies. Im ready to pull the trigger on my first home kit, but after hours of "research" Im back where I started. :D

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    Re: confused Newbie on the loose

    At the $3000 level for a grinder/machine combo there are a fair few options. Some of the differences are functional, some are cosmetic, so your best bet is to get yourself to one of the sponsors and have a look/try.

    Id be suggesting a good grinder in the $800 range (Mazzer and Macap make excellent ones in that price range) leaving $2000+ for a machine. And I suspect that most sponsors would have a "package" price.

    Have fun choosing.

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    Re: confused Newbie on the loose

    If i had 3K to spare, i would go the VBM Domobar Junior and either Mazzer Mini or Compak K3 touch grinder. Check sponsor specials... you are on budget.

    I dont think anybody on these forums would say that the combinations above would be a bad choice at all!

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    Re: confused Newbie on the loose


    Bezzera BZ99R Plumb in HX in $1,710.00

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1163932885


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    Re: confused Newbie on the loose

    Hi suep and mongoose and welcome to you both...

    Its a jungle.... ;)

    You are most welcome to call for assistance or perhaps http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1163933911/10#10 might be a start...

    One thing we guarantee is to tell you what we dont like about every machine we sell and not a single one is perfect (for me at least). Its about buying the right machine for you and doing it just once in my opinion....

    We have some patently stupid prices at present ::)

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    Re: confused Newbie on the loose

    Quote Originally Posted by 65435346534451445758360 link=1268378148/0#0 date=1268378148
    I have been quietly sitting on the side here for weeks doing all the research under the sun and guess what? Really not a lot closer to deciding which machine for me yet! Old Sunbeam one died months ago and was determined to not get cheapo again, so have saved my pennies and am now in the market for a machine and grinder to value up the $3k mark.
    At least you have a decent budget. I was in a similar position recently when my Sunbeam died.

    I only did a bit of research and ended up with a Vibiemme Domobar Jnr and Mazzer Mini - and couldnt be happier.

    Its not that hard. Just go and see one of the site sponsors and have a play around. Youll work it out.

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    Re: confused Newbie on the loose

    Do see your nearest site sponsor; theyll be a great help.

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    Re: confused Newbie on the loose

    The choice is huge in your budget:

    Bezerra BZ07
    Bezerra BZ99
    Diadema Regal
    Diadema Junior Plus
    Expobar Leva
    Expobar Minore III
    VBM Junior
    Isomac Tea
    Isomac Alba
    Isomac Millenium
    Wega Mini Nova

    There are probably more but all of the above are good machines and you would probably be happy with any of them considering what youre used to.

    Its been said a couple of times already but cant be said enough, go and visit a sponsor. *See the machines, touch them, feel them, drool on them (ok maybe not that) and of course use them! *No doubt youll get great advice and a good package deal too Im sure! *

    Choice of grinders is also big. *First thing to work out is if you want doser or doserless. *Just to name a few:

    Compak K3 Elite
    Compak K3 Touch
    ECA KS doserless
    ECA Best
    Mazzer Mini

    I think most will recommend the K3 or Mazzer Mini.





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    Hey suep not sure where you are from but i would defiantly go and check out a site sponsor for info and a feel of the machines.
    as for mongoose head on down to Coffee-A-Roma and check out there shop its sweet and they have package deals there, on a side note suep they posy aus wide. hope this helps ;D

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    Re: confused Newbie on the loose

    I had a laugh I missed something here

    Back on topic

    suepergran and Mongoose

    Look for a sponsor local to you to view machines/grinders and to also consider the best after sales support.


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    Re: confused Newbie on the loose

    Quote Originally Posted by 5A71726F747C4257787C731D0 link=1268378148/18#18 date=1268440656
    sometimes you need to have the average to appreciate the best *
    This is Coffee Snobs; weve stepped up from average.
    I tend to drink "better than average" (mine) to "some of the best" (well known to CS members).

    As for your sarcasm, do you think you should have taken some time for us to get to know you first before attempting it?
    The written word in online forums does not lend itself well to sarcasm.
    If only there was a sarcasm smiley to help. *::)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5A71726F747C4257787C731D0 link=1268378148/18#18 date=1268440656
    i am guilty of purchasing coffee from a popular franchise
    I wont hold that against you considering your choices.

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    Re: confused Newbie on the loose

    Confusion rectified!!!

    Dropped in on Chris at Talk_Coffee this morning. Picked his brains over a cup or two of his Urban Blend (Mmmm) and left with a Giotto PP & K3 Elite. Couldnt help but be impressed by the Mans knowledge and passion.

    Now the fun starts. No sleep tonight... ;D ;D ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4163626B63637F690C0 link=1268378148/12#12 date=1268473333
    Confusion rectified!!!

    Dropped in on Chris at Talk_Coffee this morning. Picked his brains over a cup or two of his Urban Blend (Mmmm) and left with a Giotto PP & K3 Elite. Couldnt help but be impressed by the Mans knowledge and passion.

    Now the fun starts. No sleep tonight...

    That sounds awesome. Good choices. The Giotto is a sexy machine. Sounds like a good combo. Have fun.

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    I guess we went over that $3K budget then ::)
    Congratulations and enjoy getting to know your new toys

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    Excellent stuff Mongoose.... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    The fun does indeed start now - be prepared to become [s]obsessed[/s], [s]addicted[/s], enthralled with just how good a cup of coffee can be... 8-)

    All the best,
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    Congrats on your purchase Mongoose, it was a pleasure to do business with you!

    Come back in a few weeks and lets pull a few more shots to see how yyoure going ;)

    Dont drink too much coffee ;)

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0725242D2525392F4A0 link=1268378148/12#12 date=1268473333
    No sleep tonight
    Sleep is overrated.

    Congratulations
    Enjoy

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    Re: confused Newbie on the loose

    Quote Originally Posted by 47404B4B405151250 link=1268378148/13#13 date=1268474555
    The Giotto is a sexy machine.
    Indeed it is. I find myself staring at it - just like the bloke in his y-fronts in the Colourbond Roof ad on tv.

    Am I allowed to use it as a shaving mirror?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7153525B53534F593C0 link=1268378148/18#18 date=1268531284
    Am I allowed to use it as a shaving mirror?
    Absolutely mongoose, go for it...on the proviso that you dont rinse your razor in the tank :o ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5A464B5C4B4A4D4F5E5D474D5B432E0 link=1268378148/9#9 date=1268423193
    Hey suep not sure where you are from but i would defiantly go and check out a site sponsor for info and a feel of the machines.
    , on a side note suep they posy aus wide. hope this helps ;D
    Thanks Guys... oops forgot to say where I was from.. Hervey Bay Queensland. about 2 1/2 hrs north Sunshine Coast :)


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    Thanks. I forgot to mention I live in Hervey Bay Queensland. but theres enough info and help out there to tap into anyway. I appreciate your advice. thankyou

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4066766376617461727D130 link=1268378148/21#21 date=1268544866
    Thanks. I forgot to mention I live in Hervey Bay Queensland. but theres enough info and help out there to tap into anyway. I appreciate your advice. thankyou
    There is a great place just north of Marybrough.. Situated right alongside a service station.. Note: I think caffeine mechanic may even work there ;)

    Worth dropping in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 14322237223520352629470 link=1268378148/21#21 date=1268544866
    Thanks. I forgot to mention I live in Hervey Bay Queensland. but theres enough info and help out there to tap into anyway. I appreciate your advice. thankyou
    If youre up that way Id definitely have a chat to Roger from Supreme roasters as hes not too far away. *He recently helped me out with a new little giotto and mazzer combo.

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    Thanks Dave. he has already been in touch and I have saved to favs. only about 5 hrs away so could do that in a day trip

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    Thank you Dave for the recommendation. Love the fact that your finding success with the Giotto and Mazzer. Looking forward to our phone training session in leu of a trip to Canberra or vice versa. ;D

    Sue the Gold Coast is only another 30 minutes away so you could make it a day trip.. coffee, beach and shopping. ;D

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    I know of a certain Hervey Bay couple who should be very happy right now on their return home. :)

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    OOH yeah!!! I have been SO busy on my return, have not had time to get back on board the coffee snobs until now. SO... the verdict?... We went to see Roger @ Supreme Roasters @ Yatala and walked out the door with a Bezzera Galatea Domus and a K3 grinder. this was after 2& 1/2 hours of chat and learn time with Roger. Its really amusing, because I had written the Galatea off as not on my list I thought it was too weird looking! As with all the advice here and on other forums... you gotta go and try and see. Hervey Bay is a long way from most of the sponsors here, so I thought I was never going to get there. The staff @ Lillianas Cafe here in HB (They have various varieties of beans and do their own roasting) have been a great help too. As was Chris from Coffee Talk when I rang to fire some Qs at him. Bruce and I discovered it is even pleasant to have coffee without sugar if you get the right grind/tamp/beans/pour etc! Now we have it set on timer and wake up to coffee time. YAY! even my son who has his golden bean is a tad jealous. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4365756075627762717E100 link=1268378148/27#27 date=1270030344
    I had written the Galatea off as not on my list I thought it was too weird looking!
    Never got to see one in the flesh, but I think I understand how you could have been swayed. The retro look of the Domus is eye-catching on a laptop screen, and would no doubt make a wonderful centrepiece in any kitchen.

    Congratulations and happy bonding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1634353C3434283E5B0 link=1268378148/28#28 date=1270034026
    Quote Originally Posted by 4365756075627762717E100 link=1268378148/27#27 date=1270030344
    I had written the Galatea off as not on my list I thought it was too weird looking!
    Never got to see one in the flesh, but I think I understand how you could have been swayed. The retro look of the Domus is eye-catching on a laptop screen, and would no doubt make a wonderful centrepiece in any kitchen.

    Congratulations and happy bonding.
    I never thought much of it visually either until I saw one in the flesh at Coffee Craft recently. Absolutely gorgeous and wonderful finish on it.

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    Congratulations "suepergran".... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    That is a mighty fine combo indeed 8-). I just know youre going to have a smile on your face every time you find an excuse to peek around the corner at the new additions to your family.

    You know what we always say around here though, no matter what style of machine you think you want to buy, before handing over the dollars, try to get into a specialist coffee suppliers store (preferably one of our Site Sponsors) and have a play with the machines on show to get a feel for what seems right... Glad to see that you guys are so happy..... ;) ;D

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    this is what I wrote on my facebook page.... ;DI have a new baby Gal in my life!I turn her on in the morning and she keeps me going throughout the day. ;) she can be strong and sweet at the same time.I can make her do one for Bruce too, she likes the doubles.If you get the grind right, then tamper it just so, put it together, hook it up and pour baby gal pour! blonding? stop now. ooohh I just LOVE her! :-* GALATEA DOMUS BEZZERA. with a Kompac K3 Grinder! ;D

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    ;D ;D ;D 8-)

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    Well things are on the improve! I actually got asked for a second cup this morning from Darling Beloved man of the house(MOTH) so I guess thats like ALMOST a recommendation? I have watched so many crappy youtubes and a couple of good ones, but what it comes down to is practise, practise, practise. the sites here are invaluable though. the ones on frothing particularly helpful. will get to the artsy stuff later when im more competent at normal ha! ha!





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    Excellent stuff sg..... 8-)

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