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    Request advice: Expobar Leva vs. Unico Splendor

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    HI All,
    Firstly, I stumbled across this site last night & I love it....awesome! There is some excellent info to be found here.
    My dilema;
    I love my coffee & currently use a stovetop perc. I have been thinking about a machine for ages. From what I have read, it would seem that the Expobar Leva is a great machine! I am close to going with that.
    I have also seen a bit around on the Unico Slendor. Would this be a fair comparison? I am interested to know what is in the market as far as competetion, or should I just not bother & go straight to the Expobar.
    There seems to be alot of experince in here & I am impressed by the amount of professional baristors that comment, so I am really hoping for a bit of useful feedback before spending the cash.
    Cheers in advance!!
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    Re: Request advice: Expobar Leva vs. Unico Splendo

    Hey Wiggles,

    I dont have one of the machines you are looking at, but have been having a little peek at them occasionally (one day... :-/).

    Have you checked out this thread:

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1163234999;start=all

    Where are you located? I would check out the site sponsors and drop in to have a look at some of these machines if you can. Chris Natoli (Talk Coffee) has both machines youve mentioned, as well as a lot of others you may consider (too many to mention but any in this price range worth a look at).

    I myself would love a Unico Splendor (one day) - I note Chriss comment on the excellent build quality as opposed his comments on the Expobar (although there are many very happy Expobar owners). Anyway, give him a call.

    And dont forget the grinder - essential you have a good one otherwise youre wasting your money on a HX machine.

    Have fun.

    Greg


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    Re: Request advice: Expobar Leva vs. Unico Splendo

    Seconded; talk to Chris for an unbiased comparison.
    I have the Expobar and am very happy with its performance.
    To me the Splendor looks prettier and Im sure it performs well but I havent used one.

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    Re: Request advice: Expobar Leva vs. Unico Splendo

    Thanks guys, just the sort of advice I was after. Will give Chris a call for a chat. Usually hard to get unbiased advice without a sales pitch these days, so thanks again for the contact.
    Happy shots, Cheers.!
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    Re: Request advice: Expobar Leva vs. Unico Splendo

    Hi wiggles,

    I have PMed you and hopefully we can talk soon.

    Both are great machines- albeit significantly different in specification.

    If you do choose an Expobar, I suggest you spend a few extra $$$ and upgrade it with Minore II cup tray handles and the cool touch steam wand which make it more attractive and user friendly.

    I believe that the Expobar offers brilliant value for money. The Unico splendor is definitely a beautiful machine though and also with a slightly smaller footprint. Both will produce outstanding coffee in the hands of a competent operator...

    Nobody has produced the perfect machine yet...Its a matter of which set of compromises is right for you ;)

    regards

    Chris

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    Re: Request advice: Expobar Leva vs. Unico Splendo

    Seconded re the cup rails and cool touch wand.

    I have both now.

    The rails are a great addition just for the ease of removing to top to add water.
    You can leave the cups in place, remove the top, fill resevoir and replace the top easily.

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    Re: Request advice: Expobar Leva vs. Unico Splendo

    Yeah cool touch is cool. Ive heard some people say that because its teflon coated it doesnt give you a dry as steam. Thats debatable of course. I have no probs getting great microfoam. I see the new Isomac range have cool touch hot water spouts too which Ive been sizing up ;)

    I think there are a few other machines to consider also in this price range.

    Wiggles, the other thing Id advise is to try them all out. Its amazing the little things that annoy or employ.... I dont think that makes grammatical sense, but ..... try before you buy.

    Oh, and have you considered the grinder youre going to pair it with ($$$)?

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    Re: Request advice: Expobar Leva vs. Unico Splendo

    Im not sure about teflon coated but therwe is a tube running down the inside of the wand that stops the heating of the arm.

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    Re: Request advice: Expobar Leva vs. Unico Splendo

    yeah thats the one. Apparently the tube is teflon coated.

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    Re: Request advice: Expobar Leva vs. Unico Splendo

    Thanks again, great advice. I have not considered the grinder at all. I am hoping that when I get to chat to Chris, he can point me in the right direction.
    Thanks guys, what a great site!!

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    Re: Request advice: Expobar Leva vs. Unico Splendo

    Wiggles
    I totaly agree with the grinder advice
    Thats why I have placed an order with Chris on a Macap M4/D
    KK



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