Well, i have been in the market a few weeks and wasted far to much time trying to learn the art and the extensive range of machines. i thought I new a little about coffee making and did well............now I'm finding myself loitering in a rich wonderful world of information thats going to take me years to catch up!
First, I wanted a quality, value and reliable set up. I wanted a machine to impress my clients and to delight myself.
A friend referred me to a Expobar Office Leva.
I currently use a sunbeam cafe series. Awesome value for money, reliable and a delight after owning several auto machines from Europe, the later also costing to much in repairs. I updated the grinder from a sunbeam cafe series to a Breville at the $250 mark. So it is conical etc. both still perform well and do about 20 kg a year through it.
So i took to the net! What a beautiful machine the Bezzera Domus Galatea is! the Expobar office leva and the Expobar Minore, the Rocket Giotto Plus V3 and the R58 V2.
As I make 20 to 30 double shots a week, I felt the R58 was over kill for my usage.
I settle on a few extra $ over the Leva to end with the double boiler Expobar Minore IV. I felt there was more accuracy and stable water temps for just a few $100 more. ill forget the difference in price quickly.
Now I see that its not just smashing beans but a fine art to grind them. I had no idea to adjust the grinder according to the beans? Beans are those brown things i tip in, and the sugar is kept in the jar. Right?
So this site covers Macap machines alot with quality and value. Thats what tickles me!
I wanted the flash one with a measuring hopper out the front but was convinced that this is old school. Heavens above, i ride a Harley from 1928 on weekends and drive my 1938 Holden/Chev Sloper when i can and anything in a motor vehicle that could be to modern world or have digital is immediately cast aside. For my collections are appreciating assets.
So old school sounds great to me, but then I was told that these are more high volume machines and my grind will go stale. Ok, so currently I grind my coffee at work to take home for the weekend. I hear that has to stop now.
So I was convinced that the Macap M4D was the go. I didn't spend time looking as this site doesn't have bad thoughts on them.
As you can see above, I have enjoyed my hours of research and had some education along the way. This machine will take me into retirement I am sure. Just 20 odd years to go. I will have lots to learn to service and maintain as I have not ever cleaned my current Breville grinder.
I do however always use clean and well filtered water through the dedicated upright drink dispensers. i have cleaned both my Sunbeam cafe series once in about 9 years and nothing came out, no green tinge, no calcification visible. So I continue to use great filtered water with no issues.
Have I missed something in my purchasing decisions, or would my selection be a top office/home combo. ( i did love the site of the Bezzera Domus Galatea)
My first post and i'm excited for my coffee future!