2nd hand machine and grinder for circa $2k
The wife and I are looking to upgrade from our Saeco manual machine and Sunbeam Cafe Series grinder. Looking to buy second hand, with a budget for both grinder and machine of around $2k, absolute max of $2.5k. Looking for gear that will last a long time, preferably 3-5 years old (no more than 10years) and provide great coffee, consistently. Both of use are pretty capable in making coffee, having been using the Saeco for nearly 10 years.
Usage is 4 x double shots on weekdays (2 doubles each, usually made all at once), and 6 x double shots on weekends (3 each). I normally drink macchiatos, while the wife likes caps.
We want a machine which can do the 2x macchiatos and 2x caps relativity quickly.
For grinders, I've been thinking of either a Macap or a Mazzer. Not really sure if we need a doser or not, or even what the advantages are for/against? I suppose a relatively quick grind would be convenient, that said a consistent, good grind is more important. Must have replaceable parts and with good care and maintenance last a long time.
Thinking of spending about ~$600 on a second hand grinder.
Reading these forums, I'm hearing names like:
I'm not 100% sure, based on our usage what setup will be best, is it HX or dual boiler, or either?
I noticed that Bigguy has some gear for sale, which looks around our budget and similar to what we might need. Also have found an Expobar E61 on gumtree for $1,300 which looks interesting.
Any thoughts on what gear / type / setup is going to be good for us. Thinking of spending around $1500 of the machine, second hand.
Space and Ascetics
Our kitchen bench is a standard 620mm deep and we have plenty of bench space length wise.
Shiny things are nice to look at, and in my opinion as coffee is like art, therefore it is fitting that the machine is also a piece of art. So something that looks nice, interesting, refined, and sophisticated would be nice. Not too fussy, but nothing ugly, or excessively utilitarian in looks.
many thanks for your thoughts and advice in advance.