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Thread: Expobar Leva vs Lelit Mara (or other recomendations)

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    Expobar Leva vs Lelit Mara (or other recomendations)

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    I am on the hunt for an entry level machine and nowhere can I find a showroom close to the South-East Melb suburbs to show me different brand machines.
    After some research I had settled on the Expobar Leva but then a conversation was had that the Lelit Mara provides more bang for your buck with little more buck than the Leva (can someone tell me why?).
    Can someone please help me decide as to which machine I should choose or recommend another.
    Top points of sale for me are:
    Manual - with little to no electronics - as I believe these will live longer
    HX Boiler
    E61 Goruphead
    Pre-infusion function
    Dry puck feature & commercial steam wand a bonus
    I am looking to spend not more than $2,200ish on a machine.
    Thanks all.

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    Pretty sure there are a few places where you can find different brands of coffee machines in Melbourne.
    $2200 is quite a lot of an "entry-level" to most people's standard, also don't forget to budget for a decent grinder to pair with the coffee machine

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    Casa Espresso at Brighton? Site Sponsor that has been helpful to me on a few occasions and nice guy to speak with. Maybe the Cime 01 fits the requirements and price guide at $2090 or an Isomac Tea Due at $1990?

    https://coffeesnobs.com.au/sponsors/...-espresso.html

    Not sure what the 'dry puck feature' is you list?

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    There’s Coffee-a-Roma in Camberwell and Casa Espresso in Brighton.

    There are lots of great machines in this price range. Have you looked at the Rocket Appartamento?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoffeeUp View Post
    I am on the hunt for an entry level machine and nowhere can I find a showroom close to the South-East Melb suburbs to show me different brand machines.
    After some research I had settled on the Expobar Leva but then a conversation was had that the Lelit Mara provides more bang for your buck with little more buck than the Leva (can someone tell me why?).
    Can someone please help me decide as to which machine I should choose or recommend another.
    Top points of sale for me are:
    Manual - with little to no electronics - as I believe these will live longer
    HX Boiler
    E61 Goruphead
    Pre-infusion function
    Dry puck feature & commercial steam wand a bonus
    I am looking to spend not more than $2,200ish on a machine.
    Thanks all.
    Both machines tick all of those boxes. Other similarities:
    • both have a single control board so in terms of reliance on electronics they're similar
    • make good coffee!
    • 1.5l boiler


    Differences include:
    • Lelit Mara is 22cm wide, Expobar Office Leva is 26cm.
    • Mara has the crush-free steam and water valves so you should get better reliability out of these
    • Low water handling - the office leva will cut out when the water tank runs low, the Mara will allow you to continue the shot and sound an alarm. So after the shot is finished you know you need to put water in it. But if you were in the middle of a god shot you won't have to bin it


    charlie
    jetblackespresso.com.au
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    We are open this Saturday in Brighton.

    Certainly have a few options in your price range

    Feel free to call or send us a message if you would like to come in

    Regards

    Antony
    (03) 9530 8992
    www.casaespresso.com.au

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