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    Hi All,

    I need some advice on choosing a coffee machine. We rarely drink milk based coffees, so the steaming/frothing capability is not an issue.  Just need a machine that can deliver a good shot. 

    I have been looking at the Gaggia classic, the Silvia and the Lelit machine (basic model), although I am not sure if the Silvia or Lelit machines are worth the extra cost.  Am planning on pairing the machine with a Breville smart grinder.

    Are there any other machines in this price range which I should consider?

    Any advice is welcome.

    JA






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    Re: Which coffee machine?

    If you could stretch your budget here is a wonderful deal from Talk Coffee - and pair it with a K3.

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1163933911/6#6

    Good luck and I know a budget can be pushed... I did as I wanted to minimise the upgrade syndrome

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    • #3
      Re: Which coffee machine?

      Hello jawa,

      If its shots only, the best match would be an e-61 single boiler with Scace calibration- something like a VBM Piccolo or Diadema Perfetta. These are deadly shot machines once the time is spent to calibrate them- but they come at a cost. We do the calibration gratis on machines we sell.

      In the <$1k mark, look at the Lelit PL041 TEMD and match whatever you choose with the best grinder you can afford.

      Cheers

      Chris

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      • #4
        Re: Which coffee machine?

        Originally posted by 6E4B4A505D240 link=1333258594/1#1 date=1333261203
        If you could stretch your budget here is a wonderful deal .....
        Well i guess there is pushing a budget, and then there is blowing it completely with something 3-5 times the original value ! :

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        • #5
          Re: Which coffee machine?

          I should have mentioned that the upper limit of my budget is $800.

          What about the three machines I am considering for just doing shots,  are they comparable? 

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          • #6
            Re: Which coffee machine?

            Hi Jawa,

            Here is a Lelit/Silvia comparison:
            http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1304917830

            One update from that comparo - the Lelits now have ball jointed steam wands.

            charlie

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            • #7
              Re: Which coffee machine?

              Thanks Charlie. So has the leaky steam wand issue with the lelit machines been fixed with the newer models?

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              • #8
                Re: Which coffee machine?

                Hi Jawa,

                The new shipment arriving in about 1 week has a new steam tap rod design which seems to have overcome the issue that some machines have had with water dripping from the steam wand.

                Weve installed a few of the new tap rods when doing machine services with excellent results. In fact, every machine that has had a drip that weve put it into has stopped dripping - without the need to change the valve body - which was sometimes required with the older design.

                charlie 

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