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  • Sunbeam Cafe Series EM6910 Espresso Machine + EM0480 Grinder replacement

    So my setup must be close to 10 years old. All credit to Sunbeam (at least at that time) - everything still works enough for our daily fix.

    Problems:
    * steam wand sometimes wants to steam when turned off; steam wand relay disables if past a certain point and it feels like it
    * seal is going
    * grinder (ages ago) lost the plastic top that controls the weight of the beans into it

    Satisfaction:
    * Sunbeam Coffee School: this changed my life but no longer exists
    * I like being able to split the milk and pour the coffee at the same time but I generally make one coffee first and then split the milk whilst making the second anyway. Latte art results are best when making a single coffee and its milk at the same time.
    * I'm in trouble if I don't sort my wife's latte each morning

    Productivity:
    * 2 coffees a day minimum. The average wouldn't be much higher. It gets carried to family occasions such as Easter and Christmas to much applaud.

    Budget:
    Well maybe I'm in the wrong forum, but for my usage, I'm leaning towards the EM4300, whilst keeping the existing grinder. Machine + Combo budget can get up to $1k, however I'm not convinced on the longevity of Breville and as much as my wife and I would like to save kitchen space, I see bad reviews of the combo machine/grinders here. I don't want to be paying for extended warranties.

    Conclusion:
    Convince me otherwise (or not!). Tell me to replace my seal and fix my steam pump relay somehow?

  • #2
    I reckon the 4300 is a massive step downwards.

    If you were in the West I would PM you the repairer details for sorting 6910s out and not bother with a new machine. I have a 2007 and a 2008 6910 in perfect nick, a 7000 (not an improvement except in noise level - much quieter - and "semi auto milk frothing" for better or worse), and very recently a Decent DE1 (way out of your budget as an upgrade, however it is a huge improvement as well).

    Grinder - I upgraded my 480 in 2013 to a Mahlkoenig Vario - Swiss made and so good I bought two more...

    Hope this helps.


    TampIt

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    • #3
      The EM4300 is rubbish. If you want to stick with Sunbeam either get a new EM6910 or an EM7000. I’d probably lean towards the EM7000 for your type of usage. The other option would be a Breville BES920 if you can pick one up at a sale at HN, BL or TGG.

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      • #4
        What's your location petruk?

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        • #5
          Goodguys just had a runout on 6910s, was 1 left in Geraldton...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by level3ninja View Post
            What's your location petruk?
            Melbourne.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by LeroyC View Post
              The EM4300 is rubbish. If you want to stick with Sunbeam either get a new EM6910 or an EM7000. I’d probably lean towards the EM7000 for your type of usage. The other option would be a Breville BES920 if you can pick one up at a sale at HN, BL or TGG.
              The problem here is that Choice doesn't give the EM7000 the thumbs up. I've tried to do a quick search here but cannot understand the disparity between Choice and the opinions here.


              Any thoughts?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by petruk View Post
                The problem here is that Choice doesn't give the EM7000 the thumbs up. I've tried to do a quick search here but cannot understand the disparity between Choice and the opinions here.


                Any thoughts?
                Yes. Choice are clueless when it comes to stuff like this and I would ignore them.

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                • #9
                  Having been in the same sitch with my trusty Sunbeam eventually showing its age, I would go either a Breville BES920 and smart grinder, or as I did go for a Lelit and matching grinder (or combi), easy enough to get second hand relatively new within your budget.

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