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  • Retired my Delonghi Magnifica Auto Machine - need recommendation for replacement

    Well after 120,000+ cups of coffee served to my family over the past 13 years the machine is on the scrap heap and I am looking for a machine to replace it so my wife can make herself a coffee without me. Currently I use a La Pavoni Europiccola but this is beyond her to operate so anyone have a recommendation for an auto machine that will grind and brew a decent cup? The DeLonghi didn't really cut the mustard when it comes to brewing a good tasting brew but it was easy to use. Thanks in advance.

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    The Breville Oracle or Oracle Touch can do very well if fed good beans

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    • #3
      I’ll second the Oracle and Oracle Touch.

      But depending on what your wife likes to drink, Delonghi’s La Specialista might be another option to consider. It is fine for doing milky drinks, Lungos and Americanos. It wouldn’t be my choice for straight espresso shots though.

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      • #4
        The range of Melitta fully auto machines are OK we have one at work, what I like over the Delonghi's is that the milk temperature is fairly hot. Could be worth a look.

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        • #5
          "I am looking for a machine to replace it so my wife can make herself a coffee without me."

          I have exactly the same problem. I simply don't understand how a 16 year old in a shop can be using complex commercial equipment to pull shots in a short time like an expert and my mature age wife can't or won't copy the simple process at home.

          GOOD LUCK with your machine selection.

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          • #6
            I simply don't understand how a 16 year old in a shop can be using complex commercial equipment to pull shots in a short time like an expert
            It's about the training. The 16 year old in a cafe is working with a pre-configured commercial machine and grinder using the same beans all the time. No need to dial in the grinder or weigh shots. They just have to learn the work flow.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by flynnaus View Post
              It's about the training. The 16 year old in a cafe is working with a pre-configured commercial machine and grinder using the same beans all the time. No need to dial in the grinder or weigh shots. They just have to learn the work flow.
              agreed, plus that 16-year old may be making 200 coffees a day, as opposed to two or three. lots of repetition makes for good muscle memory.

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              • #8
                And we are all assuming in the situation described above that it is .....Good Tasting Coffee !

                I can use the recent experience of A Nationally Branded High Volume supplier that pumped they're own tyres recently in a national newspaper feature....how they put site service at the top of the list..... true fact and a thread was commented on here about said paper interview etc.etc.

                Well said brand of high volume coffee served at a cafe near me.... true fact ...had two out of the three p/handles nearly close off the Italian 3/8" (10mm) spout opening because of built up carbon coffee gunk!
                True.
                A pin head whole remained open prob due to machine pressure.
                And the Mngr and Barista looked me in the eye when I remarked....so how often is your cleaning schedule ?
                True.
                AND they said ...daily! ;(

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by EspressoAdventurer View Post
                  And we are all assuming in the situation described above that it is .....Good Tasting Coffee !
                  And it could well taste good. It is the person drinking the coffee who decides.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dadoffrosty View Post
                    Well after 120,000+ cups of coffee served to my family over the past 13 years the machine is on the scrap heap and I am looking for a machine to replace it so my wife can make herself a coffee without me. Currently I use a La Pavoni Europiccola but this is beyond her to operate so anyone have a recommendation for an auto machine that will grind and brew a decent cup? The DeLonghi didn't really cut the mustard when it comes to brewing a good tasting brew but it was easy to use. Thanks in advance.
                    If you went for a manual setup with timed grinder the process would be almost as easy as an auto but the coffee would be *much* better. If having the grinder built in was a requirement (for space or cleanliness etc) then a combi machine with a timed grinder would fit the bill - for example a Lelit Kate.

                    We have taken a Kate away on holidays with extended family a number of times. First time "baristas" need a one minute "how to" and they are making coffee as good as the pros.

                    charlie

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