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    Hi All,

    Were preparing to move to America (for a 3 yr period) at the end of the year.  Keen to get your thoughts on whether to take my beloved machine and grinder, or whether they are better off left in storage.  My concerns are:

    1.  Will they travel okay (air freight)?
    2.  Are they very easily damaged?
    3.  Any probs using voltage transformers with espresso machines?
    4.  Am I better off purchasing a machine over there (and then sell on departure)?

    Thanks,
    Slowcoffee.

  • #2
    Re: Moving - to take or not to take...

    I wouldnt take the risk...

    Why not put it up for sale on CS and but a single group slayer when u get to america

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    • #3
      Re: Moving - to take or not to take...

      Am too attached to sell! The Levetta is part of the family now!

      Though if she sits in storage, what are the chances of coming home after 3 yrs to a machine that wont work so well anymore? Will a service fix this?

      Slowcoffee.

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      • #4
        Re: Moving - to take or not to take...

        As you are going for a long time (3years)
        I would store the grinder only

        Sell your Australian machine only to finance
        A new American kit

        On leaving the US sell that kit to finance a new & updated Australian machine of your choice

        You dont know what shiny things will tempt you upon your return in 3 years

        KK

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        • #5
          Re: Moving - to take or not to take...

          Ohh & you are still a Coffee Snob so we still expect you to post and check in with us occasionally

          You could start a special post
          Postcard from XYZ City USA

          KK

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          • #6
            Re: Moving - to take or not to take...

            Thanks for your thoughts KK. Yes, my attraction to shiny things is quite strong, so perhaps thats the way to go.

            Would you really leave the grinder behind in storage if it were you? Was hoping it might survive the journey!

            Cheers,
            Slowcoffee.

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            • #7
              Re: Moving - to take or not to take...

              Well you could take it

              The US does have a 240 volt system
              Its wired in there laundry area not sure if its 50 or 60 htz
              Some CS er will know

              KK

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              • #8
                Re: Moving - to take or not to take...

                Originally posted by 61454C4C4F4F7561455947452A0 link=1248439644/4#4 date=1248441605
                Ohh & you are still a Coffee Snob so we still expect you to post and check in with us occasionally

                You could start a special post
                Postcard from XYZ City USA    

                KK
                Not too sure what to expect from US coffee - hopefully will be able to find some nice little independent cafes to get my fix from!  

                Will certainly send some feedback on any coffee-related experiences over there - the good, the bad and the ugly...  Hoping the latter 2 wont come from my own machine! :-/

                Slowcoffee

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                • #9
                  Re: Moving - to take or not to take...

                  Id contact Chris from Talk Coffee or Attilio from CosmoreX Coffee SC....

                  These two blokes know what theyre talking about when it comes to machinery at this level 8-)

                  Mal.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Moving - to take or not to take...

                    Thanks Mal,

                    I purchased my machine & grinder from Chris, so will get in touch with him for his opinion.

                    Cheers,
                    Slowcoffee.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Moving - to take or not to take...

                      Hi Slowcoffee,

                      Originally posted by 36292A32262A23232020450 link=1248439644/0#0 date=1248439644
                      1.Will they travel okay (air freight)?
                      Yes- so long as theyre correctly packed. It will not be cheap though. Factor in at least $300AUD each way- maybe more.

                      2.Are they very easily damaged?
                      Yes- see above. In fact freight companies can write them off when packed correctly and attached to a skid with 15cm clear space around them  >

                      3.Any probs using voltage transformers with espresso machines?
                      Yes- your machine is designed to run on 240V. It will probably not be cheap to get a to get a suitable transformer delivering 1300W. Better to find a place with a 240V circuit installed.

                      4.Am I better off purchasing a machine over there (and then sell on departure)?
                      FWIW, thats what Id do. In fact, Id sell my Aussie gear and upgrade on return- but thats just me :...

                      Hope that helps...

                      Chris

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                      • #12
                        Re: Moving - to take or not to take...

                        I agree with the sell and re-buy option at least for the espresso machine. While it is possible to find 230-240 volts in a kitchen or laundry in the US, my bet is that the appliances would be hard-wired, not connected to a power-point.

                        Greg

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                        • #13
                          Re: Moving - to take or not to take...

                          Thanks Chris,

                          I really appreciate your comments/thoughts on this one!  

                          Looks like I might have some equipment to sell in another month or two.  Will be sorry to see the Levetta go!    Weve been equally happy with the Mazzer and cant imagine well need anything bigger or better on our return, so may well leave this one in storage.

                          Cheers,
                          Slowcoffee.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Moving - to take or not to take...

                            Originally posted by 6A5F484A7A425F404C41492D0 link=1248439644/11#11 date=1248521578
                            I agree with the sell and re-buy option at least for the espresso machine. While it is possible to find 230-240 volts in a kitchen or laundry in the US, my bet is that the appliances would be hard-wired, not connected to a power-point.

                            Greg
                            Cheers Greg, thanks for your info!

                            I also have a KitchenAid mixer that I really dont want to leave behind, so perhaps Ill take the Mazzer along too and purchase a decent transformer to cope with them. Just cant justify selling and rebuying too many toys! :-/ Will pack them both extremely well myself, to hopefully guarantee their safe transfer to new home.

                            Slowcoffee.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Moving - to take or not to take...

                              Slowcoffee,

                              In regards to the kitchenaid stuff, definitely sell it here and re-purchase over there. When I was in the US, my wife made my life miserable nagging me to buy a cheap kitchenaid there (shed had it on the wishlist for years) and they were very cheap there.

                              Her sister who lives in the US is an electrical engineer and said that even with the cheaper price in the US, the hassle wasnt worth it because of the voltage difference.

                              Edit:Main point being, theyre cheaper there than here. You might even be able to sell yours second hand and have some change after buying a new one there.

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