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    Hi, I have been occasionally browsing this site for the last two years. I have put off getting a coffee machine until my home renovation is complete. Well its almost done.
    I drink a few piccolo lattes a day and want a machine and grinder to do the same as I get from my favorite local coffee shops.My wife likes weak lattes and I also like the occasional expresso as well as the piccolos. I am slowly giving up the milk! I want something that I can also make a few coffees for dinner guests. Things cant be overly complicated as a am a noob.
    I am happy to spend up to $3000 for the machine and grinder and the rest of the gear to get me started.
    So where do I go from here? Any local companies? Am I best to order from somewhere interstate?
    I am hoping to buy something in the next few weeks. Like to serve some nice coffee to friends at my grand opening dinner party in my newly renovated house.

  • #2
    Re: In Hobart and Need help finding machine and grinder

    Welcome to the CS community kmcgreg,

    You have a very realistic budget and plenty of options.

    My suggestion is to peruse some machines and choose a few you like the sound of. I can then tell you what I dont like about them

    There are no perfect machines, but a little discussion will assist you to match yourself with the most appropriate gear for you. Do be careful to allow enough for a good grinder. With your budget, Id suggest a minimum of Compak K3 Push.

    We have many Tasmanian clients, some of whom are now on their second machine with us and yes, we can arrange service as required in Hobart.

    Please feel most welcome to call for a chat.

    Chris

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    • #3
      Re: In Hobart and Need help finding machine and grinder

      Thanks for the advice. My budget is fairly flexible. Main things is getting something worthwhile - on the other side I also need to please the wife by taking up as little bench space as possible. Most domestic units seem ok though in this regard.
      Love to find somewhere local to do a short course. I am sure I will work things out along the way though.
      Not sure really where I can peruse machines. Might have to take a punt based on reccomendations and web pics.
      I feel like a real noob when comes to equipment. Love coffee though!

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      • #4
        Re: In Hobart and Need help finding machine and grinder

        Im sure Roz would be happy to give you a lesson http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1327486168

        With your budget and if coffee at dinner parties is your thing a single boiler like Silvia probably wont cut the mustard tho. Youre in double boiler/heat exchange territory (can pour shots/ steam simultaneously). The breville dual boiler is popular but really there are so many options you need to discuss with a decent retailer (not department store) - they should be able to provide a crash course on using a mcahine thats more than enough to get you started.

        I dont know if any CS sponsors are in tassie (anyone?) - any trips planned to the mainland ahead of your grand opening?

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        • #5
          Re: In Hobart and Need help finding machine and grinder

          I agree the it will need to be a double boiler/heat exchange.
          Originally I was looking at the Breville dual boiler and smart grinder but thought that there is likely to be something of better quality out there than something you buy at a dept store with better assistance.
          I am seriously considering flying to Melb or Sydney to look at lounges and coffee machines as both cant be found in qualilty here.

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          • #6
            Re: In Hobart and Need help finding machine and grinder

            A direct flight with Virgin and day trip to Canberra - visit CS sponsor Cosmorex and Kings Furniture (both located at Fyshwick - next to the airport).

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            • #7
              Re: In Hobart and Need help finding machine and grinder

              Id be happy to help dial in a new machine

              You would be looking at a nice quality HX PID with a decent grinder for your money, but you may be able to get away with a dual boiler and grinder for that sort of money.

              K3 Push as a mininum and whatever machine tickles your fancy, Talk_Coffee have some great deals on, the Izzo and K3 on offer in Sydney is a bargain

              Its a shame you have to go out of the state to get what you need but Im not sure if there would be enough market in for selling the high end machines in this state.

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              • #8
                Re: In Hobart and Need help finding machine and grinder

                Thanks Roz, you seem to have an assortment of gear- I like the look of the compak K3T for a grinder. That seems like the easy part - you have a breville and a Silvia?

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                • #9
                  Re: In Hobart and Need help finding machine and grinder

                  Silvia is my old machine, its a good shot machine with a PID but not cut out for any more than a one person coffee machine. Breville is a much easier and fullfilling machine when it comes to multiple coffees and the coffee it produces is excellent but I still consider it an appliance and I will retire it one with with an Italian built machine when $ permits in a couple of years.

                  Before I bought the Breville I was originally going to get a Vibemme Domobar Junior, Chris has sold many of these to CS members and everyone enjoys the machine.

                  I would aim for something around that and a good grinder, if you go to melbourne to look for couches then you might as well organise a session with Chris to pick a machine that suits you best and then have it shipped down.

                  The Izzo on offer with the K3 Push would be very tempting considering the saving, if you know anyone in Sydney it would be a no brainer.

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                  • #10
                    Re: In Hobart and Need help finding machine and grinder

                    Ok some more pointy questions. Will I need anything special in terms of higher amp power for these machines or will a normal socket be ok?
                    I have thought a bit more about what I want:
                    1: Prefer to use a normal socket if possible without rewiring- just finished wiring and plastering!
                    2. Will be tank only
                    3. Want enough clearance to fit mugs under
                    4. Produce good expresso and easily make enough milk based coffees for up to 8 guests in a reasonable time.
                    5. Power consumption - something that warms up quick or has a low power consumption in between use.
                    6. Looks great in my open plan kitchen/ dining room - I know that sounds lame
                    7. Pump thats not ridiculously loud
                    8. Robust machine that should last and is relatively easy to maintain
                    9, Live in Hobart so access to service if there is problems would be good.
                    As said before, my budget is very flexible
                    I have had a good look at talkcoffees site...
                    The following apeal but I dont know of all the specs:
                    Vivi and Alex Duetto : Great deal on the Izzo Vivi - but sadly I cant pick it up as I dont live in Sydney.
                    Giove II
                    Vibiemme Domobar Super
                    Any comments.
                    Grinders: Anyone know a good one that doesnt take up too much bench space? My wife is going to freak when sees how much space is going to coffee in our small kitchen!

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                    • #11
                      Re: In Hobart and Need help finding machine and grinder

                      Hello kmcgreg,

                      You will find the specifications to each machine in a downloadable .pdf file on each equipment page.

                      As for your other questions, I reckon I can cover them off in <5 minutes on the phone. You are welcome to call.

                      Lastly- I think you should consider the VBM Domobar Junior in place of the Super.

                      Chris

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                      • #12
                        Re: In Hobart and Need help finding machine and grinder

                        K3 Push with the short hopper doesnt take up too much bench space, a Mini electronic with short hopper would also take up minimal bench space but at double the price for similar performance.

                        The Domobar Junior and K3 would be the best to take up the minimal bench space, lots of users with the same combos, great price, great quality so its really hard to go wrong.

                        You can learn quite a bit from the videos Scottie Callaghan has done for the espresso company, both on a Domobar Super and Giotto Rocket, the same principals apply.

                        http://www.espressocompany.com.au/how-to-domobar.htm

                        http://www.espressocompany.com.au/how-to.htm

                        I also have a small kitchen and my setup which takes up a big corner is my partners biggest gripe but she lives with it  8-)

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                        • #13
                          Re: In Hobart and Need help finding machine and grinder

                          If a quiet machine is a priority, Id be pushing the Izzo Alex Duetto a bit higher on the list especially considering a certain very good deal going on at the moment. 8-)

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                          • #14
                            Re: In Hobart and Need help finding machine and grinder

                            My head is sore from our renovations..too many choices and decisions. Now coffee machines... I am going to call talk coffee tomorrow for a chat. The Domobar Junior and K3 touch sounds like a good value buy.
                            I assume that all the machines carried by CS sponsors allow the user to make a decent expresso and milk based coffee.
                            So it comes down to issues such as aesthetics, low energy modes, ability to fiddle with some variables for the enthusiast, type of pumps, ease of refilling tanks etc.
                            Aesthetically I also like the Diadema junior regal and the izzo vivi.
                            Too many decisions! After spending all weekend trying to pick colors of paint for the house and debating it endlessly with my wife, I am getting a color consultant.
                            So now I need a coffee consultant! Talk to you tomorrow Chris!

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                            • #15
                              Re: In Hobart and Need help finding machine and grinder

                              Originally posted by 4147494D584F4D2A0 link=1332238977/13#13 date=1332670239
                              Aesthetically I also like the Diadema junior regal and the izzo vivi.
                              Yes, the Reale has that slightly different, almost art deco ish chassis, which was what won me over (suits our kitchen perfectly). Great machine too. Good luck whatever you do.

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