Posted Wed Jul 31, 2013, 6:53pm Subject: Before I upgrade
I have outgtown my current set up so I'm looking to make some upgrades. Just want any second opinions anyone may have to offer before I go ahead and start. I have attached a picture of my current set up.
Gaggia MDF - used as my main espresso grinder. Gaggia Classic- added a Silva wand. Thought seriously about a PID but I think I'm ready to just upgrade. Virtuoso with Preciso burrs- used mainly for vac pot and drip grinds but sometimes on decaf espresso if my wife wants one and I have beans in the MDF. Scale- to help with vac pot and drip amounts mostly. Brazen - not doing anything with it.
- Get rid of the scale and add a Esatto to the Virtuoso in order to free up some counter space. Virtuoso will be used the same way it is now. - Replace the MDF with a Compak K3 Touch . Will be used exclusively for espresso. I can get a Vario about $140 cheaper though. Should I just do that? Heard the grind is a little better. I just think since the Compak will be espresso only I should go that way. I think it looks better and seems like it will last longer in terms of build quality. Barely fits under my 17.5 inch counter. - Use the room saved by getting rid of the scale to add a Quick Mill Vetrano 2B. Not yet available in Canada but I can wait. Will be about $2200. Other machines I strongly considered were..Quick Mill QM67, Rocket Cellini Premium V2 and the Brewtus IV. Landed on wanting the DB and when I saw the Vetrano 2B with rotary pump I was sold.
Just looking for anybodys 2 cents before I go down this road . Thanks.
Posted Thu Aug 1, 2013, 4:01am Subject: Re: Before I upgrade
Go with the Vario. Actually all of those machines are available in Canada. Creative Coffee sells them. They are located in Montreal. Check it out. :) The Rocket CP V2 looks like a good deal. BTW The Vario from what I have read can hold up to commercial use too.
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Posted Thu Aug 1, 2013, 5:00am Subject: Re: Before I upgrade
In contrast to above, go with the best grinder you can afford then go the next step up. My personal ranking of grinders is that the Vario is a good place to START looking at an espresso grinder. I know the general feeling is that it is a very good grinder, well, it works, is it as good as a SJ, some say the grind is as good (a lot really) but as I never have used a Vario, I will not say that it is, I can't say it isn't but I am inclined to say not due to several small things I have heard over the years. YMMV.
DO step up to the HX, it is a HUGE difference over a SBDU, as I have both, I can say that I will stand behind that statement without hesitation. Is there a difference between HX and DB, not in the cup. Personal preference, likes and dislikes will play much more of an important part here but either machine properly operated will be outstanding performers.
My grinder auto doses with an internal scale (commercial grinder) so I no longer have a scale on the counter. It is not as accurate as weighing each and every shot but the time saved and the very minimal if any change in the shot (to me, others may have differing views) is worth it to me.
I would say go with a rotary pump over a vibe pump, they are more stable in pressure in my hands on with them, they last longer but cost more. They are available in both HX and DB machines.
I also advocate dosed water (automatic machine). You can stop it any time just as you can with a semi auto machine but it is much easier to dial in your shots and keep them consistent when you have a set volume of water each and every time. YMMV.
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Posted Thu Aug 1, 2013, 6:07am Subject: Re: Before I upgrade
Thx for the responses. They have created a couple of follow ups.
And just one point of clarity I'm looking at the very new Quick Mill Vetrano (2B) Dual Boiler not he current HX Vetrano. To my knowledge no one in Canada carries it yet.
I guess in terms of my grinder question I should have rephrased. I only have about 17 inches of clearance maybe 17.5.. So to your point Wayne.. What is the best grinder available that will fit? Would love a SJ but it simply won't fit. Looked at the youtube video too looks like a great grinder but no way that will fit and would never get anything that big passed the wife anyway :-) Again will only really be used for espresso and mostly the same 49th Parallel bean right now but plan on getting into roasting my own so will likely be changing beans more frequently in the future.
I landed on the dual boiler vs the HX because it sounds to be a little more idiot proof for brew temp. The Rocket Cellini Evoluzione V2 is about the same price and has a rotary pump so if I'm not going to see any real difference in the cup and both are going to be about as consistent? Maybe I should rethink? The Cellini is beautiful. Are there any HX machines with a rotary pump that I could save a few bucks on over the DB? I can't seem to find one.
When I was looking at double boiler machines, my choice was the Izzo Alex Duetto. Probably the biggest feature that sold me on this machine was the ability to run off of tank or plumbed in operation and the rotary pump.
I guess in terms of my grinder question I should have rephrased. I only have about 17 inches of clearance maybe 17.5.. So to your point Wayne.. What is the best grinder available that will fit?
Well, rotary pump machines offer two big things over vibration pumps:
Ability to plumb in the machine without the need for a pressure regulator. (Read the manual and see what the maximum water pressure specification is. My water pressure is 3.5 bars, I don't have issues.)
Operator Sanity. My wife likes how quiet it is compared to my old Silvia.
Other than that, rotary pumps really don't offer a better cup of coffee than a vibe pump machine.
Are there any HX machines with a rotary pump that I could save a few bucks on over the DB?
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