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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 5:56am
Subject: Re: Whooot! I am getting a speedster!
 

frcn Said:

I would already have a case of aerosol spray paint on order.  ;-)

A coffee alcove is certainly in order. All the usual stuff: 220v., fully plumbed, under cabinet filter system, vent hood for roasting indoors, custom lighting, video camera and wide screen so others can watch the extraction. Like I said- the usual stuff.

Posted October 15, 2013 link

Well that is part of the deal. We are wrapping up a remodel of the basement were there use to be a canning kitchen complete with a big hood there is now a bar next to a home theater. I was going to get a second machine down there for entertaining and having removed a cooktop and oven the 220 was already handy.  As that project neared completion wifey started the "don't you want a one really nice machine? I know i would like a kitchen remodeled without an espresso machine. Next thing you know, we have an accord.

kwantfm Said:

Great stuff... serious question here.  Did you consider a Slayer single group, what about Synesso, LM GS/3 or Linea single group?

Just curious as to the buying decision (undoubtedly the Speedster will both look great as well as produce an amazing cup).

Terence

Posted October 15, 2013 link

The Synesso is a serious consideration or at least i always thought it would be if i were ever going to "step up to the window" because of pressure profiling. I never considered the GS3 enough of a temptation to make me part with the money. I had actually settled on an Elektra T-1 for down stairs before this came up. My thought was Duetto for upstairs when i want drink coffee during my work day and the T-1 down stairs for entertaining and being a "coffee geek". That and I wanted one HX and one DB so i could take that weapon away from folks when the flame wars begin ;)  When i am all done I will post some pics. I would love to think I could get the kitchen done and the machine here by late spring.

NobbyR Said:

Congrats on your plan! But I guess you can take your time. Doesn't Kees van der Westen build those machines custom-made?

Posted October 15, 2013 link

That is my understanding or at least the list is long enough they don't generally have any on hand.

calblacksmith Said:

NO, it isn't made in China with consumer grade parts!  I would rethink this decision on the speedster, you can do better for about $1k LOL!

Posted October 16, 2013 link

What was i THINKING!!! No remodeled kitchen for the wife. Now i am off to trade my tractor for a Murray lawn machine at Walmart.

 
Yes I put the BDB and CC1 in the same class, yes i have a reason for leaving SCG off my list, yes it is my opinion, yes it is subjective as opinions are by definition, no don't start a flame war because you disagree.
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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 10:56am
Subject: Re: Whooot! I am getting a speedster!
 

John,

That's freakin" awesome!  I have to say...I'm envious as all hell.  There was a day when I owned two Silvias and my wife said..."why don't you sell them and put the money towards what you really want?"  At the time, I didn't have my sights set all that high, and in fact, couldn't decide which prosumer machine I really, truly wanted...so I ended up selling one Silvia to my best friend for cheeeeep, and then waiting.  Eventually, I got some money the IRS owed me for like 10 F'ING years!!!  So it was actually doubled by interest.  We ended up springing for a king size bed frame and mattress set, my Duetto and a second Macap M4...and saving a bunch of it too.  Now I'm scrounging $20 bills and quarters until I get enough for a K30 Vario (probably will pass on the HG one, which was prior dream grinder). If I were in your shoes, I'd strongly consider a Slayer as well (since you're looking at the Hydra).

 
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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 11:47am
Subject: Re: Whooot! I am getting a speedster!
 

Synesso is at the top of MY list but I would not kick any of those machines to the garage if they showed  up on my counter ;D

Speedster, Slayer, Synesso (they all start with S, I wonder if that has anything to do with anything?)  or any other high end machine is a wonderful treat, ya gotta love the wife for the green light! My wife did the same thing with me and my shop. On day out of the blue about 11 years ago, she said "why don't we refinance the house and build that shop you always wanted?" I then offered to do the kitchen too so it goes both ways :D

Now the hard part, getting the kitchen done before the machine, man time is going to drag by!

 
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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 2:33pm
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emradguy Said:

 Now I'm scrounging $20 bills and quarters until I get enough for a K30 Vario .

Posted October 16, 2013 link

Did you consider the Compak K-10 fresh? 68mm Conical vs. 65 flat in the Vario. In that general price range (defined as: "YOU SPENT HOW MUCH ON A COFFEE GRINDER?!) it is certainly worth considering.

 
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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 6:24pm
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Grats, I plan to upgrade my machine when I remodel my kitchen one day as well.  Keep us posted on the plans and photos.

 
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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 7:55pm
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frcn Said:

In that general price range (defined as: "YOU SPENT HOW MUCH ON A COFFEE GRINDER?!)

Posted October 16, 2013 link

That is so funny because it so true.

Ron,

I am thinking the big ugly espresso machine and grinder in the wife's kitchen for a few of years then offer to remodel the kitchen and BANG your good to go.

 
Yes I put the BDB and CC1 in the same class, yes i have a reason for leaving SCG off my list, yes it is my opinion, yes it is subjective as opinions are by definition, no don't start a flame war because you disagree.
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Posted Thu Oct 17, 2013, 12:20pm
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I did, but I have a 17 3/4 counter height to deal with, and iirc the k10 is around 20" even with the short hopper. I suppose I could cut it even shorter and then come up with a plan for a lid.

 
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Posted Thu Oct 17, 2013, 12:36pm
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emradguy Said:

I did, but I have a 17 3/4 counter height to deal with, and iirc the k10 is around 20" even with the short hopper. I suppose I could cut it even shorter and then come up with a plan for a lid.

Posted October 17, 2013 link

Nahh get the reciprocating saw out and leave it on the kitchen counter. When the wife says something about it just say " Oh I am about to do a little cabinet work so my new grinder will fit. Next thing you know, BAM your kicked out the kitchen but you get a new machine. :)

 
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Posted Thu Oct 17, 2013, 1:23pm
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jwoodyu Said:

Nahh get the reciprocating saw out and leave it on the kitchen counter. When the wife says something about it just say " Oh I am about to do a little cabinet work so my new grinder will fit. Next thing you know, BAM your kicked out the kitchen but you get a new machine. :)

Posted October 17, 2013 link

"But, Dear. Where am I going to put it all?"
"How should I know?!"
"I Have an idea... Remember that coffee cart idea I had..... Granite top? All those drawers??"
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Posted Thu Oct 17, 2013, 8:26pm
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lol...you guys are too funny. We have this "breakfast area" off our kitchen.  It's about 150 sq ft.  It's been converted to a small child play area...puzzle mat on the floor, a rocking chair in the corner and a toddler's train table...but I've been planting the idea of making a nice bar there when the kids get a little older...then, the sky's the limit.

so, here's another reason why I could never get kicked out of the kitchen...I'm the cook in our house.  My wife makes French style scrambled eggs about once a year...and besides that does absolutely no cooking whatsoever!

 
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