Regarding the machine, I don't know how much love you'll find for Breville here. I can't comment on the specific machine's functionality though (it has some cool features, no doubt). What I can say is that Breville makes breadmakers, deep fryers, grills, toasters, rice cookers, and my personal favorite, electric woks. All of the other machines that have been mentioned in this thread are made by companies that do one thing--coffee. I have nothing against Breville, I think they make quality electric products, but for grilling my panini and not brewing my coffee. I could definitely go with the CC1.
I was recommended the BDB by numerous CG members so I am not sure what you are getting at. Aside from going with the CC1 which doesn't have the speed of the BDB for pumping out multiple drinks, there wasn't anything else suggested in the same price range. I briefly considered a Nuova Simonelli Oscar but I read more negatives on that machine than I did of the BDB.
What machine would you have suggested for $1000 that can brew & steam at the same time that also dispenses hot water (not from the group head)? Just curious.
Posted Wed Oct 9, 2013, 7:52pm Subject: Re: Grinder Suggestions for Silvia
Those are the machines in my budget, and I absolutely cannot spend any more than that. It's just my husband and I in our house and we only make about 5-10 beverages per week total between both of us. We're not so worried about the taste/quality of the espresso as I'm sure anything is better than what we were using before. I can't forsee us ever really getting hardcore into espresso. We just want a few decent drinks here and there. :) .
From your first post I think we were under the impression that you didn't need the ability to brew and steam at the same time with only 5-10 beverages a week. A single boiler is often enough juice to make a latte (although not as well as double boiler most would say). I'm willing to bet someone with 10 years experience can froth milk 100x better than me even if they use a Mr. Coffee and I use an HX machine (it's a skill that needs practice). Also, anything with a steam wand will dispense hot water as well as steam. It's easy to read a list of features and talk yourself into thinking they're are necessary, I do it allllll the time and consistently have a dialogue with myself in an attempt to avoid such things.
Don't take that the wrong way, I'm sure it's a very high quality machine and that you'll be more than happy with it! Please update the thread when you're ready to prove all us BDB haters wrong ;-)
Posted Thu Oct 10, 2013, 7:24am Subject: Re: Grinder Suggestions for Silvia
Well as for 'pumping' out espresso the CC1 would be hard to beat considering it has the larger boiler.
But yeah, I have a gaggia classic and it dispenses hot water and makes drinks pretty fast. Ive never seen an espresso machine that only dispenses hot water thru the group? Then again I have a PID and all that jazz. This machine was around a 1000 not too long ago. Much preferred by me.
Just an insanely low price for a double boiler machine is the main draw. I am sure it is a more than acceptable machine. They'd have to go a long way to goof up a double boiler design so I am sure they perform satisfactory.
mauijer Senior Member Joined: 10 Mar 2012 Posts: 29 Location: Phoenix, AZ Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: QM Silvano Grinder: Baratza Vario W Drip: Chemex
Posted Sat Oct 12, 2013, 8:21pm Subject: Re: Grinder Suggestions for Silvia
I have a quickmill silvano-single boiler with thermoblock. Previously considered the Cc1 but liked the reviews and overall look of the Silvano better. It's a beautiful machine w pid but only hot water thru grouphead. I saw some deals online for the silvano and preciso shipped for under $1000-wish I had seen that deal before I purchased. Oh well. My buddy has a Breville... He's gotten at least one good shot out of it. I just ordered a Vario W but it doesn't arrive til thurs so can't comment yet. My only recommendation is buy Breville thru bed bath and beyond so you can return it if it ever gives you trouble. Hopefully it won't. Post a pic of your victory shot and congrats. But if you decide to return it I fully recommend the Silvano
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