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ncc82602
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Posted Sat Aug 3, 2013, 8:21pm
Subject: Bruni Brunella?
 

Hello,

I am thinking about purchasing a 220v, 700w Bruni Brunella (from a site I am sure you have all heard of) as my first foray into the world home espresso (no I will not have any need to steam milk).  I am just wondering, if anyone here has had any experience with this kind of machine?  
I would also like to know if a 750w step up/down transformer would be sufficient to power this machine, or would I have to purchase a 1000w transformer? I have heard that some appliances surge when started and therefore require a transformer with a higher wattage.

Thanks for your input, Cheers.
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Posted Mon Aug 5, 2013, 10:38am
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Hi,

A 750 watt will not do.  I would go up to a 1500 watt transformer. I gave myself a bit of room in case I wanted to buy more 220v machines in the future and went with a 2000 watt. As for that particular machine, I have no direct experience.
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Posted Tue Aug 6, 2013, 4:55am
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crazy4espresso is right. i would also suggest about 1500 watt transformer.

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Posted Thu Aug 8, 2013, 3:27pm
Subject: Re: Bruni Brunella?
 

ncc82602 Said:

Hello,

I am thinking about purchasing a 220v, 700w Bruni Brunella (from a site I am sure you have all heard of) as my first foray into the world home espresso (no I will not have any need to steam milk).  I am just wondering, if anyone here has had any experience with this kind of machine?  
I would also like to know if a 750w step up/down transformer would be sufficient to power this machine, or would I have to purchase a 1000w transformer? I have heard that some appliances surge when started and therefore require a transformer with a higher wattage.

Thanks for your input, Cheers.

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MacKenzie, welcome to CG!
Why not email "that vendor" (LOL) whom we all know...and since I'm a VERY Sr. Sr, I'll....nah, someone might steal it from under your nose! ;>D
Email them, and they'll most likely confirm the fine advice you've received here so far.

BTW, you obviously read the rules at the bottom of the page, and as a former moderator, I offer my thanks, and hope you enjoy being part of the CG family.

 
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Posted Fri Aug 23, 2013, 11:49am
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I've got a Brunella, although I've only had it for a little over a month, so not as familiar with it as others might be.  In short, go for it.  I have found it to be very easy to use - not as finicky about grind or tamp relative to other spring levers I've used, built like a tank, and I'm a fan of the 45mm piston size (I also have a Sama Export and a La Peppina, which are both 45mm).  

One caveat is that this is an open boiler, so no steaming option, if that matters to you.  If not, and you are drinking straight shots or Americanos, it's a great little lever.  I would echo what others have noted and go with a 1500w transformer.  I suspect a replacement for a blown element would be unobtanium on this machine.
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Posted Fri Aug 23, 2013, 12:20pm
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I also use with a 1500w transformer and fortunately so far so good altho admittedly I do not use it very frequently.  

I doubt you'd find another in better condition (ok that green tea colored one looks pristine, will it also go on sale?),
even includes the original box which I've never seen pics of.  The seals/gasket seem quite durable but it'd be good
to pick up a spare set (altho no longer listed on that site).  

Grogstah - pls go wash your mouth with soap after that comment about the element... :-)

It would've been oh so cool had they made the two spouts fit into the two holes of the piston so we wouldn't
have to improvise...
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