yiplong Senior Member Joined: 19 Feb 2012 Posts: 79 Location: EU Expertise: Just starting
Posted Sat Mar 24, 2012, 3:10pm Subject: any experience with the CC1?
In the market for machine + grinder, budget is $1k. It seems I can get the CC1+Preciso for $900 shipped. This will leave some change for tamper, cups, pitcher, etc. Seems like a good deal. My only issue is the CC1 is new and I am not sure whether it is reliable like Ms Silvia or Gaggia Classic. Would welcome any experience with the CC1. Any suggest for alternative options is also highly welcome. Thanks.
MisterJohnnyT Senior Member Joined: 13 Jan 2012 Posts: 59 Location: S.E. Florida Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: Crossland CC1 Grinder: Compak K3 Touch
Posted Mon Mar 26, 2012, 6:57am Subject: Re: any experience with the CC1?
I have the CC1 and am quite happy with it. The interior components look like they should have good longevity. As with any machine with electronic control, the PID type stuff might be the first thing to go as time progresses, but so far I haven't had any problems. It has great temperature control and can make some really nice microfoam for latte art. My family always demand i make them espresso drinks when they come over.
The CC1 comes with a decent plastic tamper, so you could hold off on purchasing another one. SeattleCoffeeGear.com has a video review of the CC1.
Posted Wed May 2, 2012, 1:09pm Subject: Re: any experience with the CC1?
I just made a quick video yesterday of my Preciso and CC1...I got my CC1 in Sept and since then I have made about 2-3 lattes daily and recently straight shots. My only problem so far with my machine has been the steam wand's metallic coating flaked off, but I got a new steam wand from SGC and it was easy to replace. Otherwise that machine has been working consistently w/o a hitch for 6 months (and I just stared w/ the whole espresso thing about 9 months ago)
Posted Wed May 2, 2012, 5:11pm Subject: Re: any experience with the CC1?
To me, it came down to Preciso or Vario grinder and CC1 vs. Silvano. I decided that for basically $300 less (+ a free naked portafilter), I'd go for the CC1. I also figured the taste difference grinder-wise would be minimal. So, I went with Preciso and CC1. I think my other options would also have been reasonable (but over your budget).
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