IMAWriter Senior Member Joined: 4 Jul 2002 Posts: 5,464 Location: Brentwood, TN Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Nothing at the moment Grinder: Vario-W,Preciso-Esatto/KyM... Vac Pot: Adcraft SS, Yama 8 cup Drip: Brazen.Chemex, Hario, Clever... Roaster: Behmor 1600, CO/UFO combo
Posted Sun Jul 15, 2012, 12:06pm Subject: Re: Help with buying an espresso machine in the UK that produces good steam.
Alex, a lever is not for everyone, and as a former owner of a La Pavoni (which I liked) the steaming is not it's greatest asset, due to the tight squeeze between the body and steam arm, and the overheating that takes place after several shots. Perhaps look for a used NS Oscar. True, it won't be a match for your grinder (which you WILL eventually upgrade!!) but IMO the Oscar iOS superior to any of the machines you mentioned, and won't need to be upgraded for quite a while, if at all.
AlexEssex Senior Member Joined: 14 Jul 2012 Posts: 7 Location: Essex Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Jul 15, 2012, 1:54pm Subject: Re: Help with buying an espresso machine in the UK that produces good steam.
Thank you very much for the reply. I am grateful for your honest opinion as a previous La Pavoni user and owner.
Your recommended machine does indeed look nice, it appears to be sized similar to pro 1 group machine with a domestic look to it. The steam wand looks like one find on a commercial machine.
However, these machines are clearly marketed in the US and there does not appear to be many of the machines second hand here in the UK. Hence while considering Pavoni or Ascaso which seems to have a large presence in the UK aswell as Gaggia and Fracino.
Would they have an European market perhaps or similar brand or product?
Posted Sun Jul 15, 2012, 2:52pm Subject: Re: Help with buying an espresso machine in the UK that produces good steam.
I think you're in a bit of a gap pricewise, between the top end of the basic domestic machines, but quite a bit below any of the "prosumer" (sorry, I know it's a horrible word) machines.
There aren't that many used ones on that well known auction site either, but this might at least be worth a look. The Gaggia frothing device has apparently been replaced, plus a couple of other minor mods, and it is cheap at the BIN price.
It gets marked down on user rewiews on here for poor frothing, but perhaps replacing the panarello device might have done the trick. The seller is offering a demo and you probably aint that far away ?
ruby01 Senior Member Joined: 16 Jul 2012 Posts: 4 Location: pune Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Mon Jul 16, 2012, 3:32am Subject: Re: Help with buying an espresso machine in the UK that produces good steam.
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pouxf Senior Member Joined: 10 Mar 2012 Posts: 12 Location: Minnesota Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: La Cimbali Junior Grinder: Mazzer Major
Posted Thu Aug 9, 2012, 5:23pm Subject: Re: Help with buying an espresso machine in the UK that produces good steam.
Your ID name suggests that you live within easy reach of London. Why don't you visit The Coffee Machine on Kings Road? The people there are very knowledgeable and friendly. Moreover they will let you play with all their machines and I think there are some that are in your price range.
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