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NobbyR
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Posted Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:53pm
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Well, just like with any other machine you'll have to use freh beans, dial in the grinder and adjust its setting as required (sometimes daily) to get the right extraction. The four "M"s of espresso making apply to a superautomatic, too.

 
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Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 8:16am
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Update:
After using the Jura ENA 9 fora bout a week, I have decided to return it and go with one of the three that were recommended with a PID built in.  Reasons for returning are as follows;

Cons:
Does not heat milk past 150 degrees
No control of how much milk and foam are in coffee
Lots of upkeeping to keep machine clean
Can't really customize much.  

Pro:
Easy to use

I should have listened to you experts!
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Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 9:01am
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I am so not doing the "I told you so" dance right now.  :)  However, espresso machines are messy and most of the time you don't want to go above 150 on the milk, it scalds it.

 
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jttran28
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Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 9:18am
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So are you telling me to keep it since the milk temp is right and its easy to clean?  I like my milk around 165 degrees.
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Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 10:01am
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jttran28 Said:

So are you telling me to keep it since the milk temp is right and its easy to clean?  I like my milk around 165 degrees.

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That's actually not good, you don't really want to heat milk past 150 degree's or so as now the milk is being scalded and "burnt" if that makes sense. I think most stop lower and let the milk rise, i.e. I generally stop frothing around 130 or so and the milk will rise in temp on my thermometer on it's own to about 140-150 which is ideal and taste great, when I've frothed to 150 and then turned it off the milk taste odd and burnt. Once you get used to it though you just go by feel of heat and time.
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Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 5:53pm
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I would never suggest you keep that one. But I was giving you a general milk guide line and why it is recommended.  But you have more flexibility with a non super auto machine and you can caramelize your milk if you wish.

 
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Posted Thu Aug 9, 2012, 12:35am
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GVDub Said:

On a geologic time scale, all human technology is disposable ...

Posted August 2, 2012 link

And life is ultimately deadly. But an espresso machine like a mid level SBDU or even prosumer HX are worth repairing. Most superautos simply are not, because the cost of repairs would come close to (or even exceed) the price of a new machine.

jttran28 Said:

... After using the Jura ENA 9 fora bout a week, I have decided to return it and go with one of the three that were recommended with a PID built in.  ... I should have listened to you experts!

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IMHO a very good decision.

 
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Posted Thu Aug 9, 2012, 7:51am
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Hi Jttran28,

Here is what I would look at.  I have used both

- Rancilio Silvia and Rocky Grinder Package, you can find for approx. $950. You can pid this as well.  Many on the CG forum will swear by this. Not fully auto, but after a little practice you and your wife will love this.

- Breville Barista Express - with Grinder 860XL- you can purchase for approx. $600- as a built in grinder.  Not as performance oriented as the Rancilio, but a friend has one and with fresh beans it produces good espresso and very easy to product microfoam.
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Posted Thu Aug 9, 2012, 8:15am
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Clancey Said:

... - Breville Barista Express - with Grinder 860XL- you can purchase for approx. $600- as a built in grinder ...

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You have to be careful with an integrated grinder: most are of inferior quality, and the heat of the boiler can lead to warming of the coffee beans stored in the hopper, which degrades their aroma.

 
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Posted Thu Aug 9, 2012, 8:51am
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NobbyR Said:

You have to be careful with an integrated grinder: most are of inferior quality, and the heat of the boiler can lead to warming of the coffee beans stored in the hopper, which degrades their aroma.

Posted August 9, 2012 link

I am considering the coastland cc1 or the acaso uno pid.  Not sure on which grinder yet.  I hope I'm making the right decision.
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