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BLrdFX
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Joined: 29 May 2012
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Espresso: L-I
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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2012, 5:47am
Subject: Re: need advice on a new machine
 

The L-1 is pretty small in case size and only the lever sticks up to high.

I was unaware that the Group on the L-1 was custom made; I thought it was a Bosco Group.   Pretty nice machine AND it has a tank option, but none of the L-1's have a drained drip tray....  

The height (with lever) was what stopped me , so I got the GS/3, but in retrospect I should have put a lever machine in front of a kitchen window or on a cooking island/peninsula near the stove.  

The sacrifices one makes for good brew is shocking :-)
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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2012, 4:22pm
Subject: Re: need advice on a new machine
 

BLrdFX Said:

The L-1 is pretty small in case size and only the lever sticks up to high.

Posted November 18, 2012 link

Best to read up on the specs.

BLrdFX Said:

I was unaware that the Group on the L-1 was custom made; I thought it was a Bosco Group.

Posted November 18, 2012 link

Actually, I'm wrong on this... Please accept my apology.. I meant to say the cabinet is custom made, not the brew group.

BLrdFX Said:

none of the L-1's have a drained drip tray....

Posted November 18, 2012 link

Nothing that can't be fixed with a drill and a fitting. Although, I will admit that it would be nice if the manufacturer supported that right out of the box, considering how expensive the machine is!

 
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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2012, 4:34pm
Subject: Re: need advice on a new machine
 

Getting back to what Kray mentioned, sorry for the late reply... I don't think he has unlimited budget.

Kray, you never really mentioned this.. What was your budget?

Are you going to stick with running off of reservoir and a vibration pump? Is HX vs DB important to you? Your choices involve one of each.

The QM67 is probably the second lowest priced double boiler on the market, next to the Breville Double Boiler. The Rocket, if you can find support for it or a local
retailer, is also a good choice from what I've heard.

Both of these machines from what I've heard are fairly decent machines..

If you can afford going to a double boiler machine and you don't want to have to have to do cooling flushes, the QM67 does offer good value for the money, as long
as you can live with using a Vibratory pump.

 
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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2012, 4:39pm
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Qualin:

You are correct, the budget is a very dictating factor in selecting a machine, and yes, the lever machines require more square feet than something like the Rancillio Silvia.  I was referring to the L-1 being pretty small compared to other spring lever machines, not small compared to the average single boiler vibe pump machine.

I wish Kray well in his search for something that fits his budget and will last a long time.

Cheers!

Stephen
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