Our Valued Sponsor
OpinionsConsumer ReviewsGuides and How TosCoffeeGeek ReviewsResourcesForums
Espresso: Espresso Machines
La Cimbali Junior Casa DT1 or Elektra Sixties Model T1??? help me decide
Cafe Espresso Machines
Video reviews, nationwide installation, leasing options... Nuova Simonelli, Rancilio, La Marzocco.
www.seattlecoffeegear.com
 
Not Logged in: Log In to Postlog in
New Topics updated topics   New Posts new posts   Unanswered Posts new unanswered  
Search Discussion Board search   Discussion Board FAQ faq   Signup sign up  
Discussions > Espresso > Machines > La Cimbali...  
view previous topic | view next topic | view all topics
showing page 2 of 2 first page previous page
Author Messages
EricBNC
Senior Member
EricBNC
Joined: 22 Jun 2010
Posts: 1,869
Location: North Carolina
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: QM Silvano, LP Stradivarius,...
Grinder: K30, Major, Preciso, Pharos,...
Vac Pot: Sunbeam C30, Bodum Santos...
Drip: Bonavita BV-1800,...
Roaster: Behmor, Melitta, Fresh...
Posted Thu Nov 15, 2012, 9:49pm
Subject: Re: La Cimbali Junior Casa DT1 or Elektra Sixties Model T1??? help me decide
 

I have used a friend's Elektra T1 (the one 1st line sells) several times and I think it is a fantastic machine - easy to use, makes wonderful espresso, and steams super fast. I have only seen the DT1 in photos but it would have to look much better up close to win in the counter appeal category over the beautiful Elektra.

Click Here (www.1st-line.net)

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
joatmon
Senior Member


Joined: 18 Sep 2004
Posts: 346
Location: Greer, SC
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Fri Nov 16, 2012, 7:17am
Subject: Re: La Cimbali Junior Casa DT1 or Elektra Sixties Model T1??? help me decide
 

Removed
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
Redbone
Senior Member
Redbone
Joined: 20 Aug 2012
Posts: 12
Location: Mississauga,Ontario, Canada
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Brasilia cappuccino del-1
Grinder: Brasilia BFD flat burr...
Drip: Bonavita BV-1800
Posted Thu Nov 29, 2012, 6:55am
Subject: Re: La Cimbali Junior Casa DT1 or Elektra Sixties Model T1??? help me decide
 

hydrologic Said:

Started with a POS Saeco, went to a Sylvia, then came the Andreja Premium, now rocking a Vivaldi II....now time to upgrade. But what to choose??? the La Cimbali Junior Casa DT1 or Elektra Sixties Model T1??? I like they are both beastly and capable and beautiful and have volumetric dosing. I love the Elektra's sexy retro looks with the wood handles..wow. The Casa ain't too shabby either...different...sexy as well but more modern. Probably splitting hairs in terms of performance and longevity. I'm a cappuccino guy...I use about 3-4 ounces of milk for my double shot. Almost never do I pull straight shots with no milk. The only drawback is the Electra is one inch deeper and you lose precious counter depth....but that's not enough to sway me away from this beauty. HELP ME DECIDE!!!

Posted November 11, 2012 link

Do let us know when you're selling the Vivaldi II. Not a bad step up for some of us.  :)
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
hydrologic
Senior Member


Joined: 11 Nov 2012
Posts: 11
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Expertise: I live coffee

Posted Fri Nov 30, 2012, 7:57pm
Subject: Re: La Cimbali Junior Casa DT1 or Elektra Sixties Model T1??? help me decide
 

ok so the Londinium is very intriguing but since its so new I wouldn't feel comfortable importing one. If something goes wrong then what? Nobody in my region will know how to work on it so then what? send it back to England for repairs? Maybe I'll look at the Bosco since that seems the most capable and robust commercial style lever machine.

The DT1 and T1 look awesome but I'm not sure if it would be a huge upgrade from my current Vivaldi. Now the Linea would be an upgrade but jesus $6500 is ridiculous....
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
IMAWriter
Senior Member
IMAWriter
Joined: 4 Jul 2002
Posts: 5,959
Location: Brentwood, TN
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Bezzera Strega
Grinder: Forte, OE Pharos,...
Vac Pot: Adcraft SS, Yama 8 cup
Drip: Brazen, Kalita, Chemex,...
Roaster: Behmor 1600+, CO/UFO combo
Posted Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:00pm
Subject: Re: La Cimbali Junior Casa DT1 or Elektra Sixties Model T1??? help me decide
 

hydrologic Said:

well....now I'm confused....or rather...researching more. The lever machines are pretty neat. I like the idea of the lever,  a lot. The Londinium is very tempting but importing direct without a US distributor to support the product is sketchy at best! The Izzo sounds like a great machine but is a little silly looking with the double warming tray. The Bosco looks really nice but almost $4k!  I dunno....more research I suppose.

Posted November 15, 2012 link

Jason's advice is spot on, as well as pretty much everyone who has posted.
I'll say that, as a lever owner, maintenance is a lesser problem than with a pump machine. Most lever guys service their own. Truthfully, so do most pump guys. There's basically northing in an espresso machine that can't be replaced with a good diagram or written explanation, and the part or parts.

I'd dare say for instance that Chris Coffee may get 10% or less of machines sold back for service. I serviced my own Anita (replaced a stat, simple)... Same with a Londinium (L1), for instance. An email, or even a video of your problem, and they can work you through the repair. Same with a Bosco, or any commercial style spring lever.

That said, a lever is NOT for everyone, and requires more space due to the height of the extended lever, and there is more time lag between shots, as there is no 3 way valve on non HX levers.

Sorry for further confusing you. :>D

 
Rob J (LMWDP #187)
My Music Production web site:
www.robertjason.com
back to top
 View Profile Visit website Link to this post
hydrologic
Senior Member


Joined: 11 Nov 2012
Posts: 11
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Expertise: I live coffee

Posted Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:30am
Subject: Re: La Cimbali Junior Casa DT1 or Elektra Sixties Model T1??? help me decide
 

No I understand and more or less agree. They are pretty simple to work on and I have done plenty of repairs myself in the past. It's just slightly unnerving to not have a US distributor if something truly were to go wrong. I'm going to sit tight a while and keep my eyes on a lever machine....unless a Linea comes my way for a deal..... thanks everyone for their input. much appreciated
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
showing page 2 of 2 first page previous page
view previous topic | view next topic | view all topics
Discussions > Espresso > Machines > La Cimbali...  
New Topics updated topics   New Posts new posts   Unanswered Posts new unanswered     Search Discussion Board search   Discussion Board FAQ faq   Signup sign up  
Not Logged in: Log In to Postlog in
Discussions Quick Jump:
Symbols: New Posts= New Posts since your last visit      No New Posts= No New Posts since last visit     Go to most recent post= Newest post
Forum Rules:
No profanity, illegal acts or personal attacks will be tolerated in these discussion boards.
No commercial posting of any nature will be tolerated; only private sales by private individuals, in the "Buy and Sell" forum.
No SEO style postings will be tolerated. SEO related posts will result in immediate ban from CoffeeGeek.
No cross posting allowed - do not post your topic to more than one forum, nor repost a topic to the same forum.
Who Can Read The Forum? Anyone can read posts in these discussion boards.
Who Can Post New Topics? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post new topics.
Who Can Post Replies? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post replies.
Can Photos be posted? Anyone can post photos in their new topics or replies.
Who can change or delete posts? Any CoffeeGeek member can edit their own posts. Only moderators can delete posts.
Probationary Period: If you are a new signup for CoffeeGeek, you cannot promote, endorse, criticise or otherwise post an unsolicited endorsement for any company, product or service in your first five postings.
Find the Right Machine...
Package deals on the best machines from Izzo, Quick Mill, Rocket, La Marzocco & more.
www.clivecoffee.com
Home | Opinions | Consumer Reviews | Guides & How Tos | CoffeeGeek Reviews | Resources | Forums | Contact Us
CoffeeGeek.com, CoffeeGeek, and Coffee Geek, along with all associated content & images are copyright ©2000-2014 by Mark Prince, all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Content, code, and images may not be reused without permission. Usage of this website signifies agreement with our Terms and Conditions. (0.377238035202)
Privacy Policy | Copyright Info | Terms and Conditions | CoffeeGeek Advertisers | RSS | Find us on Google+