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hydrologic
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:32pm
Subject: La Cimbali Junior Casa DT1 or Elektra Sixties Model T1??? help me decide
 

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!!!
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012, 6:52am
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There really isn't much to say, go with what you like the looks of best.
One inch of depth will NOT be seen, really unless you put the other machine side by side. It is your money and your personal taste. I like a little different look than the T1 but not enough to stop me from buying one if one came by at a good price.

 
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012, 7:20am
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012, 9:31am
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Well it might be a slight case of upgraditis but I've had the Vivalvdi for over 4 years and honestly I'm kind over the plastic cheezy look of it. We're going remodel the kitchen and I want something that will go better with it once done. Also, from what I've read, the DT1 or T1 are much more capable machines. Also while spending 3K might be crazy for some people spending over 6K on the GS/3 is completely insane to me and I would never do it so after this upgrade I'll be good until I hit the lottery. What commercial spring lever do you recommend? I've always been intrigued by them.
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012, 9:48am
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If we're voting, the DT1 has the edge in overall build quality, but I say go for the T1 (unless you like updosing which, if I remember, the elektra groups don't like).

 
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:01pm
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JPF Said:

If we're voting, the DT1 has the edge in overall build quality, but I say go for the T1 (unless you like updosing which, if I remember, the elektra groups don't like).

Posted November 12, 2012 link

Actually, Junior isn't super keen on updosing much either in my experience.
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Posted Tue Nov 13, 2012, 6:36am
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MikeReilly Said:

Actually, Junior isn't super keen on updosing much either in my experience.

Posted November 12, 2012 link

There you go.....T1!

 
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Posted Thu Nov 15, 2012, 8:56am
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Rich, welcome to CG . . . lived in Santa Cruz for 14 years; always nice to see someone from my old hometown . . .

hydrologic Said:

(W)hat to choose??? the La Cimbali Junior Casa DT1 or Elektra Sixties Model T1???

Posted November 11, 2012 link

This was exactly the same choice I had to make several years ago, when I upgraded from a Ala di Vittoria "La Valentina", which I purchased based in no small part based upon the review the above link will take you to.  (I still have it, BTW; I use it in my office Monday-Friday.)

Now, the "Casa" is a newer model, but I was stuck between the La Cimbali Junior DT1 (check out that review) and the Elektra Sixties T1 (check out that review, too -- note the now-discontinued A3 and the T1 are the same machine, just semi-and full).

Flip a coin, Rich.  Both are EXCELLENT machines.  At this point, remember that it's going to be in your kitchen for years to come:  get the one you like the LOOKS of more.  You're going to be living with it for quite a while.  

And congratualtions -- no matter which you choose!

Cheers,
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Posted Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:22pm
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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.
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