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agentzero
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Posted Wed Dec 12, 2012, 6:34pm
Subject: What should I spend $600 on?
 

Hi all,

Sorry for another "what machine to get" question.

My current set-up is Saeco Aroma (non-pressurized portafilter) and Baratza Preciso grinder.

It's okay, but I have a hard time pulling a consistent and/or decent shot.  It may be my technique and/or I don't have the hang/patience for temperature surfing.

I have about $600 to spend.  Is there an obvious upgrade path for me?  I'm interested in the CC1 or Lelit PL041 with PID, but am wondering how lateral the move would be from a Saeco Aroma.

Or, should I just try to work on pulling decent shots from my Saeco?  Or, attempt to PID it?

Details below.  Thanks!

1)  What kind of drinks do you like/want to make? - Cappuccino and espresso shots
2)  How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself needing to make at ay one time?     2-3
3)  How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself making in any given week?  - 6 (weekend use mostly)
4)  Can you plumb a machine directly into the water supply, or do you want/need a pourover machine with its own reservoir? - I live in an apartment with small kitchen.  Needs own reservoir.
5)  Do you have a 20-amp circuit available, or only a (standard) 15-amp circuit? Only standard circuit
6)  What is your budget for a new machine and/or grinder?  $600
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Markarian
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Markarian
Joined: 27 Jun 2012
Posts: 658
Location: Seattle Area
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: ECM Technika IV Profi WT-WC
Grinder: Baratza Forte AP, HG One
Vac Pot: Bunn Trifecta MB
Drip: Moka, Aeropress, Hario V60
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Wed Dec 12, 2012, 7:30pm
Subject: Re: What should I spend $600 on?
 

A used Oscar, so long as it's clean inside and out. That's what I did, moving from my Saeco Aroma. Then sell your Aroma and use the extra money to trade in your Preciso for a Vario or Vario-W.
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D4F
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Joined: 15 Mar 2012
Posts: 2,038
Location: USA
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Classic PID
Grinder: Baratza Forte-AP
Posted Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:26pm
Subject: Re: What should I spend $600 on?
 

Do you have upgraditis, or just want better espresso?  

If you PID the Aroma it will be more consistent.  If you PID with a Kit $200 is a ballpark estimate.  DIY may be $50-100 depending on sensor/thermocouple and how much you do.  Are you willing to spend that on your SBDU machine?  I would not look for another SBDU as an "upgrade."  I have a Gaggia and PID made it much easier to use.  If you want a little reading.

http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machinemods/571792

I might look for a used Oscar if I wanted to upgrade in that budget.

 
D4F also at
http://www.gaggiausersgroup.com/
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