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tdifraia
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 4:52pm
Subject: Re: Office Control vs La Nuova Era Cuadra
 

Jim I saw that, but I didnt think it was the same as the Cuadra 2. Is it? Is it a HX?

1stline Said:

Tommy,

Thanks for your interest in Cuadra. We have our parts selection here.

As for machines, we do have a limited inventory of a blue panel Cuadra model currently starting at $949.

You can email me any questions you have to the sales address on our web site. You are more than welcome to visit in NJ.

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tdifraia
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 6:34pm
Subject: Re: Office Control vs La Nuova Era Cuadra
 

Do the A006 and A007 have the same internals (Brew Group, HX Boiler, etc) as the Cuadra2? And just have different externals ie.. panels, drip tray, steam and water wands??? There are no specs on the 1st-line web site.
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tdifraia
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 6:59pm
Subject: Re: Office Control vs La Nuova Era Cuadra
 

Thanks for your respected opinion. May I ask what you are basing that on? A few examples of why?

JasonBrandtLewis Said:

Between the two?  La Nuova, hands down.

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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 7:34pm
Subject: Re: Office Control vs La Nuova Era Cuadra
 

Expobar producers some multi-group commercial espresso machines.  I have no experience with these, and have -- in fact -- never seen one in my travels across the US, Portugal, Spain, etc.  I cannot speak to the quality of these machines.

Expobar produces the Brewtus line of double-boiler machines -- primarily for home use -- which enjoy a solid reputation and a relatively large consumer base across the U.S.  I have not used one of these, except once at a friend's house, but given the number of long-time participants of both CG and HB who have (and who are happy with them), I cannot criticize them.

BUT the "Office" line of espresso machines have had a series of QC (quality control) problem.  I purchased one, and had to have it returned and get my money back.  Others I know have had their machines leak, short out, etc.

What I would really do is look in my couch cushions at get a Bezzera BZ07, or -- if there wasn't any coins hidden there -- a BZ02.

Barring that, I'd get the Cuadra.

 
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Posted Fri Jan 25, 2013, 8:35am
Subject: Re: Office Control vs La Nuova Era Cuadra
 

tdifraia Said:

Jim I saw that, but I didnt think it was the same as the Cuadra 2. Is it? Is it a HX?

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edited: added 'as'

All the Cuadra machines, 'as' of this writing, are HX. I emailed ya the link for the differences. I hope it helps.

 
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Posted Fri Jan 25, 2013, 9:53am
Subject: Re: Office Control vs La Nuova Era Cuadra
 

Thank you Jim. I can imagine how busy you are running a business, so thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Im pretty close to pulling the trigger on a Cuadra from 1st-line.

1stline Said:

edited: added 'as'

All the Cuadra machines, 'as' of this writing, are HX. I emailed ya the link for the differences. I hope it helps.

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Posted Fri Jan 25, 2013, 9:58am
Subject: Re: Office Control vs La Nuova Era Cuadra
 

So from what I have gathered all the changes between the CuadraII and the Cuadra A006&7 are external. The panels, colors, wands and drip trays are different. The internals, Brew Group, HX Boiler etc .... are the same. Same person wearing different clothing..;)

1stline Said:

edited: added 'as'

All the Cuadra machines, 'as' of this writing, are HX. I emailed ya the link for the differences. I hope it helps.

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Posted Sat Feb 16, 2013, 6:36am
Subject: Re: Office Control vs La Nuova Era Cuadra
 

tdifraia,

I am in the same boat as you are, however only thing that is making me think about CuderaII is very short warranty. I understand after glancing at 79 page Cudera thread that lot of people like it but that warranty and return policy is making me think again.

Dod you make a decision? what did you buy ?
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Posted Sat Feb 16, 2013, 9:56am
Subject: Re: Office Control vs La Nuova Era Cuadra
 

After a ton of research, I ended up with neither of these machines. I went with a Quickmill QM67. I figured instead of purchasing a machine and upgrading down the road, I would just drop the extra $$$ and get my dream machine NOW. The Quickmill was a great choice for me. It has 2 PIDs, one for each Boiler. I had no previous experience and this machine was so easy to learn on. The PID gave me instant control of the temperature and there was no temp surfing involved. I was pulling good shots IMMEDIATELY. I also was able to nail the steaming / frothing of milk within a week. It also came with a 2 year Warranty, which doubles because I used an American Express card, which doubles the warranty. This gives me 4 years. I also purchased a buyers remorse machine which saved me $400. I purchased the machine from Chris Coffee, and am extremely comfortable with this company if I have any issues. The machine is so simple to use the learning curve was minimal. I have a Vario grinder and have been using Atomic Cafe to purchase my beans. I just realized you were asking about the Office and Cuadra and I am rambling about the QM67. Sorry, I would be thrilled to tell you what I like about the QM if you want. The only thing I can tell you about the La Nuova is that 1st Line Coffee was extremely helpful and courteous with me while I was asking questions. I was leaning more towards the Cuadra because of 1st line and the support they would have provided. They have an extensive amount of parts in the event I needed to make repairs down the road.

rjamya Said:

tdifraia,

I am in the same boat as you are, however only thing that is making me think about CuderaII is very short warranty. I understand after glancing at 79 page Cudera thread that lot of people like it but that warranty and return policy is making me think again.

Dod you make a decision? what did you buy ?

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Posted Sat Feb 16, 2013, 9:59am
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I have been impressed with 1st Line Coffee's answers on this thread and others.  Things like that will matter to me when I upgrade.

 
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