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Mathfuzzy
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Joined: 24 Mar 2013
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Location: SF Bay Area
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Spaziale Dream T
Grinder: Mazzer Mini E
Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013, 8:36pm
Subject: Thanks So Very Much and Quick Question
 

I didn't want to research and leave without saying "thanks."  Seems as though that would have been poor manners.

I've been reading and researching a replacement for my 20 year-old Gaggia classic. This has been a great resource and I especially appreciated the efforts and insights from the regular (and prolific) contributors. I've used my Gaggia several times every week to make some combination of lattes, espressos and americanos and recognized it was time for an upgrade. I've also had a Pasquini Moka grinder for the last decade.  Anyway, I at least have a bunch of experience with making espresso and espresso drinks and when I realized I needed an upgrade, this forum and the bread crumb trails it lead me to were tremendously valuable.

So, big thanks for the insight, information and help.

At the end of many nights of obsessive research, I ended up ordering a Spaziale Dream T from CCS. And because I was fed up with the Moka's stepped adjustments (closest I could get was 20 second or 35 second double shots, plus at least day old coffee in the doser) so I also ordered a Mazzer Mini electric B.  And because I've also been using an Espro tamper for the last several months, I got a 53mm version of that gem.

Here's the big question - actually two. Does anyone who's bought a Dream or Dream T want to tell me I made a big mistake and should get the non-electronic version of the La Spaziale?  And should I have gotten a k30 Vario for another several hundred dollars, rather than the Mini E?

Thanks again and all the best.

By the way, and with all due respect, I'll be promptly doing my best to spend very little time on the forums as it could get increasingly expensive.
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qualin
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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 12:20am
Subject: Re: Thanks So Very Much and Quick Question
 

Mathfuzzy Said:

And should I have gotten a k30 Vario for another several hundred dollars, rather than the Mini E?

Posted March 24, 2013 link

I think the Mini E is a decent grinder in its own right. It's sized perfectly for the home and has a duty cycle which will handle anything you can throw at it.

The K30 Vario is a step up from the Mini E, something only to be considered if you want something more than what the Mini E can do.

Personally, I don't think I would be able to tell the difference between espresso made with a Mini E and a K30 Vario...

 
Garbage In, Garbage Out, for every step of the process. From Beans to grinder, grounds to machine, coffee to cup.
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Mathfuzzy
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Joined: 24 Mar 2013
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Location: SF Bay Area
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Spaziale Dream T
Grinder: Mazzer Mini E
Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 4:07am
Subject: Re: Thanks So Very Much and Quick Question
 

Thanks - that was generally my take as well.  Just would hate to have gone this far and get it wrong for a few hundred dollars. Still, it's clear you have to stop somewhere. I found myself thinking about a used GS/3, Robur, etc and realized that the Spaz and Mini are going to be just great. They're scheduled to be delivered on Tuesday and I'm all excited about finding out just how far I've upgraded.  Hopefully I'm done for another couple of decades!
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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 7:11am
Subject: Re: Thanks So Very Much and Quick Question
 

heard there has been alot of growing pains with the Dream talking to owners and techs. might want to look on the S1 forum so you are better prepared for when it arives.

heres the link http://s1cafe.com/
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Mathfuzzy
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Location: SF Bay Area
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Espresso: La Spaziale Dream T
Grinder: Mazzer Mini E
Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 8:24am
Subject: Re: Thanks So Very Much and Quick Question
 

kboom1 Said:

heard there has been alot of growing pains with the Dream talking to owners and techs. might want to look on the S1 forum so you are better prepared for when it arives.

heres the link http://s1cafe.com/

Posted March 25, 2013 link

Thanks for the link.  Yeah, i read through a couple of the new owner threads on the S1 Forum over the past week and it sounds as though the latest firmware has addressed issues with the initial batch of machines.  I'm realizing that I'm taking a bit of an early adopter risk, but the trade-off seems okay.  There's not much chatter on this forum from owners of either the Dream or Dream T...either good or bad.

Maybe that's my opportunity to give back...
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