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Mister2
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Posted Fri May 10, 2013, 7:11am
Subject: Buying an espresso machine in Canada or Europe?
 

Morning coffeegeeks,

First post here...

Im currently in Montreal, Canada and moving to Italy for 2 years at the end of the summer.

Im contemplating on buying a new espresso machine (maybe Rocket Giotto or similar) but am wondering if I should by it in Canada or in Italy.

I would guess that an Italian machine would be cheaper in Italy but will the electric module (?) still be functional when I'll come back to Canada (volt, amp, ...)?

Thanks for your help

SL
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Posted Fri May 10, 2013, 7:19am
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110/120v in Canada, 220/240v in the EU. Wherever you buy, you need a step-up or step-down transformer in the other location. I would recommend buying a used machine in Italy to use while you're there, and save up for a good new machine when you return to North America.
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Posted Fri May 10, 2013, 7:30am
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GVDub Said:

110/120v in Canada, 220/240v in the EU. Wherever you buy, you need a step-up or step-down transformer in the other location. I would recommend buying a used machine in Italy to use while you're there, and save up for a good new machine when you return to North America.

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+1 on that recommendation. Besides -- a transformer (220 to 110v) for that kind of power will be huge and not too easy to find. And what will you do about service, especially under-warranty repairs when you're in Italy? Buy a used one, heck -- you may even be able to rent some models to experiment with, and come back with priceless knowledge/experience, ready to buy a machine to serve you in Canada.

Good luck, and safe travel!
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