looper Senior Member Joined: 10 Nov 2013 Posts: 1 Location: California Expertise: Just starting
Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 10:10am Subject: Super Automatic Machine advice, replacing a Saeco Magic Deluxe
Hi. I have a Saeco Magic Deluxe, it's about 12 years old, and was refurb to begin with. It's starting to fail - espresso shots aren't hot, about a third of the time the shot is wasted (grind, tamp, dump with nothing produced - I don't know why this would happen). So I'm thinking it's time for a new machine.
I'm currently looking at the Saeco Intuita from Costco (on sale for $400 this week) or the Gaggia Syncrony Logic Rapid Steam from whole latte love, for $475 (no tax, so about the same price). I like the automatic milk frothing of the Syncrony, but whole latte love is selling a new "2013 model" that I can't find any information about online.
To answer the questions in the FAQ: 1) What kind of drinks do you like/want to make? - Espresso, Capuccino, Mocha, Americano
2) How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself needing to make at any one time? About 2 drinks at a time.
3) How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself making in any given week? (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's durability.) About 40 shots a week.
4) Can you plumb a machine directly into the water supply, or do you want/need a pour over machine with its own reservoir? Cannot plumb
5) Do you have a 20-amp circuit available, or only a (standard) 15-amp circuit? Standard only
6) What is your budget for a new machine? Does that also include a grinder? If not, what is your budget for a grinder? $500. Looking for a super-automatic.
7) Are you willing to buy used or do you need new equipment? Do you or family member have the skills to repair used equipment? New or refurb. No skills
8) Do you have the essential accessories (decent tamper, knockbox, the works), otherwise budget about $100 for these. N/A
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