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Posted Mon Feb 3, 2014, 2:21pm
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Rich, good job, clear, easy to read :D
If we only had a budget to work with!

 
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Posted Mon Feb 3, 2014, 2:51pm
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kind of surprising you guys have put so much into your replies, without any idea how much he wants to or can spend.  Well, I suppose the fact that he's got a Preciso and isn't going to upgrade that gives one a clue?

anyhow, here's my advice...

go buy something from Chris' Coffee Service (www.chriscoffee.com).  Pretty much everything he sells has been recommended here at some point, and the stuff we no longer recommend...well, he doesn't sell that anymore either (these events are mutually exclusive)....which is more than can be said of just about every other website that sells coffee stuff - even the other sites we really love!

 
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Posted Fri Feb 7, 2014, 6:28pm
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I've personally always like the Gaggia Baby. The thermal block is great and you can usually pick one up for around 300.

Save your money and go get an expensive grinder.
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