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Posted Wed Feb 26, 2014, 7:09pm
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rtc872 Said:

To put things back on topic.

YMMV

Posted February 26, 2014 link

That being said, the title of the post, it's erroneous implications, and the fact that the discussion now has nothing to do with it - is that the off topic part you were referring to?

No, I don't think the BDB would make a good machine choice for a small office.  It is OK for one or two shots at home a day.

There.... got us back on topic... ;-)
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Posted Wed Feb 26, 2014, 8:30pm
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Yes, this thread has definitely gotten away from me :-)

I couldn't resist, and did go ahead with Vario + BDB.  The Vario was about $450, and the BDB was about $1050 with the 20% off coupon from Bed Bath & Beyond, just within my budget.  It has been going _great_ so far -- once I have the Vario dialed in, it's been pretty easy for everyone in the office to pull a decent shot.  And it's just complicated enough to bring out the casual snob in everyone :-)  My co-workers love it.  I'm more worried about the reliability of the machine in this higher-traffic environment, but time will tell on that front...
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Posted Wed Feb 26, 2014, 8:50pm
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That is fantastic news. I am glad that everyone is handling the learning curve well. In my extremely limited experience once the grind is dialled in you can train anybody in the quite repetitive process of making a shot to rival most cafes. It is the frothing and god shot that is elusive for me. Also, now they are hooked Chung, if the day were to unfortunately arrive that the BDB meets its maker (Phil) they might fork out some more cash next time to buy an even prettier machine.

BTW Phil, This would be one of the most opportune and prudent moments you could pick to chime in and calm poor Chung's fears about the higher traffic environment and declare the BDB to not only be capable but you will personally ensure that any problems are sorted... Just to stick the boot into all the competitors of Breville that refuse to even grace us with their presence. (It might also make my earlier go at Cal look that little bit more almost truthful. Just a suggestion... oh and YMMV)
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Posted Thu Feb 27, 2014, 5:53pm
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I'd be far less worried about it's reliabilty & far more worried about covering the costs of increased coffee consumption! Earlier bugs have been addressed long ago & we see far less returns across all markets than we used to. If for any reason you strike trouble, our customer call centre will help you out. Breville stands behind its products.

Cheers, Phil
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Posted Fri Feb 28, 2014, 1:40am
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Thanks Phil.

Chung, would you mind keeping us posted in the long term on how the machine copes with the high usage? I imagine some serviceable items will come up at some stage so it would be interesting to hear. Also despite liking the design of the buttons it would be interesting to hear how they cope being stabbed at in a myriad of ways multiple times a day. I wonder if they would wear out too.

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