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CMIN
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Location: South FL
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Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:05am
Subject: FOUND: HX or Dual Boiler or CC1 Pid type machine $600-$1k range
 

Looking at upgrading. Been eyeing the CC1 w/ Pid (if you have one for sale post up), but love the Breville Dual which I can use 20% off at BBB. However if anybody has a nice HX or similar machines like above for sale in the $600-$1000 range let me know. I'll be making a decision soon if not damn fast lol so post up what you have. I've been back searching on here and missed some killer deals :(

Saw 1st line has the Nuova Cuadra II for just over 1k so that's enticing too, but in that range the Breville Dual Boiler is too good to pass up, I love my friends. But willing to consider others :)

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BarryR
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Espresso: CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Drip: Behmor Brazen, Clever...
Roaster: Hottop KN-8828B2-K
Posted Tue Jun 19, 2012, 6:03pm
Subject: Re: WTB: HX or Dual Boiler or CC1 Pid type machine $600-$1k range
 

I'm very happy with my CC1 (they all have PID, as you may know). If you need a grinder then the package deals at SCG save you $100, essentially making it a $600 machine (and they throw in a naked PF).
While more money will get you more machine, I think this is an outstanding value and strikes a great balance:

Built in PID
58mm grouphead
Pretty fast frothing times (though if you do lots of lattes, etc at a time, DB or HX are probably preferable).
Pre-infusion (though I'm not sure how much this matters).

There are many posts here discussing various machines in this price range.
Granted, build quality / relliability is a bit of an unknown, but Bill Crossland has an excellent reputation and has been extremely responsive to a couple inquiries of mine.
Posts here have raised concerns about quality of previous Breville machines.

SCG has a video doing a head to head comparison of the CC1 and the Breville DB (If I remember correctly) and I think the CC1 fared pretty well.
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CMIN
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Joined: 14 Jun 2012
Posts: 1,356
Location: South FL
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Tue Jun 19, 2012, 7:15pm
Subject: Re: WTB: HX or Dual Boiler or CC1 Pid type machine $600-$1k range
 

Yeh out of the PID machines in that range, I def would go CC1, I never cared for the Silvia quirks w/o a PID as it's way to finicky which is annoying if your using multiple coffee's that are ground slightly different and tamped different etc, almost any other machine is more forgiving including the CC1 from what I've learned. Plus I actually like the cool black and metal look of the CC1, not sure why so many don't like it's looks??? The Le'Lit PID is cool too but hard to find and seems to always be out of stock as they sell fast at 1st line.

The Breville honestly rocks, though I've got a couple nice deals lined up so far so checking out the machines. But my friend bought the Breville Dual Boiler last year and uses it heavy and it hasn't skipped a beat, vs his Gaggia Classic and Silvia he had before that were both problem machines. It's def on par with machines costing way more $$$. And the espresso it makes is so yummy lol. Tons of cool features. I think Breville def changed it's rep around with this machine, the Smart Grinder is awesome for the money as well, I liked it better than the Preciso I had which ground no better then the shim'd SG and didn't look as sharp/nice, sold it but have a Hario Ceramic Slim right now till I choose another grinder and honestly I'm blown away at how nice it grinds for espresso for 30 bucks (on par with the others easily in the 200-300 range). I can get it 20% off at BBB but BBB get's you on tax and charges shipping even if delivered to their store for pickup (and their delivery times can be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks with no def answer which makes no sense as I can get it 2 days on Amazon Prime) so it ends up not far off others that included extra gifts and some don't charge tax.

But for the price difference I have lined up on some of these machines I'm considering I'll pry hold off on it and maybe grab it sometime this year if they have another sale on it like last year where it was 30% off at some places.
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