lala223 Senior Member Joined: 12 Apr 2012 Posts: 1 Location: Eugene, Oregon Expertise: Pro Barista
Posted Thu Apr 12, 2012, 7:27am Subject: Which Machine should I purchase???
Hello all, I am new to the coffee geek forum although I use this site for ALL of my coffee related questions. Here is my question:
I can purchase either a Silva for home or an Exobar Elegance that was previously used in a small food cart. The Silva is about $200 less than the Exobar. I wonder about the purchase because I am a Cappucino drinker and need a very dense foam.
I also need advice on the which grinder I should purchase for HOME use.
Thank you all so much and I look forward to the many great conversations to come!!!
emradguy Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2011 Posts: 3,513 Location: Houston Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2 Grinder: M Major, Macap M4, Pharos,... Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress Roaster: H-B "List of Favorites"
Posted Thu Apr 12, 2012, 5:47pm Subject: Re: Which Machine should I purchase???
so wait, you're a pro barista and wondering if you should buy a home SBDU or a 2 group commercial Expobar, and the price break is only $200? Really? My first question is, what's really wrong with the Expobar that they're selling it for about $500. That raises a huge red flag. You've got some machine examining out to do.
. Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 8,151 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32 Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Msl. Com. brewers Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Apr 13, 2012, 5:01am Subject: Re: Which Machine should I purchase???
To echo Ron, I have been in this "hobby" for several years, I have better equipment in my home than most restaurants, yet as I am not being paid, I would not consider using the title PRO BARISTA, but I guess that is just me.
Your question really is more of a level of someone just starting out. There is NO way a SBDU can share the same counter as a two group commercial machine in the quality of drinks. I also echo the question of what is wrong with the commercial machine, if it is in good working shape, it should be selling for at least three times that price.
As to the question on which grinder, buy the BEST QUALITY GRINDER YOU CAN AFFORD, preferably a commercial one esp if you are going with a commercial quality espresso machine.
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