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perceval
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Posted Sun Sep 8, 2013, 7:57pm
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Searched on this board for some infos regarding coffee forums in Taiwan, but the links provided don't exist anymore, or have downsized to just selling bags of coffee beans!  :)  Guess that's where the money is... not from selling equipment!

Anyway, I'm looking for help trying to find a place to buy some second-hand espresso machines.
I've been on the 2 auction sites (Yahoo and PCHome "Reuten") and it is now mostly populated with vendors offering their products.. not much in terms of second hand stuff... Well, there are a few 2 or 3-group machines that need 220v, plumbed and a LOT of kitchen counter space!  :)

I had my eye on a La Scala butterfly but the seller had a change of heart.  Another 7 year old Butterfly is offered at $1,500 ... when a new one is $1,750... yeah, right!

Enough ranting.
I've checked the Bella Coffee forum, but they are shutting down and not accepting any new members.
The Barista Guild of Taiwan doesn't seem updated often and doesn't offer a trading section.
SimpleKaffa has one post from 2013, and then drops to ... 2008.

So, I'm opened to suggestions!  :)    Thanks!
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Posted Sun Sep 8, 2013, 10:34pm
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I'm guessing you're not local from Taiwan? Do you read Chinese?

Taiwan is 110v so you can buy anything from the USA and use it there
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Posted Mon Sep 9, 2013, 12:40am
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I am indeed an expat living in Taiwan.

Reading Chinese websites with Google Chrome is easy enough... I have been here long enough to know most of the lingo!

Yes, Taiwan is 110v, but taxes are quite steep on "luxury" items when it goes over $500.... it often doubles the original price.
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Posted Mon Sep 9, 2013, 2:34am
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Yes, true....I found it impossible to find a good machine for a reasonable price in Taiwan. I ended up lugging a breville from the USA on a trip. I suggest you do the same =)

That said, Taiwan has one of the best coffee cultures in Asia (IMO anyway!) so having a machine might not be a necessity....

http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/dunway999/archive?l=f&id=39
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Posted Mon Sep 9, 2013, 2:50am
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It wasn't so 10 years ago but Taiwan is not bad for coffee now, indeed.

If you live in a big city that is...
Since I live in a small village of the Hualien countryside, the coffee situation is not happening!
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Posted Wed Dec 25, 2013, 11:16pm
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If you can make a trip to Taipei, take a look at Tiamo; they have some decent stuff as I recall.  There's a few branches around, but the one that I'm familiar with is on Zhongxiao East Road, near the Yongchun MRT station.  Hope that's helpful.

 
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Posted Thu Dec 26, 2013, 12:52am
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Thanks!

But I'm all set up now!

I contacted La Scala directly in Italy, they have someone in Koashiung that acts like a distributor.  La Scala sent me a Butterfly through them.

I'm loving it!
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