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grrrian
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Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 6:43am
Subject: Where to buy an espresso machine in Halifax, Canada?
 

I am new to espresso and would like to buy a machine/grinder; do you know where i can get one in halifax? Your help is so appreciated! Thanks!
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Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 11:10am
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You can't get one here unless you get second hand.  I have a compak k3 touch that I'm looking to sell on kijiji (havn't posted it for awhile, so think its on page 2 or 3 for search for espresso).  I have used 2 online vendors that I'm happy with. Respond to my ad or pm and I can give some advice.
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Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 11:44am
Subject: Re: Where to buy an espresso machine in Halifax, Canada?
 

grrrian Said:

I am new to espresso and would like to buy a machine/grinder; do you know where i can get one in halifax? Your help is so appreciated! Thanks!

Posted May 27, 2013 link

Welcome to CG!

There are a few suppliers in Canada to buy equipment online.  

Here are a few I know.  

idrinkcoffee.ca
greenbeanery.ca
espressoplanet.com
espressotec.com

What is your budget?
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Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 12:05pm
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Thank you for your answers. My budget was $500. I can dish out more money if it can make a big difference. I recently fell in love with espresso but know very little about it. I will be taking a barista class next week.
I was looking at the Breville Barista Express BES870XL simply because it combines grinder and machine; and I read Breville grinders are not bad. What do you recommend?
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Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 12:49pm
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Speaking from experience for a solid setup that will last you are looking at closer to $1,000. Here is what I recommend.

$500 budget
Espresso machine: Ascaso Basic
Grinder: Baratza Encore
I don't have hand's on but I know the name well as well as the specs of the machine.  Brazz boiler, full 58mm portafilter is built to last!
The Encore I tested out for a friend last week and it's great!  Can also grind for drip and press!  Both will cost you $450 shipped. Plus you get a free frothing pitcher, dezcal, spoons and coffee! :p


$1,000 budget

Espresso machine: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: Baratza Encore
Looking at around $800 shipped.
I own the Silvia and I love it!  Lot's of upgrades available.  It's built with commercial parts so it will last a long time!
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Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 2:01pm
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Thank you for your advice! I really have a thing for all metal machines like the Ascaso steel. I will continue shopping and learning I guess.
Do you think that ordering from the vendors you recommended is much better than Amazon.ca? I am asking not because they have coffee expertise but because they have a great return policy.
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Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013, 4:42pm
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You could try these guys, they repair machines and may have something they've acquired through repair or trades. I don't think they sell new but might.

Holt Tech Services
149 Club Rd.
Halifax, NS  B3T 1R1
(902) 430-8324

Also, Java-blend usually has stock on the shelf of Silvia's, maybe more, I haven't been in a while.

 
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Posted Mon Jun 10, 2013, 6:37am
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I am considering buying a used Rocky grinder from a collegue or a baratza under 300$. I was considering the gaggia classic because amazon has it for 399$ now but I am worried about all the plastic and the cheap steam wand. To be honest Lelit pl41 with pid looks like the best bang for the buck but it doesn't seem to be a very popular machine. Your thoughts?
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Posted Mon Jun 10, 2013, 6:50am
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Oh and to answer your question. Info enjoy espresso americano and latte. I will probably be making 2 lattes and one espresso every morning
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Posted Tue Jun 11, 2013, 3:01pm
Subject: Re: Where to buy an espresso machine in Halifax, Canada?
 

grrrian Said:

I am considering buying a used Rocky grinder from a collegue or a baratza under 300$. I was considering the gaggia classic because amazon has it for 399$ now but I am worried about all the plastic and the cheap steam wand. To be honest Lelit pl41 with pid looks like the best bang for the buck but it doesn't seem to be a very popular machine. Your thoughts?

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You'd be better off with a Preciso than the Rocky IMO. Java Blend has them on the shelf for a great price. The LeLit is a decent little machine too, I started on one, did me for ~ 18 months until I got the bug to pull the pin on a lot better setup. I'd definitely buy one again, not sure how useful the PID is though, I didn't have one. Learn to temp surf a bit and you're pulling great shots. Steaming is a little slow but adequate for good microfoam. If you intend to pull back-to-back shots for latte it'll take a bit of time. If you intend to drink one then make another, it'll be fine.

 
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