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Posted Thu Jan 17, 2013, 8:49am
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EagleBoy Said:

My new Brewtus IV just got unboxed.  Have pulled about a dozen shots - all near perfect or perfect.  No temp surfing etc.  I would NEVER buy a non-PID machine again.  Ever. Never ever.

Posted January 16, 2013 link

Congratulations -- hope you and your Brewtus are happy together.  From all reports, it's a fine machine.  OTOH, I probably pull half a dozen to a dozen shots a day on my HX machines, and all are "near perfect or perfect," too.  I would never -- circumstances permitting, of course -- buy a non-plumbed in machine again.  Ever.  Never ever!  ;^)

 
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Posted Thu Jan 17, 2013, 9:46pm
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Trust me - I would have loved the plumbed machine but the kitchen (and CFO) would not allow it.  Next time....   LOL
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Posted Thu Jan 17, 2013, 9:49pm
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When I 1st got into this coffee thing awhile back I went @ it backward mostly because I did not do my homework so I purchased the Machine and skimped on the Grinder & believe U me that was a mistake. One should go for the Grinder 1st to get the required quality grind which can only come from a "good grinder". U have the Rocky Grinder it will give U good service & grind so go for the Espresso Machine. Go for that Machine with gusto and enjoy both items because together they will serve you well.
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Posted Thu Jan 17, 2013, 9:51pm
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shadowsnuzzy Said:

Damn if only I had the budget for a brewtus, I'd be all over that

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Yeah, even on a Boxing Day sale price it is still nuts.  I added the naked portafilter too.  WHat the heck - it is only money.  I have to say the PID machines are the best (so far anyway).  I know LeLit makes one for about $650 and there's that new Arduino open-source PID machine coming out for around $450 that might be worth a look.  But for now Brewtus IV is my best friend.  

I know the grinder is important (I actually have 4 of them; two manual and two electric and each was better than the other).  And they do make a difference to be sure.  But the PID removes one more variable in making a  great coffee.  Even the Mrs. likes it (although not the price!)
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