La Spaziale mini vivaldi has an excellent track record for performance and reliability. I have the vivaldi ii (plumbed version) which is great, and mini performance is on par. CCS has a new Quickmill DB available soon, which would seem to tick off all your requirements, and at a "low" introductory price.
I appreciate all the great ideas. The Breville doesn't save much space. The DCM lacks a hot water spigot; given that almost half of our drinks are Americanos, this won't work. Otherwise it would be the winner, especially as it appears to have a saturated group head. The Mini Vivaldi is too wide and also not PIDed.
It appears that the remaining contenders as highlighted by Jason above are all E61 machines. Thanks for your helpful chart with links!
I am now trying to increase my knowledge base on this type of group. Has the mano aspect of using the E61 changed much with the introduction of DBs and PIDs? Does the group temperature vary much from shot to shot as much as it used to prior to adding them?
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