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EspressoObsessed
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Posted Tue May 8, 2012, 9:47am
Subject: Downsizing our espresso machine
 

We are soon maintaining two households, and our newest one will be an apartment with limited counter space. I am looking to buy a machine with a smaller footprint than the GS/3 (16"w 15"h 21" deep) that meets the following criteria:

*Non-HX machine
*Non-plumbed
*PID controlled or adaptable
*Double boiler
*Good steaming performance

I have previously had a Silvia that was good, but now that I've been living with the GS/3 for so long, it will be hard to go back. Are there any excellent choices out there in a compact machine?

Thanks for your ideas.
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Posted Tue May 8, 2012, 10:59am
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Got to know, what do you have against HX?

 
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Posted Tue May 8, 2012, 3:12pm
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Got to know, what do you have against HX?

Nothing except laziness. Too old to learn new tricks.
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Posted Tue May 8, 2012, 3:19pm
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You might consider the Breville dual boiler.
Its about the same width and height, but only 15"deep.
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Coffeenoobie
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Posted Tue May 8, 2012, 3:46pm
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If you really want small I was thinking lever.... :P

 
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Posted Tue May 8, 2012, 4:39pm
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There isn't much talk of dual boilers that aren't the Breville or the GS/3 around here... At least that I've seen in my short time. Good luck!
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Posted Tue May 8, 2012, 4:47pm
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there's been a bit of chatter about the Duetto (Izzo Alex Duetto II) as well.

dimensions are: 14 1/4"w x 16 1/2"d x 15 3/4"h...so, it's not that much smaller than the GS/3

o/w meets the cirteria

It's a semi-auto, so you'd have to get used to stopping the extraction again.  I've had mine since mid-December and love it!  I upgraded from a Silvia.

 
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Posted Tue May 8, 2012, 4:52pm
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Dalla Corte Mini.
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Posted Tue May 8, 2012, 5:00pm
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Vibe me (darn spell check...Vibiemme )Double Domobar is 10.6"W x 21"D x 16"H. Click Here (www.1st-line.com)
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Posted Tue May 8, 2012, 6:16pm
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1.Rocket R58 is 12.2"W x 17.3"D x 16.1"H

2.Spaziale mini vivaldi S1V2 isn't exactly smaller, only in depth 16.5"W x 16.5"D x 15.5"H
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