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ccolton
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Location: Wilmington DE
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Espresso: Bezzera BZ07
Grinder: Le 'lit PL53
Posted Wed Apr 18, 2012, 3:22am
Subject: Re: Suggestions for newbie espresso maker to make great latte drinks
 

Hi John,

I don't know about the auto-dosing feature so you should listen to those who are more knowledgeable.  Good luck.

Yes I have a boat and will be close by - I just reserved dock space at Delaware City Marina.  I recently purchased a neglected 1969 Swan 43 sloop.  To launch, I need to finish building a new rudder, if that gives you any idea about the condition of the boat.  Like you, I have children who love the water and working on boats, two boys, ages 15 and 19, so they really can do a lot.

Now I am thinking about how I can get my wife to consider an espresso machine for the boat!

I think you will like the BZ07 but, like me, you may start to drink too much coffee!

Chris
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Posted Wed Apr 18, 2012, 6:36am
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Chris.
For the boat, if you have a cook top in the galley you can get a stove top hot water kettle and a My Pressi twist then take your grinder from home and have all you could ever want on the boat. It will not take up a lot of room, is easy to use, gives great espresso and does not require any electric power. I have one for travel as it was the best answer for me to the limits of size, weight and power requirements. You should at least give it a look as it is only $149 and in a pinch, you can just use a sauce pan on the stove for the hot water. YMMV!

 
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ccolton
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Location: Wilmington DE
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Espresso: Bezzera BZ07
Grinder: Le 'lit PL53
Posted Wed Apr 18, 2012, 12:31pm
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Hi CalBlacksmith,

Thanks for the reply.  I looked "My Pressi twist" up on google and watched the video - very cool.  I think that's the ticket for me!

Chris
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Location: Chadds Ford, PA
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Posted Sun Apr 29, 2012, 8:21pm
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Back from vacation and ready to pull the trigger tomorrow. Still going with the BZ07 and the W Vario.

Next stop, accessories and grinds!
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Coffeenoobie
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Location: PNW
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Espresso: N S Oscar
Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Mon Apr 30, 2012, 12:42am
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I think you made a good choice.

Good luck and let us know how it goes for you.

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

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Posted Thu May 10, 2012, 6:12pm
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Tried to order today but no one ever called me back!  Looking at B7O7 fully auto, Vario W and a few accessories. I forget what my original budget was but I have a feeling this is about 2x what my original plan was!
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justthefacts
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Location: Florida
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Posted Fri May 11, 2012, 4:00am
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I was in the same position as you last October. I ended up blowing my budget and bought a BZ07 Semiautomatic and a Vario (the Vario W was just being introduced). In retrospect, I should have gone with the fully automatic and the W, so I think you are making a fantastic choice. I didn't I predict how much I would appreciate the fully automatic feature. At the time, I cringed at the thought of paying the extra $100. Funny how I look back and think, "yeah, that would have been worth it". I also didn't realize, as a noob, that I would prefer dosing by weight.  I thought the timed feature of the Vario would be sufficient, but I found that I like the better control weighing the dose gives me. So now I am weighing out my beans and then single dosing the grinder.

Nevertheless, I am making great coffee and enjoying my setup multiple times a day.

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Espresso: N S Oscar
Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Fri May 11, 2012, 10:53am
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It might be over your budget but this is not an impulse buy you have been thinking about this for at least a month.  You have researched it and made an informed choice. With a set up like that you should never have to upgrade.  (doesn't mean you might ever want too but you will not be forced to)  I did the same thing, went way over what I first said I would spend, but I thought about it a lot and read all the "I want to upgrade this starter machine" posts and figured in the long run I would be happier with a machine I would live with for a long time.  And I love the weighing right into my basket with the vario W.

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

My coffee treasure map...
Click Here (maps.google.com)

Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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Posted Fri May 11, 2012, 9:12pm
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B7O7 fully auto, Vario W, tamper and milk jug (forget the name) has me slightly over $2000 with overnight saturday delivery.  Now that it will arrive in time for Mother's Day, where can I get beans?  Would Whole Foods carry them?  I'm going to get plenty of whole milk and beans so we can spend a lot of time practicing making all these drinks.  Hopefully I can make a decent latte on Sunday for us to enjoy.
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Coffeenoobie
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Posted Fri May 11, 2012, 11:15pm
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some wholefoods do have good beans.  search your area on the web.

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

My coffee treasure map...
Click Here (maps.google.com)

Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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