glcoffee Senior Member Joined: 15 Feb 2012 Posts: 67 Location: Los Angeles, CA & Taiwan Expertise: Just starting
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Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012, 2:12pm Subject: Sometimes the cover of the book is more important than its content
I have a friend that is looking to get her first espresso machine. She came to me for recommendation and I shown her various HX machines and their pros/cons. However, one criteria she has given me is that the machine would have to look "pretty" sitting in the kitchen and not a clunk of stainless steel (referencing my Alex Duetto II).
Price range is below $3k USD, counter space/height is adequate. Extra water source is scarce so Plumb-In only is not an option.
What are some of your CG recommendations? Again, high emphasis on "pretty."
Something similar to this:
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Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012, 3:19pm Subject: Re: Sometimes the cover of the book is more important than its content
I think you're brave to take this on !
Taste in the visual aspect of things is very personal, and unfortunately most domestic sized machines that actually work reasonably well are ugly looking (in my view) stainless steel boxes despite some manufacturers trying to fancy them up a bit with a few curves.
You might show her the La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi. I don't know if it looks "pretty" to her, but at least it is different in appearance, and has a good reputation. If I were buying today, it would be one of only 2 machines I'd be considering (the plumb in version though).
Some of the Elektra machines are a bit different. Would she like something like the miniverticale ? (bit, OTT for some tastes, but you never know). The Barlume is well out of her range for several reasons, but I've always like the retro looks.
Before everyone else chimes in, I'm sure you will already have told her to reserve part of the budget for a competent grinder, and choosing that is gonna be tricky too ;o)
Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012, 4:30pm Subject: Re: Sometimes the cover of the book is more important than its content
I have a friend that is looking to get her first espresso machine... However, one criteria she has given me is that the machine would have to look "pretty" sitting in the kitchen and not a clunk of stainless steel...
These are both more rounded. I don't know what machine you showed the photo of but this is as close as I could think off. I think you can get the sides of the Bezzera in colors. If not they could be painted to match her kitchen. I want to paint my Oscar to match mine.
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Posted Fri Sep 21, 2012, 10:17am Subject: Re: Sometimes the cover of the book is more important than its content
I'd recommend she look at Rocket Expresso's Giotto Evoluzione or Premium models. Rocket excels at both the internals (content) and the external styling of their machines. So, she can have the best of both worlds.
Posted Sat Sep 22, 2012, 10:33am Subject: Re: Sometimes the cover of the book is more important than its content
I'll second the NS Musica, maybe even the LUX if she doesn't like the black trim. There is also the Elektra Microcasa Semiautomatica, its not my taste but I can appreciate what its got going on. You might want to go with a Macap/Elektra grinder, they are sort of the only ones I can think of that could be associated with the word "decorative".
A really nice Modern set up would be a Maximatic and a HGOne (pending availability) or Versalab (ditto). Not everyone's cup of tea in term of use, but very clean and considered and very compact. More than a little bit over budget when purchased new however.
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