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Spankee1670
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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2012, 9:39am
Subject: Looking for new machine
 

I currently own a expobar brewtus iv rotary pump with pid,looking to get alex duetto ll any opinions?
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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2012, 9:57am
Subject: Re: Looking for new machine
 

Spankee1670 Said:

any opinions?

Posted November 21, 2012 link

About what?

No.  Seriously.  About what?  You appear to be making a lateral move, so what is YOUR reasoning behind doing so?  Only THEN -- once we understand the "why" -- does offering an opinion make sense.

You don't mention what kind of a grinder you have.  You might be better off upgrading the grinder and keeping the Brewtus, but -- again -- one needs to know why you are looking to upgrade . . .

 
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Espresso: Izzo Alex Duetto 3
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Posted Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:15pm
Subject: Re: Looking for new machine
 

Unless your Brewtus has some serious electrical or mechanical issues which can't be repaired, I don't see any point in moving to an Alex Duetto.

The biggest difference feature-wise between the two machines is that the Duetto can run off a reservoir while the Brewtus can't. As well, the Brewtus doesn't use stainless steel throughout, but that won't affect your coffee.
(If buying a new machine is justification for this, you can work around it by using a 15 litre water bottle and a flo-jet pump.)

If you really truly want to upgrade from a Brewtus, you could consider going a huge step up to an Elektra T1, Nuova Simonelli Appia or even a La Marzocco GS/3.

Even still, like what Jason said, you will notice more of an upgrade if you upgrade your grinder rather than your machine.  

For example, you could consider buying a titan-class commercial grinder. Such as a Mahlkonig K30, Compak K10, Mazzer Kony, etc..

 
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Posted Sat Nov 24, 2012, 8:14am
Subject: Re: Looking for new machine
 

qualin Said:

Unless your Brewtus has some serious electrical or mechanical issues which can't be repaired, I don't see any point in moving to an Alex Duetto.

The biggest difference feature-wise between the two machines is that the Duetto can run off a reservoir while the Brewtus can't. As well, the Brewtus doesn't use stainless steel throughout, but that won't affect your coffee.
(If buying a new machine is justification for this, you can work around it by using a 15 litre water bottle and a flo-jet pump.)

If you really truly want to upgrade from a Brewtus, you could consider going a huge step up to an Elektra T1, Nuova Simonelli Appia or even a La Marzocco GS/3.

Even still, like what Jason said, you will notice more of an upgrade if you upgrade your grinder rather than your machine.  

For example, you could consider buying a titan-class commercial grinder. Such as a Mahlkonig K30, Compak K10, Mazzer Kony, etc..

Posted November 23, 2012 link

Exactly what he said^.
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Posted Sat Nov 24, 2012, 10:16am
Subject: Re: Looking for new machine
 

Im tierd of repairing this machine,first the opv valve now the pump. What a surprise just after my waranty expires.........
And I know I must upgrade my grinder which is the rocky doserless.
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Posted Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:12pm
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Spankee1670 Said:

Im tierd of repairing this machine,first the opv valve now the pump. What a surprise just after my waranty expires.........And I know I must upgrade my grinder which is the rocky doserless.

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Well, I upgraded from the Rocky Doserless to a Mazzer Mini Electronic.. The difference in the quality of the drinks was so noticeable that it was like buying a whole new machine as well!

IMHO, Get your Brewtus repaired, a pump isn't that expensive, (Relatively speaking) then spend the money you were planning on spending on a really decent grinder.

As much as I hate to say it, I believe the Brewtus uses pretty standard off the shelf components, same as the Alex/Alex Duetto.

When you want to go past "Off the Shelf", you are looking at much more severe cash outlay.. and IMHO, keeping a machine with off-the-shelf components does make it easier to repair.

 
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