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washburned
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012, 6:39pm
Subject: Re: Decision Time Breville or Nuova Era
 

bagscoffee Said:

In addition to information overload, I'm shopping for a machine that's technically for my wife, so it has to be relatively simple and she has to like it.  In the end, I went to a large retailer and bought the BDB.  If I hate it, or she hates it, or it sucks or it breaks down, I have the option to return it.  That made pulling the trigger much, much easier for me.

Posted December 19, 2012 link

That is a good point, but it moves me away from the BDB because I don't want to spend full price on one. So maybe that is my answer if I am only willing to get the Breville at a discount I should pass and get what I really want which is....
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012, 7:06pm
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That is a good observation.  If you don't think it is worth full price then maybe you would be happier with something else.

 
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012, 9:36pm
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washburned Said:

I would like  to know why you like the bezzera over the cuadra?

Posted December 19, 2012 link

OK.  First of all, there is nothing wrong with an E61 group head.  It is a great design. Proof positive?  It is still in use after 50+ years.  But does anyone truly believe that there have been no improvements in the design over the past half-century?

Virtually every manufacturer -- if they aren't using an E61/E61 clone -- uses a proprietary design based on the E61 group.  The Bezzera BZ07 uses a thermostatically controlled group head.  It is very stable, from a thermal perspective, and that's a good thing . . . .

 
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washburned
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:11pm
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I am now spending my time reading about the bezzera and the cuadra. I hope to order one of them soon. Thanks for all the help
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012, 6:51am
Subject: Re: Decision Time Breville or Nuova Era
 

FWIW, I used one of the ubiquitous 20% off coupons at BBB.  They took it despite Breville being listed in the exclusions.

Honestly, this isn't the machine that I want, but this whole adventure started out because my wife asked for an espresso machine for Christmas. The BDB is the most user friendly of the machines I considered, so I got it. I'm really hoping that she'll get comfortable with the process and we can eventually upgrade to something more shiny and Italian.
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:12pm
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If she likes the cooking process I think she will probably like it.  If she doesn't like to bother with steps in order like for baking then she might not.....

 
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012, 7:47pm
Subject: Re: Decision Time Breville or Nuova Era
 

The decision has been made.  Not by me as I was stuck, I had my wife choose based on appearance alone and she chose the Cuadra. I ordered one from First line along with a bottomless PF and a fancy tamper. It won't be delivered in time for Christmas but better late than never. Hopefully the Vario I ordered earlier in the week will be here soon enough.  I have the say it was pleasure dealing with first line they were very helpful. Thanks to everyone for all the help with the machine choice.  I will be using the time waiting to read up on how to use it all.
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012, 8:13pm
Subject: Re: Decision Time Breville or Nuova Era
 

Hey CONGRATS!!!
I am sure you will be happy, now the long wait begins, it will feel like years but it won't be.
Do not be shy about asking questions, I am sure you will have many of them.

ENJOY!

 
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012, 8:18pm
Subject: Re: Decision Time Breville or Nuova Era
 

calblacksmith Said:

Hey CONGRATS!!!
I am sure you will be happy, now the long wait begins, it will feel like years but it won't be.
Do not be shy about asking questions, I am sure you will have many of them.

ENJOY!

Posted December 20, 2012 link

Thanks, I am sure I will have some questions.
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:32pm
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Congratulations!  Enjoy!!!

 
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