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samsom_tw
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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:18pm
Subject: update: purchase made!-Newbie needs help spending $700 on a machine and grinder
 

Hello,

Lots of great info here, so thanks for that. The more I read the more confused I become. Sad!

Here is my situation:

I'm an expat in Taiwan in need of an espresson machine and grinder. Gaggia, some Baratza, and Rancilio are available here at a premium.

Machines available:
Gaggia Pure: $300+
Gaggia Classic: $600+
Rancilio Silvia: $800+

Grinders:
Baratza Maestro Plus and Viruoso: $200 and $300
Rancilio Rocky: $400

There are a number of Taiwanese made grinders in the $100 - $400 range. These include the Flying Eagle, Pegasus, and the Mazzer SJ knockoffs.

I'm inclined to take the cheaper Gaggia Pure and get the best grinder possible (Rocky?).

There is a bit of a used market and I wonder if this is the way to go. There are currently two offerings of a Silvia and Rocky combo for $700. These are older units and the Rocky is white.

Thanks in advance.

-M

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Markarian
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Joined: 27 Jun 2012
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Location: Seattle Area
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: ECM Technika IV Profi WT-WC
Grinder: Baratza Forte AP, HG One
Vac Pot: Bunn Trifecta MB
Drip: Moka, Aeropress, Hario V60
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Wed Jan 30, 2013, 5:04am
Subject: Re: Newbie needs help spending $700 on a machine and grinder
 

I can state from experience that the Virtuoso is inadequate for espresso. I had to trade up to the Vario-W, though the Preciso is a cheaper and still decent option.

You have me curious about the other grinders, though. I LOVE Chinese knockoffs of all sorts and find them deeply fascinating. Sometimes you get real winners, better in quality to the original, though albeit not often. Still, I'm inclined to believe a fake SJ is still going to give you better results than a Virtuoso, especially if you can use Mazzer burrs.
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Joined: 24 Nov 2012
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Location: Canada
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: Giga 5, ECM Giotto, Rocket...
Grinder: Anfim Milano-Best
Vac Pot: No  :(
Drip: Some $30 thing from Walmart
Roaster: I buy pre-roasted.
Posted Wed Jan 30, 2013, 5:09am
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I have to point out that buying used means you can sell it for most of your purchase price down the road if/when you do want to buy something else.
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samsom_tw
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Posted Wed Jan 30, 2013, 6:00am
Subject: Re: Newbie needs help spending $700 on a machine and grinder
 

Markarian Said:

I can state from experience that the Virtuoso is inadequate for espresso. I had to trade up to the Vario-W, though the Preciso is a cheaper and still decent option.

You have me curious about the other grinders, though. I LOVE Chinese knockoffs of all sorts and find them deeply fascinating. Sometimes you get real winners, better in quality to the original, though albeit not often. Still, I'm inclined to believe a fake SJ is still going to give you better results than a Virtuoso, especially if you can use Mazzer burrs.

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Well, I may have found a winner that will intrigue your fascination with knockoffs. Perhaps these are more rebrand than knockoff, but here it is:

The GEE Espresso Coffee Machine NT15000. I believe this is a rebranded Crossland CC1. PID and other interesting features that are over my head.

The GEE: Click Here (gee-coffee.com)
The Crossland: http://www.crosslandcoffee.com/

I can get this machine for $500.

It's also offered with the 900N grinder (SJ knockoff?) for just under $800.
Click Here (web.tiamo-cafe.com.tw)

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Posted Wed Jan 30, 2013, 6:02am
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CMIN
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Joined: 14 Jun 2012
Posts: 1,362
Location: South FL
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Wed Jan 30, 2013, 6:22am
Subject: Re: Newbie needs help spending $700 on a machine and grinder
 

CC1 is based off the GEE, CC1 is basically the GEE on steroids lol. There is another company, Hey Cafe, that has their grinders that are copies of known ones (super jolly etc). Their grinders even fixed some issues/quirks that exists in others as well. Owners if then have been very impressed by the build quality and grinding. I actually almost bought one, think the hc-600.
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samsom_tw
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Posted Wed Jan 30, 2013, 6:29am
Subject: Re: Newbie needs help spending $700 on a machine and grinder
 

CMIN Said:

CC1 is based off the GEE, CC1 is basically the GEE on steroids lol. There is another company, Hey Cafe, that has their grinders that are copies of known ones (super jolly etc). Their grinders even fixed some issues/quirks that exists in others as well. Owners if then have been very impressed by the build quality and grinding. I actually almost bought one, think the hc-600.

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Do you know how the CC1 improves on the GEE? I can't identify a difference in specs. Is the GEE a better buy than the Gaggia Baby or Espresso Pure?

Thanks!
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kboom1
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Joined: 31 Aug 2009
Posts: 310
Location: Northeastern Pennsylvania
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Alex2HX,Alex Duetto,Rancilio...
Grinder: Rancilio Rocky,Vario
Roaster: Behmor x2 / USRC Sample...
Posted Wed Jan 30, 2013, 7:22am
Subject: Re: Newbie needs help spending $700 on a machine and grinder
 

I remember looking a the gee a few years back it didnt have good reviews. But was said it had possibilities in later versions if some of the internal layout was reworked.
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Iluvdabean
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Iluvdabean
Joined: 7 Mar 2005
Posts: 1,254
Location: Kentucky
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra/Gaggia...
Grinder: Baratza Preciso/K-A Pro...
Drip: Bonavita BV 1800 TH
Roaster: Nesco 1010/Behmor 1600
Posted Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:02am
Subject: Re: Newbie needs help spending $700 on a machine and grinder
 

At Whole Latte Love right now Gaggia Classic 399.00 and Baratza Preciso 299.00 and thats your 700.00 well sepnt...free shipping and no tax.
I dont know about that shipping deal outside of U.S. though.

samsom_tw Said:

Hello,

Lots of great info here, so thanks for that. The more I read the more confused I become. Sad!

Here is my situation:

I'm an expat in Taiwan in need of an espresson machine and grinder. Gaggia, some Baratza, and Rancilio are available here at a premium.

Machines available:
Gaggia Pure: $300+
Gaggia Classic: $600+
Rancilio Silvia: $800+

Grinders:
Baratza Maestro Plus and Viruoso: $200 and $300
Rancilio Rocky: $400

There are a number of Taiwanese made grinders in the $100 - $400 range. These include the Flying Eagle, Pegasus, and the Mazzer SJ knockoffs.

I'm inclined to take the cheaper Gaggia Pure and get the best grinder possible (Rocky?).

There is a bit of a used market and I wonder if this is the way to go. There are currently two offerings of a Silvia and Rocky combo for $700. These are older units and the Rocky is white.

Thanks in advance.

-M

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Coffeenoobie
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Espresso: N S Oscar
Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:59am
Subject: Re: Newbie needs help spending $700 on a machine and grinder
 

He probably should buy local.

 
Coffeenoobie

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

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