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cuznvin
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 1:58pm
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Dapuma Said:

ugh Chris's Coffee had a promo double boiler model for 1300...it is gone before i could call - guess I was right to note it was a good deal at least

Posted February 21, 2013 link

What kind  of machine?
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 5:41pm
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it was an Anita 2B, which looked like the Anita but it had all the guts of the quick mill QM67 and was a floor demo model, i guess it was the promo for the QM67, but at 1300, that is 600 off, and 200 off the price of the Anita

Seemed like a smoking deal
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Posted Sat Feb 23, 2013, 2:20am
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CharityV Said:

Honestly? There are soooooo many machines out there of that level these days, I narrowed it down to those carried by Seattle Coffee Gear, because I can go in and pick up the machine in person when I buy (I am close enough geographically, and my best friend lives in Seattle, where I visit frequently), and as I researched, I just really liked what I was seeing with the Quickmill and Rocket brands, both of which have longevity and are well known companies with solid machines and a long history of reviews. Are there lots of other machines out there that could fit the bill? Sure. But these choices fit my needs and what I am looking for in a machine, I like what I've seen, I like how they look, they are solid...why make myself crazy with choices when I've found something that fits me?

Posted February 19, 2013 link

If you live in Oregon why not visit Clive Coffee?  They're located in Portland, have pretty much sell the same machines as SCG and have their own showroom as well.  Plus I don't think you'd have to pay taxes in Oregon but you'd have to pay the 9.5% tax if you picked up the item in person at SCG.  If you do buy from SCG you might as well just spot out the machine you like and then just order it online to avoid the absurd tax.

http://www.clivecoffee.com/
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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:29am
Subject: Re: 2k budget ideas and Quick Mill Anita vs Andreja Premium
 

Temp Surfing Question

After reading everything again about the different machines and the heat exchange machines versus the double boiler machines - I do not exactly understand what temp surfing would mean

So compare the Anita to the Andreja Premium to the QM67

Does temp surfing me the recovering time from pulling a shot to pulling a second shot?  Does it mean from the time you steam to the time you can pull a shot?  Or is that only with a single boiler the heat exchange machine you will not have to temp surf

If I am entertaining and pull 4 double shots ouf ot he machine as well as steam will I have a lot of downtime on any of the machines I have listed?
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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2013, 1:19am
Subject: Re: 2k budget ideas and Quick Mill Anita vs Andreja Premium
 

cuznvin Said:

Awesome.. This will probably be the machine I get. I would love to buy from CCS but dont want to pay tax. I have found clive coffee to be very responsive and helpful. May go with them...So no sour shots?

Posted February 20, 2013 link

Seriously?

You live in NY, which is where Chris Coffee is located.  You're considering a machine which Chris Coffee designed.  Yet, to avoid a slight charge on tax, you're going to buy the machine from a company who is on the other side of the country?

You do know that Chris Coffee supplies Clive with their machines(well,not the breville, and maybe not the GS/3), and your machine will likely ship to you from Chris Coffee anyway?

What if you need to send the machine in for repairs?  Would you rather ship a machine across the country, or somewhere in the same state?

How far are you from Albany?  Why not go pick up the machine yourself?  Ive bought three machines and two grinders, along with countless other random orders, all from Chris Coffee, and for the major purchases, I went and picked up the stuff myself.  You can also make an appt with one of their sales members to see, in person, pretty much every machine they sell.  Thier showroom is very big, and almost every machine is in there, side by side, ready for comparison.  First time I was in the showroom, I wasn't even buying a machine, I was picking up a $50 part for a different machine, one they didn't sell me, and I still left the showroom vibrating from all the espresso I drank.



Listen, its no secret that I am a loyal, outspoken customer of Chris Coffee Service to those who know me.  Since my very first phone call to Mary over four years ago, the friendly, knowledgeable service I have receieved, is truly second to none.  Each person who you talk to, is a coffeegeek.  They all know how to make espresso, and they know what good espresso is.  They understand fresh coffee is paramount.  Talking to any one of the sales or service staff, is like chatting with soimeone here or on HB, except their knowledge about the machines is extensive.  Chris Coffee is a unique company, you won't find too many companies which can be compared to them.  The vast majority of home machines Chris sells, are not just off the shelf machines, but machines that have been brought to market because of him.  Each model has been tweaked, changed, updated and upgraded, based on his knowledge of espresso machines, as well as what WE, THE ENTHUSIAST COMMUNITY ask for!  Thier machines are solid, reliable, and incredibly popular, and a large portion of the enthusiast community owns a machine that Chris Coffee is responsible for.


Living in NY, and considering buying a QUICKMILL of all brands, from ANYWHERE but Chris Coffee Service is ridiculous if you ask me.  

What I seriously suggest is give Chris Coffee Service a CALL.  I wont speak for them when it comes to what kind of pricing is available on what machines, but suffice it to say, the advertised price is the price you pay when you just click "buy now".  Call them, ask them for their best price.  Hell, tell them flat out, you don't want to be penalized for living in NY and paying tax on the machine.  You will be very surprised at what they can do for you.  They WANT your business.

Call them.

Trust me.  You won't be sorry.
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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2013, 8:38am
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Very well siad.  Chris has been nothing but amazing to me.  

Rob
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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2013, 9:23am
Subject: Re: 2k budget ideas and Quick Mill Anita vs Andreja Premium
 

sn_85 Said:

If you live in Oregon why not visit Clive Coffee?  They're located in Portland, have pretty much sell the same machines as SCG and have their own showroom as well.  Plus I don't think you'd have to pay taxes in Oregon but you'd have to pay the 9.5% tax if you picked up the item in person at SCG.  If you do buy from SCG you might as well just spot out the machine you like and then just order it online to avoid the absurd tax.

http://www.clivecoffee.com/

Posted February 23, 2013 link

You know, I originally figured I would order from Clive (I purchased my Le'lit from them online), but then I read something about them shipping from New York, and thought maybe they were no longer in Portland or something. But a little further investigation shows that they only ship certain machines from New York, when they don't have them in stock.

You're right, Clive would be the better choice for me. Especially since I can take my machine back to them for repair if anything goes wrong.
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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2013, 10:07am
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ECM Said:

Very well siad.  Chris has been nothing but amazing to me.  

Rob

Posted February 24, 2013 link

And me as well.
Fact is, all these vendors are reputable, and no one should hesitate to purchase from any.
That said, and as was mentioned, Chris helped design several of these machines mentioned on this thread. Also, the tech department at CCS its ALWAYS there...they'll diagnose over the phone, and even take you step by step through any fixes...replace a Psat, etc.

But I will repeat, as much as I am an admirer of Chris, Mary and CCS, the other vendors are all above board.
If it helps the OP, I owned an Anita for 4 years. A wonderful machine. I just got seduced by a lever!

 
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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:01am
Subject: Re: 2k budget ideas and Quick Mill Anita vs Andreja Premium
 

Dapuma Said:

Temp Surfing Question

After reading everything again about the different machines and the heat exchange machines versus the double boiler machines - I do not exactly understand what temp surfing would mean

So compare the Anita to the Andreja Premium to the QM67

Does temp surfing me the recovering time from pulling a shot to pulling a second shot?  Does it mean from the time you steam to the time you can pull a shot?  Or is that only with a single boiler the heat exchange machine you will not have to temp surf

If I am entertaining and pull 4 double shots ouf ot he machine as well as steam will I have a lot of downtime on any of the machines I have listed?

Posted February 24, 2013 link

With a HX machine you're not temp surfing- you do need a cooling flush if the machine has sat for a bit. I don't believe dual boiler machines need this at all.  Here is an article from HB that describes the HX and how to control temps with the cooling flush. If it sounds complicating, don't let it worry you. The cooling flush is a quick, simple step you won't even think about once you've used a HX for a bit.

http://www.home-barista.com/hx-love.html
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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2013, 5:40pm
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CoffeeRon Said:

With a HX machine you're not temp surfing- you do need a cooling flush if the machine has sat for a bit. I don't believe dual boiler machines need this at all.  Here is an article from HB that describes the HX and how to control temps with the cooling flush. If it sounds complicating, don't let it worry you. The cooling flush is a quick, simple step you won't even think about once you've used a HX for a bit.

http://www.home-barista.com/hx-love.html

Posted February 24, 2013 link

That article was very informative, thank you - which leads me to more questions :)

If I understand correctly:

1)  So for a double boiler the temperature is always set to the perfect temp to extract, because it has it's own heater setting, and then the steamer has it's own heater setting?
2)  So if I had a double boiler machine on for two hours and then decided it was time to make a shot, would i need to do the same thing or it will not be "overheated"
3)  With a HX machine you have to drain 30 seconds of water roughly each time you do a pull unless you just pulled then maybe just 10 seconds or so
4)  Does steaming milk first make the temperature different for the cooling flush?  Wouldnt that decrease the heated water temp?  Do i need to release some steam first before steaming milk to it is not too hot etc?  Does that make a difference for a HX or double boiler?
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