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Iluvdabean
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Posted Thu Mar 21, 2013, 6:43pm
Subject: After so many years I upgraded
 

First off thanks to the many people who six years ago got me pointed away from the Breville 800ESXL towards a real espresso machine. Plus answered all my questions as a newb.
The Gaggia Classic and MDF grinder have been relentless performers. I have fallen in love with espresso and I always felt when the machine could increase my
journey into the bean I would do it. I will find a good home for both. I have never stopped reading about machines and I wanted and Italian made E-61 lever machine. I bought a
La Nuova Era Cuadra because the value at this price is to great to pass up. I know many people have wondered if and when I would do it,so its official.
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Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2
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Posted Thu Mar 21, 2013, 6:54pm
Subject: Re: After so many years I upgraded
 

That's awesome! I remember the feeling...of course it was only 15 months ago when I made a similar move from my Silvia to my Duetto

 
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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2013, 3:42am
Subject: Re: After so many years I upgraded
 

Congratulations! You will see a big improvement in your espresso as well as a giant leap in ease of use and usability!

 
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Iluvdabean
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Drip: Bonavita BV 1800 TH
Roaster: Nesco 1010/Behmor 1600
Posted Fri Mar 22, 2013, 6:05am
Subject: Re: After so many years I upgraded
 

Thank You ...it was too good of a deal to pass up. Your opinion is one of those I value here.I read your comments on this machine in the owners thread and it was a factor in my decision.
Everything I have read over the years has persuaded me to highly value an E-61, plus you, JonR and DaveUK among many others here also think highly of them.



calblacksmith Said:

Congratulations! You will see a big improvement in your espresso as well as a giant leap in ease of use and usability!

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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2013, 6:14am
Subject: Re: After so many years I upgraded
 

congrats on the new equipment. your enjoyment level will greatly improve
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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2013, 2:01pm
Subject: Re: After so many years I upgraded
 

I kinda wanna say, Finally dude! lol

Glad you found a machine you could get on board with.  I think you will be very much in love with it, in no time at all.  Nice choice.

 
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Coffee makes your constantly overcome your prejudices and re-evaluate your own "received wisdoms" when it comes to judging cup flavors. -Tom Owen, SweetMarias
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Iluvdabean
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Roaster: Nesco 1010/Behmor 1600
Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013, 1:05pm
Subject: Re: After so many years I upgraded
 

Well I found a good home for my Gaggia Classic and MDF Doser grinder ( With a broken spring which i will leave because people say its better that way) .
My daughter just got married to a great guy from Kentucky so she wants it and will get it.
I know this sounds weird but I have grown attached to that machine. Its never sputtered. Its been a faithful tool to take me this far into the bean.
With the next one I will go further on because really its a journey into the bean now isn't it. Im looking so forward to this
HX machine with E-61. I guess you can tell Im an E-61 fan. I will have it a long time Im sure. After all the Gaggia I used for five years and what a pounding it took.
One steam valve and one new group gasket. If I would have used the descaler on the steam wand ,instead of waiting a few years it probably would have
lasted longer.So off it will go fitted with a Silvia steam wand. Its like saying goodbye to an old friend.
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Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013, 6:45pm
Subject: Re: After so many years I upgraded
 

glad you like your new machine, but there is no reason to take a shot at the BDB
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emradguy
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Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013, 7:07pm
Subject: Re: After so many years I upgraded
 

Actually, the shot was at Breville in general. Though It wasn't me, sorry you were offended. Not sure why though?

 
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Iluvdabean
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Drip: Bonavita BV 1800 TH
Roaster: Nesco 1010/Behmor 1600
Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013, 9:10pm
Subject: Re: After so many years I upgraded
 

My apologies I was referring to way back when I wanted to get into espresso and bought an 800 EXSL Breville and it wouldnt make espresso. All I had was their PPF and it was a joke.
I came here and found many were having problems.The people here back at that time steered me in the right direction.That was the context for that remark.
Now I am not a fan of them to this day but I try to stay away from arguing over someones else's stuff. Live and let live is my motto.So with that in mind I
wanted to explain that the Gaggia meant a lot to me because honestly I was getting ready to just quit at that point.

See my review five years ago PLUS I UPDATED THE COMMENT TO INCLUDE THE SPECIFIC BREVILLE

Click Here (coffeegeek.com)

cafeespresso Said:

glad you like your new machine, but there is no reason to take a shot at the BDB

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