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jdrake
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Posted Thu Nov 7, 2013, 11:51am
Subject: Semi-Auntomatic that travels well?
 

There's tons of great info in the how to buy an espresso machine articles but I haven't come across anything that addresses my question yet. Is there anything I should be looking for in a machine/grinder that will be travelling back and forth with me to the cottage? If I put them in the original boxes would they travel well in the car or am I asking for trouble?

I don't have my budget locked down yet but it will be somewhere between $1-2000 for both. Thanks!
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Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Thu Nov 7, 2013, 11:58am
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Most small machines travel well. To help, please go through the sticky and answer the questions, your requirement for travel can be added as a foot note. Some questions like current and plumb in will be minimum. No to plumb in and standard 15 amp plug.

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Posted Thu Nov 7, 2013, 12:22pm
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calblacksmith Said:

Most small machines travel well. To help, please go through the sticky and answer the questions, your requirement for travel can be added as a foot note. Some questions like current and plumb in will be minimum. No to plumb in and standard 15 amp plug.

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thanks!

see below

1)  What kind of drinks do you like/want to make? espresso/latte/americano
2)  How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself needing to make at any one time? 2
3)  How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself making in any given week?  10-15
4)  Can you plumb a machine directly into the water supply, or do you want/need a pour over machine with its own reservoir? resevoir
5)  Do you have a 20-amp circuit available, or only a (standard) 15-amp circuit? 15-amp
6)  What is your budget for a new machine?  Does that also include a grinder?  If not, what is your budget for a grinder? $1-2000 for both not exactly sure yet.
7)  Are you willing to buy used or do you need new equipment? Do you or family member have the skills to repair used equipment? willing to buy used and have basic mechanical & electrical skills
8)  Do you have the essential accessories (decent tamper, knockbox, the works), otherwise budget about $100 for these. no I don't

I would like to be able to take it back and forth to the cottage with me
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Drip: Moka, Aeropress, Hario V60
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Posted Thu Nov 7, 2013, 3:06pm
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I recommend the Nuova Simonelli Oscar. It's an entry-level Heat Exchanger machine that has a decent group. Most importantly, even though it has a steel chassis, it has a very sturdy plastic shell that doesn't have anything that could get caught on your stuff when you pack it up. It's also fairly lightweight, even with a full boiler. I was worried I'd bust a kidney trying to lift my new ECM just from my car to the elevator when I moved downtown. I've road-tripped with my Oscar down the West Coast. I'd also recommend the Baratza Vario-W grinder, which is also pretty small and lightweight. This setup not only travels well, but it is a decent beginner setup in its own right and keeps you well below $2000. Good luck!
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Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Nov 8, 2013, 7:29am
Subject: Re: Semi-Auntomatic that travels well?
 

Because of the budget, higher end machines are being mentioned.
A used Oscar and a used Mazzer Super Jolly (SJ) can be had for under $1K, they are stout machines and can produce excellent drinks. New, you are just under the $2K mark.
They are perhaps not as travel friendly as other machines so how often are they going to be moved? Is this in a car or are you going to fly to your vacaton spot?
If in a car, with proper packing and protection the two will take up as much room as a small suit case, cubic volume wise.

 
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Vac Pot: Bunn Trifecta MB
Drip: Moka, Aeropress, Hario V60
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Fri Nov 8, 2013, 3:13pm
Subject: Re: Semi-Auntomatic that travels well?
 

Cal, can I gently ask why you'd recommend the SJ? I have the SJ and that thing weighs a ton. It's a behemoth compared to a Vario and the latter costs new the same as the former costs used. The only thing about the Baratzas is their bean hoppers are fragile and we had one crack in the back of the car. But that was mostly due to careless placement more than anything else.
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