Roc1 Junior Member Joined: 7 Jan 2014 Posts: 5 Location: Uk Expertise: Just starting
Posted Tue Jan 7, 2014, 1:52pm Subject: First machine, Quickmill 3004 thoughts
In the market for my first machine and have around £500 ($820 ish) to spend. Was going to go for an ascaso dream (which gets the wife's approval on looks!) but have come across the Quickmill Cassiopea 3004 which looks good Click Here (www.bellabarista.co.uk)
But....., am completely new to this so any advice would be great. Machine use would be just a couple of lattes a day.
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Posted Tue Jan 7, 2014, 3:25pm Subject: Re: First machine, Quickmill 3004 thoughts
It would not be a machine I would choose, it uses thermoblocks for both steam and brew, while steaming is just fine with a thermoblock, brewing with one is problematic as temp regulation is poor resulting in poor espresso.
For that price range, I would expect much more of a machine rather than a name. Here, a good machine to start with is the CC1 but I do not think that it is available to you there. If you stay with a SBDU, make sure it has a PID but for only a few $more, like at the $1000 mark, you should be able to find a starter class HX machine which will allow you to brew and steam at the same time while having a vastly better temp regulation too.
As to the grinder, I do not know that particular one but you should be in the $400 range for an espresso grinder, to start. In espresso, the grinder is AS if NOT MORE important than the machine, in short, a poor grinder gives poor espresso, you need a high level of control while producing a bi or tri modal grind in a very fine consistency, generic grinders can not do that.
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