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bossman
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Posted Wed Mar 12, 2014, 6:25pm
Subject: Ok so I just lost a chunk of my Espresso machine budget...But pulled the trigger
 

You guys are I am sure are tired of me going back and forth, sigh.  Anyway I just got back from the motorcycle shop where I was selling my dirt bike.  I am in the process of adopting an 8 year old boy and he was with me.  Right in front of the store they had an awesome (to an 8 year old boy) used but 2014 model Polaris Outlaw 90.  My soon to be son has been living with me for 8 months now and has never asked for a thing.  He still calls me Shane instead of dad, unless he is thinking about it.  When he saw this it just came out "Dad! look at this!"  He just lit up like a candle.  I left him outside drooling over it and instead of leaving with a $1200 check he gave me $1400 toward the ATV and I had to pay $600 more lol.  He does not know yet, I will have my dad pick it up and take it to his place since that is where he will have to ride it.  He talked about it all the way home and when I was tucking him in bed he asked if some day he might be able to have one.  I am sure the look on his face Saturday will be worth a lot more to me then a super nice espresso machine.

Anyway I am back to looking in the $1500 and under department.  I know a few people are going to hate this but I think I am seriously considering the Breville BES920, also looking at the Faema Carisma again.  Back to watching videos and researching...
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dwRK
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Posted Wed Mar 12, 2014, 6:52pm
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In my case...looking to book family vacation to SFO...yesterday's price $2700...today jumped to $4700...no choice as the kids are really looking forward to it

Yours I'd say investment in something much better...all the best & good luck.
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rbkool
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Posted Wed Mar 12, 2014, 7:02pm
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This is a very nice story, but I must admit I am hoping that you can make this decision and be happy with it without having to start another 15 threads about your buying decision.  At the end of the day, an internet forum cannot pick a machine for you, only you can do that.  You tried and struck out once with the CC1, hopefully the next one goes your way.  Good luck with the decision, please make it soon.
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Posted Wed Mar 12, 2014, 7:33pm
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rbkool Said:

This is a very nice story, but I must admit I am hoping that you can make this decision and be happy with it without having to start another 15 threads about your buying decision.  At the end of the day, an internet forum cannot pick a machine for you, only you can do that.  You tried and struck out once with the CC1, hopefully the next one goes your way.  Good luck with the decision, please make it soon.

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that sentiment is NOT echoed here. I really like your story, and think you made a good choice...well, except for the Breville

 
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Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
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Posted Wed Mar 12, 2014, 7:41pm
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emradguy Said:

I really like your story, and think you made a good choice

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+1!!!  Well, love the story and think you made a great choice.  

...well, except for the Breville

-1.  The Breville is another great choice! :D

Rich
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bossman
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Posted Wed Mar 12, 2014, 7:51pm
Subject: Re: Ok so I just lost a chunk of my Espresso machine budget...
 

rbkool Said:

This is a very nice story, but I must admit I am hoping that you can make this decision and be happy with it without having to start another 15 threads about your buying decision.  At the end of the day, an internet forum cannot pick a machine for you, only you can do that.  You tried and struck out once with the CC1, hopefully the next one goes your way.  Good luck with the decision, please make it soon.

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Ok, I will be sure to keep it at a max of 14 new threads.
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Posted Wed Mar 12, 2014, 11:26pm
Subject: Re: Ok so I just lost a chunk of my Espresso machine budget...
 

Well, espresso doesn't happen in a vacuum... Otherwise it wouldn't be espresso! :)

Budgets sometimes grown and sometimes shrink.  Luckily there's something still available in your new price range.

I too am wary of the Breville, BUT less so all the time.  Lately they have made some parts available for the 900xl so that gives me lots of hope; likely it's leftover parts from the production line that has been switched to the 920xl now, but it's still parts.  It's what I've wanted to see from them all along.
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bossman
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 6:56am
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Ok I broke my own rule and pulled a little out of savings.  I decided I wanted something I would not long to upgrade in a year or so.  My water tester arrived yesterday and my tap water is 275 TDS...Ugh!  With that hard of water trying to soften it would cost me an arm and a leg, so I decided a plumbed version is out.  I pulled the trigger on the LaSpaz Mini II, I drink mostly milk drinks so I wanted something with good steaming power.  Since I decided against plumbing the only knock I had on the LaSpaz was the 53mm PF.  The rest I love so I grabbed it.

Can't wait!!
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 7:51am
Subject: Re: Ok so I just lost a chunk of my Espresso machine budget...
 

Boss - Congrats on your choice, that is a great machine and you will get many happy years out of it.  And I bet you won't have any deposits coming out of the tank when you get it!! (CC1)

My water here in Phoenix is 690 straight out of the tap - so anything I make coffee with is a mix of waters I dump in.  Plumbing in was not an option for me anyways, nowhere to put the machine in the kitchen if plumbed.

The Mini VII was my choice, I was working with CCS (Mary) for a while, she is very positive on this machine and kept pointing me there over higher end DB's for $500 - 700 more.  After doing my homework, I was sure it was the machine I wanted too.  Then I detoured LOL and bought a lever (Cremina) which should hold me over for a while.  As an aside, the Cremina makes incredible espresso...

Did you get the pre-infusion chamber built in?  The Mini VII, since not plumbed, does not do any "real" pre-infusion, and why they have that add on.... I hope you negotiated that into the price for free ;-) plus other discounts!  (there is always wiggle room).
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bossman
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 8:40am
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Yes they treated me well!  Got the pre-infusion chamber included for free plus another $100 off.  Very happy customer!
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