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    Anybody use a "STRONG" espresso machine?

    They look solid, and are not badly priced. So has anyone tried one of them? thanks k

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    when it comes to espresso machines, you get what you pay for.
    I'll leave it at that.
    John Piquet
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    Hey thanks John, have you used one? it's looking like either a Brasilia Portafino or a Rancillo Class 8 at the moment.

    The La Cimbali people in the midwest (King Coffee) are far too flakey for me to even consider them anymore.

    Thanks again!!

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    I don't have to eat at Jack in the Box to know it's cr@p.

    As I see it:

    Top Tier: LaMarzocco, Synesso, Mistral

    Very Good: Nuova Simonelli, Cimbali, possibly Brasilia and Conti (NS probably best of this bunch) These are excellent HX machines, for those who prefer HX machines.

    Good: Faema --- Very good if you understand the nuances of the E61 grouphead, Elecktra, Astoria, and (maybe) a few others.

    Please God Don't: Astra, Klub, and any brand that no one's heard of.

    Most important is 24/7 availability of service and parts.
    Quality of build to eliminate need for the above.
    Quality and consistency of espresso it produces.


    The best machines will last 15-20+ years without any major problems.
    John Piquet
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    Thanks again John! I appreciate the help greatly

    I'm going to look at a Brasilia New in box but old stock from 2005.

    I was just talking to a local this morning and his wife used to manage a Starbucks, and their friend owns the place. He said he's pretty sure they still have the Marzocco machines in the basement that were replaced by super-autos they use now. I'm hoping to get a look this weekend.

    Ken

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    Ken,

    be wary that the LM's from Starbucks will need a bit of work, I would recommend having a tech look at it before you make a purchase, but you can probably get a 10-12K machine for $4k or less.
    John Piquet
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