Budget below $3000 for double boiler espresso machine: What you got? - Page 3

Recommendations for espresso equipment buyers and upgraders.

Postby robertw » Feb 09, 2019, 11:15 am

Boomer, where are you located in LA?


Postby boomer28 » replying to robertw » Feb 09, 2019, 1:01 pm

Manhattan Beach area, you?


Postby robertw » replying to boomer28 » Feb 09, 2019, 2:10 pm

Ha ha, I'm in different kind of "LA".

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Postby johnny4lsu » replying to robertw » Feb 09, 2019, 3:04 pm

Ha! You're in my neck of the woods LA. Geaux Tigers!


Postby Reefguy » Feb 10, 2019, 2:09 pm

I was set on a profitec 700, now I see the Bianca, and I can get it $400 cheaper.....I just don't know if I'll use the profile feature.


Postby Lavori » Feb 11, 2019, 5:43 pm

I think Rockets make some pretty great machines. If steam pressure is the limiting factor, you can always adjust the pressure of the steam boiler. Normally, the pressure tolerances are more than double for the machine, so raising it .25 - .5 bar wouldn't hurt anything and it would certainly increase the amount of steam present within the tank. You could also get a different steam wand tip as that can make a HUGE difference.


Postby boomer28 » replying to Lavori » Feb 11, 2019, 6:11 pm

They are great but the premium for what you get is just not doing it for me to be honest. You can find several out of the box machines that out perform them or are on par for less money. Hard to ignore...

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Postby sweaner » Feb 11, 2019, 11:23 pm

Reefguy wrote:I was set on a profitec 700, now I see the Bianca, and I can get it $400 cheaper.....I just don't know if I'll use the profile feature.

Well, YOU may not know if you will use it, but I DO KNOW that you would!
Seriously, you will not regret a Bianca.
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Postby Reefguy » Feb 11, 2019, 11:47 pm

That's what I'm thinking.


Postby Lolito » Apr 06, 2019, 1:37 pm

I'm not sold at all on the bianca design, also it's a new machine, would prefer a machine with more reputation regarding reliability.

I would go for an expobar better, large boilers and heat exchanger for the brewing boiler, only DB machine with that feature. I also like the profitec 700, great steaming power, and also the R58 from rocket is not that expensive really, the other rockets are expensive, but the r58 has decent price, I just don't like rocket, too much branding. Bezzera makes some decent DB machines with joysticks, just the touch display seems a bit off putting.

I really would not buy any lelit machine unless it's really cheap, and that pressure profiling thing... it's a bit annoying for real profiling, it makes great pre infusion though, in which case, I would change my mind actually. You will be able to install any of those pressure profiling levers in any e-61 machine very soon. WLL already posted a video on how to do it in profitec machines...