Bunkmil wrote:+1 I owned a hx machine before my DE1+ and I never took the habit of steaming my milk while pulling a shot. I just like to watch my pours! I would be curious to know what's the proportion of home baristas who actually steam milk while they are pulling shots.
So frothing milk is high on my specs and I don't feel I did the wrong choice when I bought my DE1+. I really like my machine but I wouldn't say that I am a fanboy.
No dog in this fight, but interesting to follow along just because. But I value and appreciate the ability to steam (quickly) while the espresso shot is processed; do it 4-6x every single morning (Slayer). For a temporary set-up I did have a Breville Duo-Temp Pro where, it could be switched to espresso or steam mode; didn't like it. But, to be fair, I think its probably just a personal work-flow priority and probably not a deal breaker for most; except me.
While on subject of exerting my opinion
, after trying to manage the output of multiple shots in a row every morning and keep flavor in the cup consistency on target, I wouldn't want to return to an exposed group/e61 style group for the same reason; I would guess the DE1 would have the edge for this application.