Hello there, thank you for reading this. First of all, pardon my English, I'm not a native speaker and I haven't used it frequently for a while, so I may use strange words or non-existing or so, so please forgive me. Second of all, I'm sort of new in the Espresso world. I've been using for a while a Bacchi Espresso (http://www.caffemotive.it/bacchi_espresso
, putting this link just 'cause I've never read about it in my years of lurking this forum), and a Hario Skerton, so not actually anything awesome, but I get some results, once in a while.
I don't have upgraditis, but I'm planning on a Mazzer Mini in a while and, and, that's the problem. I don't really know what could be next, I've been reading here and there, I read some guides, etc, but I'm not sure how to go on. I've got some problem on the HX (Heat Exchanger, is that right), I ain't sure what does that mean, what's the difference between that and a single boiler (I get the difference with a DB - it took me three days to understand that DB meant Dual Boiler, at first I thought of Dragon Ball and later some strange way of making Dibiemme brief -, though).
My major problem is: how do I get if a machine is SB, HX or DB? For example, I'm in love with La Pavoni and maybe that's going to be my next machine, but I don't know if that's good enough for making also cappuccino - one of my great love - (I'm talking about the Europiccola, but maybe there's a bigger version of the lever machine that is able to do espressos and cappuccinos in a great way and I don't know how o understand that). I also love the Elektra Microcasa, and that maybe be the upgrade after the La Pavoni. And another future upgrade, for the grinder, could be the HG-one, or maybe another one with ceramic burr; I havent' really been into that a lot.
So, here's my actual question, to make it clear: is there a way to understand how a machine is before reading a review? 'Cause it shouldn't work like it has for me up to now: getting to know a machine, loving the design, understand how it can do and cannot. Besides that, if anyone has a guide about the HX thing and how it relates with flushing and with steaming and all of that, I'd love that.
A sort of unrelated thing: is there anyone from Europe that can tell me where to buy a brush for the grinder? I'm from Italy and I don't really know any shop that sells them, (e.g. Amazon has some shipped from the .com site that cost a fortune).
Thanks a lot to anyone who has the patience to read and to reply.