Hi all - first post
Long story short - I'm debating between upgrading from a Breville Barista Express to Profitec 300/500 or just get a new grinder (thinking about the Sette 270) to use with the Barista Express.
I know the Profitec is in a different league than the Barista Express, but here's why I'm having this "dilemma"...
I have a Breville Barista Express 860XL (first gen?) that needs to be serviced and most likely will be replaced by Breville with a refurbished 870XL (latest Barista Express) due to multiple parts failing. The service cost is ~$250, so I will need to pay that amount to get a working Barista Express. I'm thinking this might be a good time to upgrade instead of throwing more money into a Barista Express.
I guess what I need help/your opinion on is whether I would see a more significant improvement in espresso quality from a better grinder or a better espresso machine.
I have been using the built-in grinder on the Barista express, and the espresso comes out o-k to me. SO... would upgrading to Profitec makes much of a difference in espresso quality (given the same grounds) or would using a separate grinder (e.g. Sette 270) give me a better "bang for the buck" improvement?