keno wrote:Have you figured out what machine/grinder you're going to get yet? Good luck!
Definitely getting an HG One, that much is decided. The machine decision is less clear. I'm between the Breville Dual Boiler and the Profitec Pro 300 (I'm really regretting not playing with the open box machine at Clive). It's a really tough decision though, both machines have similar dimensions, weights, boiler sizes, heat up times (both are super quick), auto shot timer, etc.
Also, I've been in touch with Profitec directly and they insist that they haven't released a North American model of the Pro 300 yet, so I'm not sure how Clive got that one, and what might change in a completed model...
The Breville has more features, it has preinfusion, it has a PID on the steam boiler, it can turn itself on in the morning, and it costs a little less. Plus a ton of people have one, so it's easy to ask for advice/help in the forums.
Compared to everything else but the BDB, the Profitec is an amazing value (well even vs. the BDB, it depends what you value). Based on Profitec's reputation I imagine it will be a very high quality machine, that will last for years and years and be as easy to service as possible. So all else being equal, do I pay a little more for higher quality machine with a few less features...I'm not sure, but I think so.
I don't really care about the PID on the steam boiler, I don't care about the timed auto start because the Profitec heats up in less than 10 minutes...I'm a little worried about the lack of preinfusion though.
I'm sure that's a lot more info than you were looking for, but that's the current thought process.