Buying / upgrading espresso machine or grinder this year?

Recommendations for buyers and upgraders from the site's members.

Buying / upgrading espresso machine or grinder this year?

Yes, already bought / upgraded this year
Yes, plan to buy / upgrade before year's end
No, would like to but can't at this time
No, not interested at this time
Total votes: 115

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#1: Post by HB »

The poll below was on the front page back around March. So how many of the 80% followed through or will be doing so for the holidays? Looking at my calendar, there's 85 days until Christmas...

Poll results from March
Dan Kehn

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#2: Post by cannonfodder »

I would love to trade up to an Elektra A3, but given the fact that I am on my 4th machine and third grinder this year, I should take a break. Maybe next year. Take a look at my Be Thankful For What You Have article on my blog for my thoughts.
Dave Stephens


#3: Post by PavoniBunny »

I'm planning to buy a 'proper' grinder... I feel somewhat inferior since reading the threads on here and I must do something about it!


#4: Post by Mark08859 »

Think I'd like to add the Quickmill Alexia for its straight shot capabilities.

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#5: Post by cannonfodder »

Talk about resurrecting an old thread, but I will bite. I mentioned I would love to upgrade to an A3 (two years ago). Patience is a virtue, as is an understanding wife...

Dave Stephens


#6: Post by Javier »

I just upgraded to a second-hand Rancilio L7 commercial HX machine, and am quite happy with it. :P

Have a great weekend!

LMWDP #115

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#7: Post by Compass Coffee »

I didn't follow through with my March poll vote (which was no). Bought a used SJ (again) and Mini-E doserless funnel conversion ETA tomorrow or Tuesday. (Got a very decent price on SJ burrs and conversion parts from Owen - Phaelon56)

But the PID'd Linea 3AV in the final rebuild stages doesn't count since it won't be for home use! Though the SJ may also end up in soon to be cafe for SO or Decaf shot duties...
Mike McGinness, Head Bean (Owner/Roast Master)

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#8: Post by Knock »

hmmmm, upgrading?
I guess yes as I have already bought another grinder (Anfim Best for £50 shipped! feels like an upgrade as this one doesn't need it's own room) and if the postage gods keep smiling I'm taking posession of an Olympia Cafferex NT in the next fortnight - is that an upgrade or just a road less travelled?
At some point I'm going to have to start selling.
Peter Kilpatrick


#9: Post by ccfore »

I figure a yes to upgrading in any given year will cover all bases, so I DID follow through. I'm usually right, ha! This year I went from a Silvia to an Astra Gourmet HX G.A.P. (as of now I don't think I'll ever have to upgrade again...riiight) and the Gaggia Factory was sold to make room for an Olympia Cremina, with another one expected here in 3 days. Sell one get two, nothing wrong with my math right? I guess the grinder has not been upgraded (Macap) so I got that to look forward to next year. Only time and a detour from divorce court will tell.
Todd / LMWDP #109