nicfortin wrote:Nice setup, if only I had the money like right now....
Ok little OT would you buy the S1 again? Or maybe the S2 and why? I really dig the S2 (or Brewtus 2)...
Another question, which grinder do you prefer for day to day use and maintenance/cleaning?
The Macap M4 or ?? (I'm not sure if it's a Rocky or Cimbali Jr. I'm too new to home-espresso world) ;-)
Thank you and Happy new year! nic
Hey nic...... first off, I went to your "myspace" (Great) and actually spent the first couple minutes watching that BEER AD ! (Hilarious :lol: )
I've also decided not to give you "God is My Co-Pilot" as a birthday gift! :lol: ..... however, a good alternative might be one of my favorite Heli-pilot license plate frames, which reads; "We don't need no stinkin' runways!"
Anyway, about the grinders. What is interesting about the forums is that much of the input you'll get on equipment is from members that have only used one or two different machines. It's valid input, but may be biased? I suppose that's the case because it's hard to get experience running even 5 different grinders unless you have a store with a showroom nearby; but even then, you wouldn't get enough time on each grinder to really learn the little "in's and out's" of each? For me, the easiest way to look at much of this equipment is by grouping it into price categories. There are few, if any, really bad grinders within the entry level, legitimate home-espresso catalog, once you get into the $150 US to $250 US range. I say "legitimate" as meaning that the grinder is a burr configuration and actually grinds fine enough for espresso. (Some people try using, for example, the Cuisinart Supreme Grind. It's advertised for $30 US, and packaged as a "burr grinder." In fact, it will not grind fine enough, and certainly not consistent enough, for espresso.
So as many others I can only share the following. My first espresso grinder was the Gaggia MDF
. I still have it, and felt that for under $200 it was a great value. However, I've heard some very good things about the Cunhill Tranquila
grinder. It looks like a commercial machine, and from what others have said, it boasts a very hefty motor and has larger grinding burrs. All that says that if you absolutely can't spend over $200-$250 US.....that's the best value. If you can scare up around $400 US, then I highly recommend the Macap M4, stepless adjustment, doser or doserless. It just got the Coffeegeek Editor's Choice Award, and having one at home, I can say that it works for me. I need to remind myself that you may consider yourself a "Quebec-ian" ( :roll: ) and our costs and availability of product here are different than yours.
As for making the same choice of the S1 or version II for another purchase....... possibly. The La Spaziale S series will be getting an NSF/commercial rating, which means that in the near future, it could be used in a small volume coffee service facility. While there are other single brew group machines out there, this machine could fill a very special niche as it can run on a 15 amp circuit when switched to the economy mode. If you're looking at the Brewtus vs the S1, then I'd absolutely recommend the S1 for its rotary pump and the fact that it operates as a fully plumbed machine....meaning that you don't have to fill a reservoir or empty a drain pan.
And Mark......... since home roasting, I feel much safer in losing a few grams of coffee here and there. Every now and then I do receive samples from roasters, and enjoy trying their blend, but I've settled on one blend as my primary, and for home use I buy it green and have my roasting schedule. But again, with the Macap's clean sweeping action, this concern over stale coffee in the chute and doser is not an issue. And the doser version of the Macap is about the same price as the doserless.........so I recommend buying the doser version. It's like you get the doser mechanism for free! And if one really thinks doserless is the way to go, then they can unscrew the doser and store it!?