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Topic: Superautomatic question (2 msgs / 51 lines)
1) From: Ralph Rosen
We've been using a Solis 5000 machine in the office for a few years, 
and it's been "fine". The espresso is adequate and consistent in 
quality, but, of course, never exceptional. I've been thinking of 
urging the dept. to upgrade to a better superautomatic  machine, in 
the $1200-1500 range, perhaps, but thought I should find out from 
disinterested sources if more money does, indeed, yield a 
significantly better shot; or does the extra money just get more 
extraneous benefits, such as ease of use, variety of settings, etc. I 
only use lever machines at home, so I know the intrinsic limitations 
of a superautomatic, but it would be nice if we could take a step up 
from the Solis. If any of you have any opinions about this, I'd be 
very pleased to hear them, on or off list.  Many thanks,
Ralph
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2) From: raymanowen
Ralph, you said a lot. I, personally, will never spend another cent on Solis
equipment, or anything from Baratza, the importer.
That statement notwithstanding, two things occur to me- first, given enough
time and a consistent source of beans, one could learn to outsmart the damn
Solis and brew exceptional espresso with it. (Say- "Exceptional Espresso"
five times! at 1am)
Second, push-button espresso is a fraud and ads to the contrary are just so
much palaver. In 1973, we got our income tax refund and I dropped $395 on an
HP-35 to replace my venerable Post Versalog. $406.85 with tax, and I had to
wait 6 weeks, I think.
Now, I could make impressive-looking errors to 9 decimal places faster than
I could generate 2 or 3 on the Versalog.
The well-known chain has itself reinvented the wheel and gone pushbutton.
It's "fine" or adequate should not describe a beverage for which you had to
pay Fourbucks.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
On 6/6/06, Ralph Rosen  wrote:
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