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Topic: 5000 vs. 90 and vacuum brewer (39 lines)
1) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
How does coffee from the Solis 5000 compare to vacuum brewed coffee?
We like both the espresso (or cappuccino) from our pump espresso machine and
regular coffee from a vacuum brewer (or, occasionally, French Press.)
However, the taste of the espresso or the vacuum brewed coffee is quite
different.
It seems that some people use the Solis 5000 (or similar espresso machines)
both for espresso and for "regular" coffee.
Tom talks about " ...this fantastic cup - you just set the coffee selector
to 6 oz. and push one button..." on the 5000. However, I do not think
anybody here explained whether the 5000 makes cup that tastes similar to a
vacuum brewed coffee. I will appreciate any insight.
How do you make a "mug-full" of coffee with the 5000? How easy is it to
change the beans from the "espresso blend" to the "regular coffee" beans (or
blend of beans)?
We need a new coffee mill and will soon need a new espresso machine.  That
would cost us at least $125 for a good burr mill and  at least $400 for an
espresso machine, for a total of $525.
The Solis 5000 costs about $530 -- almost the same cost! Thus it seems that
the cost is not a deciding factor. Coffee quality and ease of use are.
Does the 5000 provide enough control to make (in one setting) the espresso
that equals the quality and taste of espresso from let's say the Solis 90
and (in another setting) the quality and taste of regular coffee from a
vacuum brewer such as Bodum 3000? In other words, can the Solis 5000 really
replace a combination of an espresso machine, a vacuum pot, and good coffee
mill -- without any loss of quality and flexibility?
Cheers, Lubos
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