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Topic: Advice on Espresso Machine (7 msgs / 212 lines)
1) From: Mejia, Carlos
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Does anyone know the quality of a La Pavoni Cafe Portifina Espresso
Machine?  I found one that's "used slightly" for $150 and the ad says
it's a $350 machine bought last year.  I'm curious if this would be an
upgrade to my Starbuck's Barista or just another machine of equal or
worse quality.  Any advice gladly received!  ~carlos
 
 

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
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A little quick Googling says a new one can be had for $250. At that price
point highly suspect it would be a lateral move from your *$ Barista machine
at best. IIRC you're using a lower end grinder but don't recall what. Well
might be a grinder upgrade would yield greater shot improvement than
different low end espresso machine.
 
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Mejia, Carlos
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 3:34 PM
Does anyone know the quality of a La Pavoni Cafe Portifina Espresso Machine?
I found one that's "used slightly" for $150 and the ad says it's a $350
machine bought last year.  I'm curious if this would be an upgrade to my
Starbuck's Barista or just another machine of equal or worse quality.  Any
advice gladly received!  ~carlos 

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skip it and save for something new for yourself.
ginny
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4) From: Mejia, Carlos
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Good memory...yes, I'm using an old Braun Burr Grinder and I know is a
large part of my problem... I was looking in Craigslist for a grinder
when I saw the espresso machine.  I think I need to upgrade my machine
as well but wasn't sure if this was a good machine or not.  I think
you're right, this machine is probably about the same quality as what
I've got so I'm not sure it would be worth it.   I'll keep searching for
that great deal on a grinder!  Thanks for the reply miKe.  ~carlos
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of miKe
mcKoffee
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 3:50 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: RE: +Advice on Espresso Machine
 
A little quick Googling says a new one can be had for $250. At that
price point highly suspect it would be a lateral move from your *$
Barista machine at best. IIRC you're using a lower end grinder but don't
recall what. Well might be a grinder upgrade would yield greater shot
improvement than different low end espresso machine.
 
Kona Kurmudgeon miKe mcKoffee
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must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal
enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who
have gone before.
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5) From: Mejia, Carlos
Thanks for the advice.  Actually, without first checking with the
"family" here, I found a Gaggia Evolution being sold by someone very
near my home.  The machine is only 1 1/2 yrs old but has a steam leak
and apparently needs gaskets replaced.  The owner didn't want to mess
with fixing it and is selling for $25.  I figured I needed a new
project, so I'm going to buy and refurbish it.  It's probably about the
same quality machine as my Barista however, it's a LOT newer (my Barista
is ~10yrs old) and hopefully will work better if I can get it back in
working order.  I figured for $25 it's worth the try!
~carlos

6) From: jim gundlach
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Carlos,
      It is about the same, possibly even a step down.
           Pecan Jim
On Apr 2, 2007, at 5:33 PM, Mejia, Carlos wrote:
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Carlos,     It is =
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    Pecan Jim
On Apr 2, 2007, at 5:33 PM, Mejia, =
Carlos wrote:

 

Does anyone know the quality of a La Pavoni Cafe = Portifina Espresso Machine?  I found one that’s “used slightly” = for $150 and the ad says it’s a $350 machine bought last year.  I’m = curious if this would be an upgrade to my Starbuck’s Barista or just = another machine of equal or worse quality.  Any advice gladly = received!  ~carlos

 


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7) From: stereoplegic
didn't you make your portafilter bottomless/de-pressurized? the barista 
can yield decent shots (not god shots) w/ or w/o the pressurized pf, w/ 
a good grind and tamp (even though the purpose of pressurized is 
supposedly to eliminate those variables). save your $ for a better 
grinder, work on the gaggia, and in the meantime your shot quality will 
improve even on the barista. btw, how's your tamper? i'd say that's the 
next most important item. get the best fit possible.
mcKona wrote:
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