Scott, I believe you are a bit premature. Despite what you might think (for what ever the reason) there hasn't been any decision made about not importing the unit. I know that there are Canadian, Netherlands and UK distributors already lined up. Before I took a unit directly from Taiwan, I would opt to place an order with one of these. The distributor in the UK is prepared to accept orders the moment the unit is released. They have established a price and a warranty program. It is that warranty program that should be most interesting to the group. As slow to communicate as Chang Yeu has been, I would hate to work out a warranty return with them. My feeling is that if Baratza decides NOT to be the importer for HotTops, then I'd give some consideration as to why. Then IF I still wanted to pursue it - I'd make contact with the UK group. Just my thoughts. John --
This might be a bit premature, but what if we assume a worst case scenario, just for the sake of planning? If Baratza does not import the hotop, why don't we import it ourselves? Not for resale of course, but if enough of us are interested, why not contact the manufacture and order however many, direct. We know we can import them, baratza has already done that with the test units. We know they can be modified to work, as John has done to his unit. And we could probably get a decent price if we ordered say 25 units as a group. Payment and shipping would have to be handled individually. I had a Reneka shipped from France last month, there is no US importer for this espresso mach, but I was able to wire the money and have it shipped to the nearest international airport. I then went down to the freight office, in this case AA Cargo, the customs official met me there, inspected the boxes and I paid the tariff which was about 4%. It was that easy. I myself would love to have one, and will certainly buy one from Tom or Baratza if they carry them. But if it doesn't work out I think we could still get our hands on some. Anyone else interested in trying this option if worse comes to worse? Scott Jensen homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
Yup. So far it's the only roaster that sounds like its anywhere NEAR ready for primetime. Ted
Scott, I would definitely be in the market for one or two units if the worst happened, and no one imported the Hottop into the United States. So, count me in! Bruce ------------- Bruce Harlick Freelance writer, editor, game designerhttp://www.newblackboard.comICQ #4166560
Scott-Tom didn't sell u the Techno but can you give us an idea of what u think of it-am also planning on buying one in the next couple of months. Any problems with damage and I assume u got the 220 volt machine.
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