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Topic: Coffee machine purchase (9 msgs / 246 lines)
1) From: Randy Roy
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I'm in the market for a new machine after brewing mostly drip for years. =
 It looks like I'll be getting a SuperAuto since my wife wants something =
that's easy for her and guests to use.
After poring over the 'Net the last few days, these are the ones that =
look interesting to me:
Solis Master 5000
Saeco Magic Deluxe
Saeco Royal Exclusive (formerly Royal Digital). 
Is the Solis Digital worth the extra $$$?
The main advantage of the Saeco's sems to be doser by-pass, and the =
Royal has variable temp control.  
If anyone on the list has used any of these or one that's not on my =
list, I'd love to hear your comments/opinions.  Thanks,
Randy  

2) From: Rick Farris
Randy asked:
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They are available on eBay from time to time for under $700...  Brand new.
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3) From: David Marley
There are many satisfied Solis Master 5k users here.  Mainly because Tom
sells them.  I have been warry of the Saeco products due to my experiences
with their Classico and few of their other products.  I am not saying the
Magic or Royal are not good machines, but Solis has an excellent track
record from this group and their North American distributors, Baratza, are
top notch in their customer service.
David Marley
Finishing my prep for grilling Espresso Hamburgers..it's a "balmy" 74
degress in Southern California :-)

4) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
David,
although we have not bought a super-automatic machine, I considered some
before making the "not-super-automatic" decision. The Saeco seemed to have
reliability problems.  I would consider either the Solis 5k or the Reneka
Techno.
Regards, Lubos
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5) From: floyd burton
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check out coffeegeek.com and some of the other sites including alt coffee.

6) From: Charlie Herlihy
--- Randy Roy  wrote:
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 I don't know about the other machines, but we're just loving
our SM5K. I can't imagine paying so much more for the digital
model, but it is easier to set the dosage with it. It keeps a
running tally of how many cups you've made...I don't know what
else so maybe Scott J could comment. Scott?  Sweet Maria's
service and Baratza's support are first rate.
Charlie 
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7) From: Scott Jensen
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I do love my Solis as well.  Is the digital worth the extra money.  Same
car, make and model- This one has electric locks, windows, seats, cruise
controll and tilt wheel... so if you like all the bells and whistles the
digital is worth the extra bucks.  If you don't mind turning the knob to
roll up the window on your car- then save some money, because they both have
the same engine and transmission.  Hope that helps.
The digital will tell you when the drawer is full of grounds or when you
need to dump the drip tray.  It will tell you to add water or coffee and
when to clean.  It also tells you when it's time to descale.  It does give
more options like setting the temperature.  But all in all, I bet no one can
tell the difference in a cup between either machine.  I had at one time
hoped the extra adjustments would allow me to get a better shot of espresso
from the digital, as far as I can tell my shots are no better than the shots
on the regular machine.  Which is to say, don't buy either machine if a
great shot of espresso is what you are looking for... but if you are looking
for a machine that will make a drink that causes you to forget all about
lattes- buy a Solis!
Scott
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8) From: Randy Roy
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Thanks for everyone's input.  I decided to go with the Solis 5000 =
Digital.  Since Tom doesn't stock it, I had to order through another =
Internet merchant, who by the way, has it on sale for a darn good price. =
 And, the thing that also pushed me towards the Solis is Baratza's =
customer service.  
Randy

9) From: Randy Roy
Thanks for everyone's input.  I decided to go with the Solis 5000 Digital.
Since Tom doesn't stock it, I had to order through another Internet
merchant, who by the way, has it on sale for a darn good price.  And, the
thing that also pushed me towards the Solis is Baratza's customer service.
Randy


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