Machines an E61 style head and a heat exchanger
plus boiler system for continuous steaming all are
quite similar on performance. Those designed for
home use -- smaller boiler, pour over, Ulka vibe
pump -- mostly cost around $1000 to $1200, so
looks should be the guiding factor.
The big exception in this class is the Expobar
Pulsar, a machine with exactly the same specs (and
performance, I tried one), which is only $750. The
reason it's cheaper is that it's made in Spain,
and isn't as pretty as the others. In terms of
usability, it's missing the boiler pressure guage
and the p-stat is hard to find and adjust; but it
does have a hot water tap. I would rate this one
the definite price/preformance star in this class
You can move up to new or used commercial single
group machine -- the espresso quality will not be
better -- but you could pull 100s of shots a day.
The package many people are finding most
attractive is the Reneka Techno (all the other
Renekas are also-rans). This runs $1500, very
inexpensive for a plumbed in rotary pump machine.
It also features separate brewing and steaming
boilers and delivers somewhat more precise shot
temperatures (2F range versus 4F range).
Currently, there are new rotary pump Mini-Wegas on
sale in the $1200 range which are also very
On 31 Dec 2002 at 8:14, Ray Kirkland wrote:
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