I’ve been wanting to upgrade from my current machine for a while and now starting to explore possibilities.
Current set up is a Eureka Specialita and a Gaggia Evolution.
Both my wife and I favour milk based drinks, for me I have normal beans and dairy, my wife has decaf and oatmilk. Also make hot chocolate using steamed milk and enjoy a straight shot most days.
At weekends I often make 3 or 4 milk drinks for visitors.
The Gaggia really struggles with this, just doesn’t have enough steam for more than a single drink. We end up having our drinks 20 minutes apart which is rather annoying.
I want to be able to make a few drinks back to back and also have more control over machine parameters, pressure and temperature, so as I can start experimenting with my brews. Also need to be able to steam more than 120ml of milk without a 20 minute wait.
Been reading a lot and I’m fairly sure a dual boiler would be best for us, though cost is a consideration. Also aesthetics, I like that look of stainless and knobs. Not a plain box. I love the E61 look.
I’m keen to advance my brewing skills but really think I cant be bothered temp surfing with a HX.
Good steam ability and capacity.
Temp and pressure adjustment.
Work with smart plug.
Stainless and knobs.
Machines I’m considering:
ACS Minima, this seems to be very popular. I like the looks and it ticks all boxes. Is it direct purchase only?
Lelit Bianca, also ticks all boxes but is a bit spendy for us and currently no UK stock.
Profitec Pro 600, again looks like it would serve us well but is pricey.
Leaning heavily towards the Minima due to reviews and price. Though unsure of import costs if buying direct.
Intention is to keep the Specialita, at least until I am comfortable with a new machine.
Are these good options for our needs, anything else we should consider?