When I started my real coffee journey just over 8 years ago I bought the best I could afford, which was a Gaggia Classic with PID fitted and a Brasilia RR55OD Auto dosing 64mm burr rinder. Over time when funds allowed, I added a few bits and bobs and overhauled the Gaggia giving it a Silvia steam wand, new o’rings, brass shower plate, bottomless portafilter, IMS shower screen and even adjusted the pump pressure to 9 bar etc. I never really hit what many call the sweet spot no matter what I tried and whilst I had OK coffee, had many more misses than hits in general.
Now, I know a big percentage of my failure was probably down to my own ability and truth be told, possibly having the taste buds of a corpse. But, I think maybe the equipment has played a roll too, more specifically the Gaggia.
I’ve dreamed of owning some of the shiny chrome behemoths many of you posess, but the funds required to obtain such beauties has never been available. So, it’s been a case of looking and waiting for something that is a step up from the Gaggia that was within the depth of my pocket.
Well, something came up which I know is not as chrometastically beautiful or has the reliability and reputation of the Italian beauties, but I think is still a step-up the ladder from the Gaggia…although perhaps you’ll tell me different.
A Sage Dynamic Duo package consisting of the Dual boiler and the Smart Grinder Pro. It was on Ebay as an unwanted early Christmas gift (apparantly they already had a Neff coffee machine…go figure) going for £950. I’ve sold my Gaggia and I also have my Brasilia 64mm burr grinder on Ebay, so if that goes the brand new never used dual boiler Sage will have cost me just over £600. Now that does seem a bargain to me. If you think the Brasilia is a better grinder to have than the Sage, if it doesn’t go, I can try and sell the new Sage grinder which would still take me to just over £600 spent.
Got me tin hat on ready…