Hi, I’m new here and I’m already sorry to start another thread like that as there is a recent one pretty much like this one, except…
A year ago I purchased a GCP. I’ve only adjusted the OPV and decided not to spend money on PID. It feels like time part ways with the Gaggia…
My main issues with my Gaggia are:
- Slow to heat up (just kiddin)
- Too frequent water tank refills
- Tiny drip tray.
- Steam power is weak. I want to at least be able to steam right after brewing and have enough power to steam up to 400ml milk in in one go OR at least steam one after another without waiting.
We make mostly milk drinks and americanos in the morning with a littttle bit of milk (because of intermittent fasting).
Doing a lot of reading, being torn between BDB and Lizzie, I decided Lizzie. But then, lever machines are so tempting, however, I don’t want to sacrifice much in terms of steaming capabilities and the possibility of making two-three shots in a row, so La Pavoni is out of the equation as well as the Elektra which is also beyond my budget’s reach.
In fact, budget can only sustain a purchase of a Ponte Vecchio Lusso or Odyssey Argos. The Strega is much more expensive as well, and I haven’t seen many vendors that even ship it to my country.
Is that a mistake to get a lever machine as the main driver at home, especially if I mainly make milk drinks? It does feel risky to replace my Gaggia with a rather unknown Argos. However, I’m not too sure about Ponte Vecchio Lusso either.
Almost forgot, my grinder is a Eureka Specialita.