My first post here. I’d really appreciate your input…
In a few months I will probably be able to upgrade my espresso machine, and am set on getting a machine like one of these, that has programmable profiles that you can repeat. I particularly like the Crem One and the way it allows you to experiment with your grind, and it will proportionally adjust your recipe to give you the same yield.
I have read of some of the issues with it, the funny sound at low pressures, and possible flooding issues without some safety valve (not sure I got that right). It’s already at the far end of “affordable” for me, so the Decent DE1Pro would be 3 or 400 quid more, and though I love the look of the Decent (would look splendid next to my Aillio Bullet roaster) I wonder if it’s as robust, the components must be compact versions… I just don’t get a sense it’s built to last like a bigger machine would. But that’s not founded on information, just a feel.
The VBM Domobar has a horrifically clunky menu, and does not have as many features as the Crem One… the ACS Vesuvius seems obsolete, and is huge (not sure about that, but I cannot find any manufacturer site online). Really, feature-wise, the Decent and Crem One look like they’d be the most satisfying to experiment with.
I’d really appreciate whatever insights/experiences people have had and also if there are other machines I have not discovered yet. I definitely do NOT want to have a lever to manually create profiles on the fly, I would find that very stressful… so no to Lelit/ECM etc for me!