Hi all. We're getting married (hopefully) this December and are looking forward to what we should spend some of the gift money on. We've always wanted a cafe quality coffee machine at home and currently get by with an Aeropress and stovetop caffetera.
Our coffee habits are mainly espresso with the occasional soy latte - she loves those. It's just the two of us in the home and with the little need of warm milk drinks, I'm thinking a dual boiler is only surplus to our needs. Having read reviews and teardowns of the OzB cult classic Breville range, they seem to have longevity issues with plastic internals failing. This is why I've looked into something with an E61 groupset and metal internals. The PID also sweetens the deal. Here's a listing.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on a comparison between this and say a BES980. I don't have a grinder and purchase my coffee pre-ground (I know, we're working on it). We eventually want to get a grinder, but a good coffee machine is what we want to start with.
The Breville does kill two birds with one stone but do its extractions even hold a candle to the ECM Classika?