There's enough counter space for a deep fryer..
We still need a great grinding machine to go with it. I was a at NOC coffee and I saw their Compak (Spanish) coffee grinder. The just placed the portafilter in, the machine turned on ground a dose and stopped. WOW! That is what I want!
Their "LAB" version the PK100 only costs US$3600! seriously?, never mind the commercial grade ones.
Go down to marks and sparks and get yourself some Kenyan and Guatemalan and put it to work! Monday is like 20 cups a way!
Finally fired up the Breville for the first time.
The touchscreen literally guides you through the entire process of setting up the machine - including using a test strip to determine how hard or soft your water is. My only complaint in set up is that I noticed the grinder settings are not numbered - just 17 clicks (which I had to figure out on my own) on a "finer" to "courser" continuum. I set it the right smack in the middle for my first cup. The included tamper works well and has a magnetic handle that stores it in the roof of the machine's overhand (off to the left of the grinder spout). The included razor works but I purchased an after-market gadget that fits snuggly on the basket like a cap and you rotate the top to smooth the puck. Touch screen gave detailed directions throughout - including running some hot water through the system first - using that hot water to warm you cup.
This first pull was done with all presets and it was surprisingly accurate. The extraction took exactly 30 seconds. I can't entirely judge how the shot turned out because I made a latte as per the instructions for the first drink so I could familiarize myself with all the functions. The milk frother is outstanding - completely different class above my old Nespresso frother.
Over all a very nice latte - especially since it was a first drink with no adjustments made from the presets.
The photo below shows the drip tray removed. It's going to be a pain to empty and keep clean as the machine is not particularly close to the sink but it's very much a first world problem. Will figure out how many shots I can make per fill of the water reservoir.
We're hosting Thanksgiving dinner for my nieces and nephew so I think the machine will get a good workout in a couple of weeks and we'll get a good read on its capabilities and foibles.
Just ran numbers. A double latte is about $5 us. Throw in tax and tip and let's say $6 per drink. At most, it costs me $1 per drink so I'm banking $5 per drink. If Ms Huja and I each have a drink a day, that's $70/week we're pocketing. We're breakeven in a few months.
I think I've found the coffee grinder. Clearly designed for a single dose. Has very low retention. For the obsessed grind consistency (not sure I care that much) it has a PID controlled motor and a large burrs. Price is not crazy.