I heard from a little birdie that it's most probably the Aurelia - why? because of the three manufacturers who qualified the testing (i assume qualified with highest score!) Nuova Simonelli wanted the sponsorship the most (silent bidding!)
Big congrats to both Nuova Simonelli and Mahlkonig! Both companies have a true dedication to the craft of the barista and I have been privileged enough to work on both the Aurelia and the K30 for the past year at the school. While a change in anything will take some time to get used to, I think that baristas are going to really dig the new machine.
Congrats to NS. Even though they have been around 'forever' you can see that in the few last years NS has really pulled up their socks and listened to the industry. The Aurelia is a very nice machine and deserves a shot in the sponsorship ring. I am sure that the silent bid was the kicker. Dale is right, NS wanted it badly. I was talking to their rep. in Vancouver at the Regionals and he was all but telling us that it was in the bag.
I'm still waiting on my new Marzocco paddle machine. hee hee hee!
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