Both the appia and Aurelia are great. The aurelia really is worth the extra investment. You don't want to plan based on current volume when it comes to purchasing equipment. Plan for growth. I definitely rocommend a three group. If you don't have the space though, the two group is still a great machine. Don't forget about the grinder too. Do you have a grinder yet?? Espresso is only going to be as good as your grinder.
...I train on them in SCAA workshops, and they're used in almost all barista competitions. That ought to say alot...
Jason Dominy said:...I train on them in SCAA workshops, and they're used in almost all barista competitions. That ought to say alot...
Agree the Aurelia is a great machine. But, it being the current SCAA competition machine simply means:
A) First it was "one" of the machines that passed testing to qualify. No small feat, yet they are certainly not the only machines to qualify.
B) Second they bid/paid the most to be this year's Official Competition Sponsor machine.
Does not mean they are superior to recent previous year's sponsor machines (LM), means they qualified to bid and bid more this time. Personally I still prefer a DB over even the most cutting edge HX machine, ie Aurelia.
I didn't say superior. I use competitions as an example, because they are used with high traffic, in situations that require quality and temperature stability constantly. And in my training experience with these machines, they are smooth and fluid, easy to train on.
To your DB vs. HX point, that's something that could be debated on these pages for years to come with no real clear winner. I have had amazing shots off both. I have heard each is better for different reasons.