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I think there's this post which already has done a great job for the MaraX - I am quoting a bit of it at the bottom of this post, which details what tools are needed. Essentially, the same would apply

awesome to see the level of assistance on the forum 🙂 

Here it is, pride of place in a new kitchen.

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1 hour ago, spasypaddy said:

Is this the most complete machine at this price point? 

Before buying did you consider anything else? 

I'm almost convinced that if I get either the marax or the Elizabeth I'll regret not getting the bianca. 

Any buyers regret? Any advice on the prospective purchase? 

In the price range I had it seemed to be the best option , the decent was beyond my pocket , as is a speedster , proabalt the only two machines if have . 

flow profiling is a hard as you want to make it ,once dialled in you can set the paddle and let it do it’s thing mor you can change a shot on the fly if you got the grind wrong .  
moving the paddle around the hot certain pressure is easy and really repeatable 
It has some nice features like moveable water tank , level spouted pf , eco mode and a really great tamper .

 

 

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5 hours ago, spasypaddy said:

thanks guys, i basically want to buy once and not again (for 10 years or so...) and this seems to have literally everything i can imagine i want from a home machine so its good to see some nice feedback

I'm like you so I went with the Bianca about six months ago. I came from a La Pavoni so this was a big step. Best thing I ever did. Little bit of a learning curve but all of it fun. The power of the paddle really opens up so many possibilities.

You'll love it.

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I'm like you so I went with the Bianca about six months ago. I came from a La Pavoni so this was a big step. Best thing I ever did. Little bit of a learning curve but all of it fun. The power of the paddle really opens up so many possibilities.
You'll love it.
@thusband How are you finding the Bianca compared to the La Pavoni?

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1 hour ago, mit_hirani said:

@thusband How are you finding the Bianca compared to the La Pavoni?

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Apple and oranges. Totally different experience. The Bianca is so much more precise. 

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now realising how big these are... does anyone have their machine with side mounted tank? if you do can you measure how far from the back it sits? (ie the gap between it and the back of the machine)
The machine front to back is 40cm. With the water tank rear-mounted it's 48cm. When the tank is at the side it sits flush with the casing at the back, but remember you'll have the power cord at the back. The power cord protrudes a fair amount, I measured 8cm of space needed for the cord at the back before it will bend vertically up a wall (see photo for what I mean by that).897a5b50c1034df4ad4f5e04e08c4da1.jpg
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Congratulations, a very exciting day. I got mine in January and I still get all warm and fuzzy when I think about the day I travelled to Bella Barista to choose and take my machine.

Be patient with the paddle, it's intuitive but takes a little while to really understand what it can do for you.

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had my first milk drink from it just now, and wow. even with a severe lack of milk skills it was a substantial step up from what my old silvia could produce. the sweetness in the milk blew me away! i promised my gf cafe standard drinks from this machine and i cant see it letting me down

 

im going to use standby mode to save electric (and the steam boiler off), how long does it take to come back to temp from standby?

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7 minutes ago, KingoftheHeath said:

Very quick. Espresso is ready by the time you've done your prep, milk will need 5 minutes. Optimum temp for espresso might mean giving it a bit longer, which I usually do - using timer plug app if needed (I use Meross)

its on a tp-link wifi plug to come on in the morning and to go off at night (if i forget) but i'll leave it on all day and make coffee as and when as i work from home now. so knowing it comes back up to temp in 5-10mins is great!

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22 minutes ago, spasypaddy said:

knowing it comes back up to temp in 5-10mins is great!

this doesn't make any sense 🙂 - and congrats on the Bianca! I wish I had the space!

Unless it does funky stuff during standby, like - keeping the boiler temp at a lower temperature - then it should make no difference whether you turn the machine off or use the standby function. So, yes, it would take 5 minutes providing the group is relatively warm and close to the operational temperature, but equality it could take 30 minutes. 

If you intend to use the machine at unknown intervals or frequently, just leave the machine with the brew boiler on. - This way I think you'd save electricity, and, specially in autumn/winter time, you are technically not wasting any of the heat generated.

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