Another new to the forum post
A little about myself and my machines (and history!). I got seriously into coffee about six years ago from of all places, a Gloria Jeans chain cafe in Townaville. After buying lots of coffee from there the owner suggested that I should get my own machine...
I started off with a sunbeam cafe series espresso machine and a blade style grinder, which after a year or so endd up being a Rancillio Silia and Rocky combo. I later added one of JimG's PID kits which amazed me with the change in consistency that it provided me. About a year after I got the Silvia I decided that I wanted to get a lever machine, so I looked around for a while and investigated the various pro's and con's of different levers and ended up with a La Pavoni Pro. It served me very well, especially with a 10 week period where I used it exclusively while I was away from home. I still have fond memories of the machine.
After a trip overseas with work I ended up having enough money to purchase my next upgradeitis gratification system. I ended up with a Rocket Giotto Premium Plus, Macap M4 and my first roaster, a Cafe Genie. The Genie and me didn't last long together before I bought a Behmor roaster which really kicked off the roasting passion.
On my last trip overses with work I spent alot of time searching around the net for my next purchase. I was considering a move up from the Giotto, but I really wanted a lever machine again. So I managed to stumble upon a review of the Ponte Vecchio Lusso on H-B and thought that it ticked all the boxes of what I wanted. Apart from attempting a resto job on an older commercial two group, it was the only one for me.
Not long after buying the PV I ended up getting the Hottop B2 roaster to roast my stash of beans (which at the time was around 165kg). I can now say that I am happy with my current coffee utensils for home use. The only problem is that I don't know when the next bout of upgradeitis will strike!
So, there's a little about my coffee history!