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expresso machine purchase help - February 12, 2010, 04:00 PM

Anyone have some advice on a "decent" espresso machine?

Price range $500 - $800.

I dont want it to be all automatic. I want the fun of steaming the milk, and twisting off the bar capsule. one or two shot options.

It would be nice to have a grinder, but i know this would put it out of the price range.

Presentably would be a plus also. Stainless steel looks best as far as I can tell. We have a small kitchen, so dimensions are kinda important.

The above is what I "think" i want, but willing to listen to folks who have had more experience.

My brother in law is Italian and he got his direct from Italy of course, but FAK speanding 1500 to 2K for that stuff.

thanks for your help with this non sport bike related question.

I will edit out the BS.. thanks


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February 12, 2010, 04:05 PM

This is the one my sister has at her crib she also has another section that has the grinder too

http://www.google.com/products/catal...058&sa=image#p
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But to fall in your price range maybe this will do

http://www.google.com/products/catal...228&sa=image#p
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DeLonghi makes good ones that you can find locally. Also if you want a mocha (stove top espresso maker) go with Bialetti.


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Krups makes the best "Bang for your Buck" home system I've seen. Also, you'll want to get a conical burr style grinder to get a more even grind in your beans for oil release.

http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CDcQ8gIwBg#

Grinder:
http://www.google.com/products/catal...084&sa=title#p

Don't forget to get a metal tamper. Those plastic ones will snap before you put down enough pressure to tamp it properly. On top of everything else, make sure you buy a decalcifier and run it through regularly.


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DeLonghi makes good ones that you can find locally. Also if you want a mocha (stove top espresso maker) go with Bialetti.
links?

I know how to google, but would be better if you linked what you mean.

why do you say these brands?


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This is the one my sister has at her crib she also has another section that has the grinder too

http://www.google.com/products/catal...058&sa=image#p


FAK! too much..

Was hoping to find some mid ground here. looks nice, lasts a long time..durable..etc makes good shit!


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haha, "mid ground"


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Krups makes the best "Bang for your Buck" home system I've seen. Also, you'll want to get a conical burr style grinder to get a more even grind in your beans for oil release.

http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CDcQ8gIwBg#

Grinder:
http://www.google.com/products/catal...084&sa=title#p

Don't forget to get a metal tamper. Those plastic ones will snap before you put down enough pressure to tamp it properly. On top of everything else, make sure you buy a decalcifier and run it through regularly.

Really? $200 sounds too cheap to be one that lasts..


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have you considered this?

http://www.superiorcappuccino.com/

it's much cheaper and better than a cappuccino machine


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I've had mine for 3 years now, and I used it on average twice per day.

Read the reviews on it, price isn't always everything. It was $350 when I first got mine, so the price has come down with the newer models, but I can't speak for them.


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have you considered this?

http://www.superiorcappuccino.com/

it's much cheaper and better than a cappuccino machine
sorry, no way to instant.

I have a pod coffee machine already that does expresso also.

looking for a real machine that is decent.


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But to fall in your price range maybe this will do

http://www.google.com/products/catal...228&sa=image#p

How did you decide on this one? Reviews look good, but none that are long term...


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If you want Expresso, you can't go wrong with a Jura F70/F90. One of my friends who manages a catering company has this and it makes a well balanced, delicious cup of Expresso. I never thought a machine made so much of a difference in the way your coffee tasted until I tried a few cups out of this.


I'm more of a coffee person, and use a Technivorm coffee maker which is hand made in the Netherlands. It makes superior coffee certainly the best I have tasted. It does not have the bells and whistle but has a heating element that distribute the water through the coffee beans at the right temperature and pace. The result, is truly an outstanding cup of coffee. www.technivorm.com/

Coffee wise - I like Hawaii coffee from Kona Joe's their Trellis Reserve.The beans are actually grown on trellis's like wine grapes. The result is a smooth wine earth like flavor coffee with excellent body and little acidity. A bit expensive ($50/lbs) but certainly worth every sip.



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If you want Expresso, you can't go wrong with a Jura F70/F90. One of my friends who manages a catering company has this and it makes a well balanced, delicious cup of Expresso. I never thought a machine made so much of a difference in the way your coffee tasted until I tried a few cups out of this.


I'm more of a coffee person, and use a Technivorm coffee maker which is hand made in the Netherlands. It makes superior coffee certainly the best I have tasted. It does not have the bells and whistle but has a heating element that distribute the water through the coffee beans at the right temperature and pace. The result, is truly an outstanding cup of coffee. www.technivorm.com/

Coffee wise - I like Hawaii coffee from Kona Joe's their Trellis Reserve.The beans are actually grown on trellis's like wine grapes. The result is a smooth wine earth like flavor coffee with excellent body and little acidity. A bit expensive ($50/lbs) but certainly worth every sip.



That thing is all automatic. I want the fun of steaming the milk and pressing the grinded beans...

And that thing brand new is like 3k!

500 - 800 paleeze


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