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  1. #1
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    Default espresso machine? sub orbital prices

    one of the doc I work with has me hooked on espresso - possible to get a decent cup out of a machine that's not hundreds of bucks

    seems with steam and pressure in the mix a cheap one just might not cut it

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    It's not "true" espresso, but the Aeropress makes my favorite coffee. And it's like 25 bucks.
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    I've been researching this, and I found that anything under $500 just wont cut it. . Also, the grinder may be more important than the espresso machine. Look at spending around $700-1000 for a setup that isn't crap. Just like optics, you get what you pay for. People say one of the best entry level models is the Gaggia Classic Pro.

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    Yesterday, I was quoted a new furnace and air con system and I live in Wis. Your coffee habit is bad, when you realize that you spent more on your coffee set up than you are about to on a new HVAC system.

    Let me give you some short advice for a very good reasonable cup of Joe. Get yourself a good pour over system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1Z_1rWnvSM

    For true espresso machines check out https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ole+latte+love

    Good luck and be careful, it's a slippery slope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brigante View Post
    I've been researching this, and I found that anything under $500 just wont cut it. . Also, the grinder may be more important than the espresso machine. Look at spending around $700-1000 for a setup that isn't crap. Just like optics, you get what you pay for. People say one of the best entry level models is the Gaggia Classic Pro.

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    Pretty much. We have a step up with the Rancilio Silvia and the Rocky Grinder, but that gets above $1k quickly. Gaggia Classic Pro and Capresso Infinity burr grinder is a great first step into quality espresso.

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    My dad got me hooked on the Jura brand of automatic espresso machines many years ago. Be prepared, just like any quality piece of equipment, the good stuff just costs more. There are several coffee machine sites and including Amazon where you can purchase high end remanufactured espresso machines with warranties at half off or more. My last is a Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch that I bought to use in a RV. I think new they are @ $1,400, but refurb around half that with a 1 year warranty. This last one is now 5 years old and still works as new.
    Be aware once you go down this route, you'll never want to use anything else. The numbers of whole bean coffees that are available is staggering too, but that is part of the adventure of trying and finding exactly what you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COG View Post
    ... The numbers of whole bean coffees that are available is staggering too, but that is part of the adventure of trying and finding exactly what you like.
    Note: or you can become a home roaster.

    Check out these sites for the deep dive:
    http://coffeegeek.com/
    http://www.espressomyespresso.com/
    https://www.home-barista.com/
    https://forum.homeroasters.org/forum/index.php

    Knock yourself out
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  8. #8
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    Delonghi is the machine I currently have. Works good, not as good as the 1000.00 plus machines but when it breaks I throw it in the trash and buy a new one.
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    Love my Nespresso. Using the grey Roma capsules makes a really solid espresso, with the scuma on top and great flavor.

    Is it as good as just-pulled Espresso from the main cafe in Termini Station in Rome? No, but is as good or better as most other home machines.

    Go to a Williams-Sonoma or place that sells Nespresso machines and have them make you some.

    My other favorite is the old Bialetti stove-top MokaPot. Still probably the best “Italian coffee at home.” Just takes time and attention to get it right
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    + another for the nespresso and realistic expectations. It is the Traeger of espresso.

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