Can Anyone Suggest What Espresso Machine To Buy? I Love Lattes And Cappuccinos! Anything Below 20,000 Pesos?

Q: I Am looking for something easy to operate and maintain, with a built in grinder, perhaps a push button thing that pre-measures everything per cup. I've heard of a brand called 'Saeco' (I think it's distributed by 'Santi's'). Would it be cheaper to buy it here in the Philippines, or can I get a better deal in Hongkong? Thanks for any help extended.

A: 'SAECO' is a big brand - good quality. Others are 'JURA' (the Rolls-Royce of Coffee makers), and 'Delonghi'. I got the 'Delonghi Magnifica' in Germany for a bit more then 40,000 - SORRY! If you want fully automatic expect to pay 35,000 to 40,000 (JURA top model is about 120,000). The DeLonghi has the advantage that it has a milk container (for your Latte and Cappuccino) which you can keep in the fridge while not in use. It attaches easy, and is cleaned in 6 seconds before you store it again. ALSO important, TWO different designs (!!!) built in fixed brewing unit and REMOVABLE. This is the part most likely to wear out ... If it is removable (you can clean it quickly), it is a "spare part" you can bring or ship to Phils. Looking at the web 'ELBA' is listed as importer for 'DeLonghi' here in the Philippines ('SM MEGAMALL'). In Kong they give DL Trading Limited 16/F Tin's Enterprise Centre,777 Lai Chi Kok Road,Kowloon THEN you need to get the coffee - WHOLE BEAN (actually mine accepts ground coffee also - but that is not fun). Whole beans are at 'Robinsons' and aren't so expensive. SM Hypermarket in MoA has a nice Espresso Roast. Much nicer taste Monks from Bukidnon!!! It makes a very nice Espresso and works well for Cappuccino ... shop here for cheap items, you find very low prices here. Under $25 items - bargans. http://www.squidoo.com/1cent_auctions Other shops ... http://www.squidoo.com/emporium http://www.squidoo.com/topshopper http://www.squidoo.com/whitegoods