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Help With Exspresso/Cappuccino Maker Purchase
Q: I would like to buy my mother a Cappuccino/Espresso maker for Christmas. If it can make coffee too, all the better. I know nothing about these machines. What brand should I stick with, and what model should I go with? I've been searching the net and they seem to do different things with different options. I've been told to only get it with a burr grinder?? I'm confused. My budget is about $150US. Bean connoisseurs please help!
A: A $150 gift for Mom sounds cool, but for a coffee
maker/grinder/espresso machine? I would choose to steer you in
another direction. There are some very nice coffee makers available
for that amount of money. If she really likes coffee and appreciates
the good stuff, look at one of the vacuum brewers at
www.sweetmarias.com or other vendors. They make excellent coffee and
you should be able to get one and maybe even a grinder with it and
stay within budget.
Another possibility, if she already has a coffee maker would be a bean
roaster and a selection of green beans. It's easy to roast in the
automatic roasters, and you'll be set for presents forever- just get
her green beans from now on! Just another possibility.
I mention the above options because, In my opinion, there is no way
that you can get quality products to do all three things you ask for
the amount of money you wish to spend. If I was your mom (and no one
would be more surprised to find that out than I), I would rather
receive a really great coffee maker that could produce coffee beyond
anything she has probably experienced (unless she already has a vac
brewer) than to get a combination machine that does none of its
intended purposes well or at all. There's nothing worse than a gift that
lives on a shelf and never gets used.
Vac pots are also cool to watch while they brew and she can put on
shows for all her friends! With all due respect to Randy G, I think both of
those suggestions are way off base for a non-geek Mom. I would not recommend
a vac brewer to anyone who isn't really into coffee and especially so for
daily use. Pain to clean and more work than many might like. As to roasting,
I'm tired of this being thrown out to any new comer who stumbles into alt.coffee
looking for a gift idea. You have to be at least a little geeky to go down this