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    Any espresso machine suggestion?

    Hi guys,

    I am new to this forum and I am quite new to making espresso. I have a nescafe machine which uses capsules to brew coffee. The taste is alright until one day, I tried the espresso that my friend and it really blew my mind. The machine he used was quite expensive so it will not be my choice. Are there any good espresso machine out there for beginner like me and not too expensive? Found a machine which is a delonghi eco310 - I think the price is ok for me. Has anyone used that machine before? Is it any good?

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    Here's where I found the machine review: Top coffee machine reviews 2013 | Your Best Coffee Machine

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    No. Not a good machine. It's what anyone who wants to make espresso would call a toy. Don't waste your money.

    If you are really budget minded, the best low price starter machine would be the Gaggia Baby, normally $400, you can get one for under $200 refurbished HERE. It has a full size portafilter, good size heating element, easy to use.

    I am not sure what you want to spend, but my recommendation would actually be something like the with Quick Mill Alexia PID. A much better value, even though it will run you an extra $1000.

    The most important element in your brewing arsenal is the grinder.
    So if you do not already have a proper adjustable burr grinder that is suitable for espresso (not just coffee), then plan accordingly. If your budget is small, go with something like a Baratza Vario and the Gaggia Baby. Otherwise, get the Vario (the lowest priced espresso grinder I would recommend to anyone) and save until you can afford a decent machine.

    It doesn't matter how good your espresso machine is, if you don't have a proper adjustable burr grinder with sharp burrs and properly roasted fresh beans, nothing can save your espresso.
    John Piquet
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    What is better steam or pump espresso machine?

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    Like I wrote to another poster, I've been using a De'Longhi EC155 for a few years now and I'm happy with it, can be found on Amazon for $70 new, also, do a Google search for Cutlery and More CG-100 Burr Grinder which is running on clearance right now for $15, mine has been in use at home for 3 months now and the grind is spectacular for espresso. I'm actually on my second EC155, the old one I took into where I work and the new one is at home. Unless you want all automatic this unit is makes a really good espresso with creama.

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    Like I found out when I posted the same question, what is your budget?? A good grinder is more important than an espresso machine. I scoffed at that, but alas the other members proved me incorrect. Then they told me.....I had to buy coffee from local roasters or reputable roasters online....I scoffed at that. They proved me wrong as well. What I did was this. I purchased a Rancilio Silvia and a Baratza Vario. It was approximately 1000.00. That being said it took me over a month to dial in a good shot. PM me if you want to talk further.

    Greg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gmbaltrusitis View Post
    Like I found out when I posted the same question, what is your budget?? A good grinder is more important than an espresso machine. I scoffed at that, but alas the other members proved me incorrect. Then they told me.....I had to buy coffee from local roasters or reputable roasters online....I scoffed at that. They proved me wrong as well. What I did was this. I purchased a Rancilio Silvia and a Baratza Vario. It was approximately 1000.00. That being said it took me over a month to dial in a good shot. PM me if you want to talk further.

    Greg
    My set up works for me because I always make mocha lattes. If I was doing espresso I'd probably be able to note the fine differences everyone is speaking of. But I would not hesitate to strongly suggest to someone just starting out to go with a similar set up like mine before dropping $1000 +, unless they have money burning a hole in their pocket. Part of my set up was to purchase freshly roasted beans from a local coffee shop but they went out of business so I'm searching for a replacement at this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawil1013 View Post
    My set up works for me because I always make mocha lattes. If I was doing espresso I'd probably be able to note the fine differences everyone is speaking of. But I would not hesitate to strongly suggest to someone just starting out to go with a similar set up like mine before dropping $1000 +, unless they have money burning a hole in their pocket. Part of my set up was to purchase freshly roasted beans from a local coffee shop but they went out of business so I'm searching for a replacement at this time.
    So, how many shots per pound could be expected from various machines. I would assume these would be the same so would one base price on cost per shot or can the difference be justified by maintenance free operation or better regulation and quality. As it is said "You get what you pay for", does this apply here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnsellison View Post
    So, how many shots per pound could be expected from various machines. I would assume these would be the same so would one base price on cost per shot or can the difference be justified by maintenance free operation or better regulation and quality. As it is said "You get what you pay for", does this apply here?
    "You get what you pay for" definitely applies here.

    Maintanence-free doesn't apply here; you should anticipate repairs. How long a machine lasts between repairs will vary, but that too is a crap-shoot. Who will do the service, how easy is it to work on if you want to be the one to work on it, how readily available are the parts, etc. are all good questions.

    How enjoyable is the machine to work with, and how repeatable the results are is important too. How will the machine be used; straight espresso, milk drinks, for one person, a couple, parties? I don't do carpentry/home-repair for a living, but I buy the same tools 'they' use, not mainly because they will last longer, but a good well-designed tool is a pleasure to use; a Chinese-made hammer drill from Harbor Freight might last me the six times I'll use it in my life, but a nice Milwaukee hammer drill will make the job easier.

    The question for anyone dabbling with the idea of espresso should really ask themselves 'why?'. Have they had really good espresso, and like it, or is it simply the idea that intrigues them. If a person genuinely knows what great shots can taste like and wants that in their home, then they need to be prepared to spend some serious money to do it. My theory is always to spend more than I think necessary so that I buy a machine that is more capable than my skillset and then grow into it, rather than spend less and find out that it won't perform the way I'd like, and then take a big hit on the drop in value to sell it and buy the equipment I should have bought in the first place.

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    The best choice will be la marzocco espresso machine were I am using this machine for over 3 years till now I didn't feel any thing bad about this machine. And I think your budget will also suits it. If you are interested in buying that you can contact any la marzocco distributor in your area.

 

 
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