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    Best Home Espresso Machine ~ Suggestions?

    After much thought, I've set my heart to the task of making my own espresso at home. It needs to be cheap, tiny in size, any suggestions? I've seen the stove top espresso makers mentioned, any thoughts on this brewing method?

    Thank you.

    JM

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    Stove tops are nice and are what I've seen many Italians use if they make coffee at home (which they rarely seem to bother with as good coffee is available cheaply in cafes everywhere. They're so lucky). Previous poster is right, though, that you will get no crema.

    I bought a Gaggia Espresso (like this one:http://www.gaggia.com/macchine-da-ca...li_21_Espresso) for 159 euro. I don't know where you are but shop around or try E-Bay as prices vary a lot. It's my favourite piece of kitchen equipment ever and it's not big (my kitchen's tiny). It took a bit of practice to get the hang over but now I'm making terrific espressos. I know that is still a good chunk of money but that's about the cheapest solution I can think of that doesn't cut on quality.

    P.s. The real experts will tell you over and over again that you need to grind your own beans in a high tech grinder in order for your espresso to be any good. Of course it is miles better but for people like or me with no money and no space I have to say that if you use good pre-ground coffee that isn't too old it is still very much worthwhile to have only the machine. My espresso is ten times better than filter and a good bit nicer than a stovetop too.

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    I agree,
    My little espresso machine is a KRUPS with vibratorpump, bought at fleemarket for 40 euros. and for a mill i have an old REX ROYAL motor mill taken out a fullautomatic device, but still runs great (looks very bad tough hi). With pre grinded coffee, erogation time can differ, ending up in very slow, very bad bitter tasting coffee, or too fast, weak taste, little crema... Even some people use the hand grinders from the early days
    Anyway, your own grinded espresso coffee tastes much better than a cup of senseo hihi.

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    Checkj out the Bialetti Brikka stovetop espresso pot:

    Click here 4 Brikka

    I have recently got one and like it very much. It is quick, easy to clean, not expensive, but only makes 6 oz per brew(4- 1.5oz cups). If that is enough for you I would recommend it.

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    I can confirm the Brikka is a very nice stove top coffee maker. I have bought three for me and my family.
    p.s. I was registerd in this forum put somehow my log in wasn't valuable anymore????

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    I don't know if it can help, but I just read this article -

    top 10 espresso machines

    There are quite a few good ones on the list. I myself own a Nespresso CitiZ. I wasn't expecting that much (I've always dreamt of owning a Gaggia), but I was more than impressed. Plus it is a 1/10 of the cost of a Gaggia...

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    I have had a stove top espresso machine for years and love it, always get a great coffee. They are very easy to use. They are quite cheap so may be worth the investment. As I have said mine is very well loved and I will be sad when it goes to god.

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    I was impressed by the inexpensive Breville Ikon. It is a sturdy little machine that has good reviews. You can't beat the price.

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    any illy coffee machine is good - makes the real Italian taste come to your home

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    Bialetti Brikka; cheap and does a great job at replicating espresso.

    Len
    "I believe humans get a lot done, not because we're smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee." ~Flash Rosenberg

 

 
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