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    Looking for an espresso machine

    I just joined this website after reading all the great info you guys have, and thought you guys might have some advice.

    I am looking for an espresso machine (budget is around $700)
    I have worked for a while as a barista at a great coffee shop, so I would like something that can handle itself pretty well. My budget is low because I''m a student
    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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    Does that $700 also include a grinder suitable for Espresso or just the machine?

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    No, it doesnt. I would prefer to get a good espresso machine, and then either get a manual grinder for now (plan to get a good one later, when i can), or just buy pre-ground...
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeckledCrema
    No, it doesnt. I would prefer to get a good espresso machine, and then either get a manual grinder for now (plan to get a good one later, when i can), or just buy pre-ground...
    I'd say look for a used Rancho Silvia with PID. There is a learning curve but its capable of pulling great shots once you get your technique down. They come up on Coffee Geeks & Home Barista regularly or watch the Craig's List ads.

    New: http://cgi.ebay.com/BRAND-NEW-RANCILIO- ... .m14.l1318

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    Thanks, that looks pretty good.

    Does anyone have any experience with manual machines (lever machines)?
    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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    If I may - if you're considering buying a $700 machine and pre-ground coffee to go with that, it sounds a bit mismatched to me. Grinding beans takes the flavor out of them within a day or so of grinding (although some people feel only hours later is too late). Perhaps you should consider a $600 machine and get a $100 grinder to go with that.

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    I agree about the preground but there is nothing outside of a good manual (Zassenhaus, ect) that will turn out an acceptable Espresso grind in the $100 price range. For $200 there are some that are ok but $300 & up is a more realistic price range for a good electric Espresso grinder when buying new.

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    Yeah I've been looking at manual burr grinders, which seems to be an ok substitute.

    or i could just smash them with a rock
    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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    I've actually tried smashing beans with a rock. Worked fine, but it's just inconsistent.

    I'm quite happy with my Capresso Infinity Burr grinder for $90.

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    200 years in the future we'll simply beam up the coffee and while its stored in the pattern buffer the computer will rearrange the structure of the coffee and then remolecularize it all in to the same exact size particulate for optimal brewing the old fashion way. No replicator here!
    Have you ever walked through the aisle of your local grocer and smelled the death of a dying bean?

 

 
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