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    n00b needs advice on a Walmart cappucino or latte machine

    I have a 600 dollar walmart gift card.

    I would love to buy a Christmas gift for myself.

    I am new at this and I cannot have sugar so I need either a latte or a cappucino machine.

    whichever tastes best w/o sugar.

    I just want milk and coffee.

    thanks much.

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    To be honest you might not find anything decent at WalMart to fit the bill. I have no idea what they offer online.

    Traditionally a cappuccion is 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 frothed milk. Lattes are an American invention because most of them couldn't handle the strength of cappuccino or straight shots and needed more milk to cut the strength. You can use the same amount of milk for lattes or cappuccinos. The key is to incorporate more air in the steaming process for thicker microfoam if you like a thicker drink. If you want the shot with heated milk and no froth then you simply steam it with the least amount of air incorporation. The taste will be no different, only the texture.

    Tried Splenda yet? I personally like honey in anything coffee, but too many simple sugars there. Later!

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    Re: n00b needs advice on a Walmart cappucino or latte machine

    Do not buy the Mr. Coffee espresso maker from Walmart. I had it for not even a full year, and the milk frother broke.

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    Re: n00b needs advice on a Walmart cappucino or latte machine

    I love helping newbies out.

    If you're going to buy an espresso machine at a store like Walmart, kind of like a starter machine, make sure it's a pump-based and not steam-based machine (beware of "espresso machines" that come with a little glass carafe thingie). You won't get an excellent machine at Walmart or most department stores, but if you're just starting to explore the world of good coffee, there are a few decent gateway machines out there. I had a Krups pump-based machine for a while before I got my Silvia, and it was quite able to keep me alive for a few years. If you want a machine to pull cafe-quality espresso shots, you'll want a boiler based machine from another source.

    But regarding your concern on sugar - you can drink coffee prepared with any method without sugar... try fresh coffee, it has more of a 'natural sweetness' in addition to a better flavor profile than the alternative. Drink coffee within a month of roasting, and grind just before brewing. If that isn't your normal practice, you'll be probably be surprised at the difference that makes. If you don't have a good burr grinder, you'll be more likely to find a good one of these at Walmart.

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    Re: n00b needs advice on a Walmart cappucino or latte machine

    Actually, you won't find a good burr grinder at Wal Mart. I have tried probably at least 5 grinders from different stores, but most of them don't make the grind small enough for espresso. I ended up going with the Capresso Infinity grinder. Yes, it will put you out about $100, but it's definitely worth it! I got mine at jcpenney.com, and if you time it correctly, you can get free shipping, which will save you about $15.

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    Re: n00b needs advice on a Walmart cappucino or latte machine

    Yeah Carlamoose is right.... most stores don't have anything close to a real grinder. I bought an Infinity as my first real grinder and it is a pleasure to use. It will serve you well for years. Later!

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    Re: n00b needs advice on a Walmart cappucino or latte machine

    well, if nothing else, you can at least use that WalMart gift card for non-coffee related essentials while you save up cash to spend elsewhere for your gear, eh? Personally, I can't imagine life these days without my Rocky and Silvia.

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    Re: n00b needs advice on a Walmart cappucino or latte machine

    Holysmoke - I know you started this thread some time ago...but,

    Go to ebay - find yourself a nice Starbuks Barista Espresso machine made by Saeco, clean it up and start learning - they say don't tamp...tamp if you want. Or you can toss the Raporta filter included and get a non-pressurized version and start learning...JMO

    Please tell us what you decided to do...!
    lachris

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    Re: n00b needs advice on a Walmart cappucino or latte machine

    Chances of him answering this post are next to none. If you look by his name you'll see he's only posted this 1 message. If you click on his name his profile will tell you that he lasted logged in when his posted this message. So he hasn't logged in about 3 months.
    Have you ever walked through the aisle of your local grocer and smelled the death of a dying bean?

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    Re: n00b needs advice on a Walmart cappucino or latte machine

    Good Point!
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