Advice Needed

Lady Poverty

New member
May 22, 2006
I am a new manager of a small college campus coffee shop. We are trying to purchase a semi-auto espresso machine on a small budget. Has anyone used/heard of the brand Astoria? Any suggestions on what brands to look at? Are the websites which review espresso machines?
Thanks for your assistance.

Coffee Guy

New member
Oct 19, 2003
Seattle,Washington USA
Hey Lady Poverty:

What kind of volume do you anticipate? In my opinion the Astoria is not a bad machine if you are planning on doing small amounts of coffee, whereas, there are other machines a little more, but better suited to handle larger volumes. Some machines I might recommend would include WEGA, La Marzocco, and La San Marco. I would caution you though, do not base your decision on price alone. That could be a mistake. Find out what your needs are going to be, then base your pricing according to the features that each machine offers. 8)


Active member
Aug 11, 2004
Des Moines, Iowa
CMA private labels both the Wega and the Astoria. The guts in both machines are practically the same. How is it the Wega is better then the Astoria?


New member
May 27, 2006
astoria is a good machine

astoria is one of the best units out there . it is owned by C.M.A.
cma also owns rio and wega. ask if you have any questions