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TXSmokey 09-05-2014 06:14 PM

First Espresso Maker
Has anyone ever used one of these Mr. Coffee espresso makers?

I'm thinking about getting one for my first espresso maker. I don't want to sink several hundred dollars in an espresso maker and find out its not worth the trouble.

nutcracker 09-06-2014 07:01 AM

Re: First Espresso Maker
Hi Richard

I think with espresso two things make the most difference ( for flavor and crema)
- recently roasted freshly ground beans - which means you need a grinder
- a machine with high pressures - I would spend a few extra bucks on a starter machine like this:



TXSmokey 09-06-2014 08:42 AM

Re: First Espresso Maker
that looks like a much better machine, I haven't seen it before.

mosesbotbol 09-06-2014 04:08 PM

Re: First Espresso Maker
Waste of money. You'll never make anything to write home about. Better off with a Bialetti until you can buy a proper machine. Been there and done that.

Porch Dweller 09-06-2014 04:22 PM

Re: First Espresso Maker
You can always go for one of these:

My wife's side of the family is Cuban and that's what they use for making Cuban Coffee, which is basically espresso without the steam and pressure. :D Plus you can pick one up for $25.

the nub 09-06-2014 04:34 PM

Re: First Espresso Maker
try looking on Craigslist or Kijiji

you can often find ok pump machines for $50-75. At any given time you could probably pick up a brand new Starbucks machine for less than $100.

ApexAZ 09-06-2014 11:24 PM

Re: First Espresso Maker
I agree the moka pot suggested above is the best place to start. I'm saving for a $2000 machine that I'll buy used for a bit less (hopefully around $1500). The reason being is they really hold their value, so I won't wast time buying something cheap that will likely not produce good results and just frustrate me. If I decide it's not for me then I'll just sell it for close to what i paid.

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