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Old 06-23-2012, 12:03 PM   #1
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Default Espresso Machine recommendation

Any recommendations for a good espresso machine? I've never owned one or used one but drink plenty of espresso. After spending some time in Europe last year, where it seemed like every house we were in had one, my wife and I are ready to purchase one.

Would be happy to hear your opinions on your favorite machines and the best places to buy them. We are looking to spend less than $1,000, preferably more around $500 or so if a good one can be had for that. I'm not opposed to the fully automatic machines but think I would rather have a separate grinder for regular coffee too.

Thanks for your input!
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:28 PM   #2
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Rancilio Silvia
Gaggia Classic

I bought a Classic about a year ago, used it for a while and I LOVED it. Made great coffee, but I sold it to my sister and her husband because I wanted more cigars

I'll be buying a Rancilio next time though, I want to buy one this fall/winter
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:38 PM   #3
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This may be different from your expectations but you might want to look at Nespresso (http://www.nespresso.com/us/en/). This is an expresso machine that uses capsules -- which cost around .55 cents per shot (capsule) These machines are easy to use and produce an excellent shot with the best crema. And, it's fast!

The machines are small so they don't take up a lot of counter space. They are much easier to use than standard machines when you need to make shots or drinks for a group of people. It's also pretty hard to beat the price per shot.

A downside is that the prepackaged capsules may not have the coffee you are looking for. You can get kits that allow you to make your own capsules, but that seems like a PIA.

I like a number of the coffees provided by Nespresso so I have no problems. They also have milk frothers if you are looking for that as well.

The machines range from $200-$600.
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:21 PM   #4
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nespresso machine, I think it is the citgo

The small unit for pods on top, great coffee, I buy the pods 100 sampler.

Easy to use and It has the warmer or foamer for milk that either comes with or add on for latte.

No space on counter and with 2 minutes of turning power hot enough for shots.
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Love my Rancilio.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:12 PM   #6
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I use a Krups Allegro Espresso Maker that I've had for many years:



Makes a great cup of espresso. I don't use the glass container shown. I simply insert my slim 10oz cup underneath and watch it fill up with some nice espresso and crema.

Sort of a "triple espresso" you might say...
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I know nothing about this one but it's on sale on woot.com today ironically

http://home.woot.com/
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I am currentley looking into the Gaggia Brera Super-auto.
A couple people on here have them and "Whole Latte Love" is telling me it is my best bet for the price range.
I want a super-auto so I can press a single button in the morning when I am a zombie and have a great espresso, no seperate grinding and tamping and cleaning.
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Here is a picture and a link $649.00:


This may be a better option for you at $568.00 shipped with doser grinder:
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:11 AM   #10
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I would probably go with that refurbished Jura J6 from the link emopunker posted. Jura makes a great espresso machine. Also there is still a one year warranty even though it is refurbished.
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Here is a picture and a link $649.00:


This may be a better option for you at $568.00 shipped with doser grinder:
That bottom setup is the exact setup I started with.

Not a bad way to get into the game, but some issues and limitations left me with serious upgraditis in a short time.

The MDF grinder is really noisy and nearly impossible to disassemble for cleaning.

If I was shopping in the price range mentioned, it would be a Rocky/Silvia combo, although I'd still be a couple hundred short I think.
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Default Re: Espresso Machine recommendation

Thanks for all the tips everyone. I have a lot of research and more reading to do but these are some great ideas.
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While on vacation I used a nespresso several times and now I'm hooked on espresso's. Now to decide what espresso maker to get. Maybe the Citiz with the aeroccino plus?
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While on vacation I used a nespresso several times and now I'm hooked on espresso's. Now to decide what espresso maker to get. Maybe the Citiz with the aeroccino plus?
That is the machine that we got and we love it! We don't use the Aeroccino as much as we thought we would. It works fine, but my wife and I find that we just love the espresso without the frothed milk. It's our kids that like the milk drinks and they both moved out
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That is the machine that we got and we love it! We don't use the Aeroccino as much as we thought we would. It works fine, but my wife and I find that we just love the espresso without the frothed milk. It's our kids that like the milk drinks and they both moved out
Awesome! I think I will pick the combo up at Williams Sonoma for $300. Seems like a good deal. I was drinking the espressos with nothing in them, but I figure for the price, might as well get the areoccino in case I want it sometime.
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Awesome! I think I will pick the combo up at Williams Sonoma for $300. Seems like a good deal. I was drinking the espressos with nothing in them, but I figure for the price, might as well get the areoccino in case I want it sometime.
We initially looked at them in W&S -- but on a lark I checked out Amazon and the price (at that time) was $150 less than W&S so we ended up purchasing from Amazon.
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This is what I bought a year ago. My wife and I use it on average twice a day, have had no problems, it comes with a pod insert, and it makes a good cup of espresso.

http://www.amazon.com/Saeco-00354-Es...keywords=saeco
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Rancilio Silvia and Rancilio Rocky are great places to start.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:54 AM   #19
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this just came up on woot today
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Jura J5B Auto Coffee Center
$799.99 Refurbished
not sure if it is a great deal just thought I'd share
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If not superauto, don't forget the best brewer is useless without a capable grinder. Grinder really should come first - the better, the better, one for life.
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