08-20-2014, 08:13 AM
#1
User Info
Hi,

I am drinking espresso more than coffee and wanted to get something good to make espresso at home.

I had a Breville previously and had some problems. I don't care about any features other than espresso pull (no milk frothing / bean grinding). Easy cleaning and small footprint would be a plus.

I'm willing to pay a decent amount for something good that would last. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

192 1,588
Reply
 08-20-2014, 08:27 AM
#2
User Info
I don't know what your budget is but I'd look at the Quickmill Silvano machine first. I have Rancilio Silvia and it's a very solid machine but not especially forgiving of your technique. You will need a high quality burr grinder if you don't have one.

15 762
Reply
 08-20-2014, 08:33 AM
#3
  • Bony
  • Active Member
  • New York , USA
User Info
Hello Im Espresso addict and my pick is Gaggia Classic .Very simple and  effective machine for good cap of  morning joy! Good luck.

10 403
Reply
 08-20-2014, 08:56 AM
#4
User Info
Thanks for the suggestions!

My budget is not strict, but I am not really looking at the 1k+ machines. $500 (give or take) would be better if it makes a great cup.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

192 1,588
Reply
 08-20-2014, 08:57 AM
#5
  • Barrylu
  • Senior Member
  • Portland OR
User Info
(08-20-2014, 08:27 AM)guildx500 Wrote: I don't know what your budget is but I'd look at the Quickmill Silvano machine first. I have Rancilio Silvia and it's a very solid machine but not especially forgiving of your technique. You will need a high quality burr grinder if you don't have one.
Agree completely Prices vary greatly. The fact that you don't want steaming helps. But leave room in your purchases for company. most people like Foo Foo milk based drinks. Silvia good solid machine to build skills on. Very unforgiving. Good resale value.

66 993
Reply
 08-20-2014, 12:49 PM
#6
  • Bony
  • Active Member
  • New York , USA
User Info
The best online store is : http://www.wholelattelove.com with huge selection and best prices ,detail photos,  free shipping , no tax ! I agree with others that you need also a good grinder too. 

10 403
Reply
 08-21-2014, 08:36 AM
#7
User Info
Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the suggestions. I have been learning a lot and look forward to learning more.

I have a Bodum adjustable burr grinder but will be upgrading.

Thanks!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

192 1,588
Reply
 08-21-2014, 08:57 AM
#8
  • Barrylu
  • Senior Member
  • Portland OR
User Info
(08-21-2014, 08:36 AM)waveflow Wrote: Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the suggestions. I have been learning a lot and look forward to learning more.

I have a Bodum adjustable burr grinder but will be upgrading.

Thanks!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Rocky would be entry level for Espresso.You might want to move up to Mazzer Mini however. Grinders can last 20 plus years and are worth the money when cost accounted over a 20 year span

66 993
Reply
 08-21-2014, 10:47 AM
#9
  • Sully
  • Moderator Emeritus
  • Cedar Park, Texas
User Info
Have you thought about lever machine? If you are willing to go with a lever and your espresso consumption isn't too high you could pick up a used La Pavoni Europiccola for well under $500.

7 1,043
Reply
 08-21-2014, 12:10 PM
#10
User Info
(08-21-2014, 08:57 AM)Barrylu Wrote: Rocky would be entry level for Espresso.You might want to move up to Mazzer Mini however. Grinders can last 20 plus years and are worth the money when cost accounted over a 20 year span

Thanks! Is there a good reason to get the Mazzer mini over the K3 touch?

I don't fully understand dosing



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

192 1,588
Reply
 08-21-2014, 12:18 PM
#11
  • Barrylu
  • Senior Member
  • Portland OR
User Info
(08-21-2014, 12:10 PM)waveflow Wrote:
(08-21-2014, 08:57 AM)Barrylu Wrote: Rocky would be entry level for Espresso.You might want to move up to Mazzer Mini however. Grinders can last 20 plus years and are worth the money when cost accounted over a 20 year span

Thanks! Is there a good reason to get the Mazzer mini over the K3 touch?

I don't fully understand dosing



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
After a grind there is a lot of clumping of the grinds due to static electricity. The static is caused by the agitation of the beans during the grinding. The doser breaks down the clumps and delivers a evener dose of grounds.

(08-21-2014, 12:18 PM)Barrylu Wrote:
(08-21-2014, 12:10 PM)waveflow Wrote:
(08-21-2014, 08:57 AM)Barrylu Wrote: Rocky would be entry level for Espresso.You might want to move up to Mazzer Mini however. Grinders can last 20 plus years and are worth the money when cost accounted over a 20 year span

Thanks! Is there a good reason to get the Mazzer mini over the K3 touch?
Mazzer mini has been around for years is very trusted and retains it's value. In addition parts are easy to obtain.

I don't fully understand dosing



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
After a grind there is a lot of clumping of the grinds due to static electricity. The static is caused by the agitation of the beans during the grinding. The doser breaks down the clumps and delivers a evener dose of grounds.

66 993
Reply
 03-14-2015, 02:49 AM
#12
User Info
check out coffeegeek.com and look in the classifieds

0 33
Reply
 01-10-2016, 10:27 AM
#13
User Info
Take a good look at the Bialetti Brikka.  It makes just as good coffee as my mother's $1000 coffee maker and she can't taste the difference.  It, however ONLY brews great coffee with Italian style espresso beans.  You can't use Starbucks beans in it.

0 115
Reply
 01-10-2016, 10:42 AM
#14
  • Aleksey
  • Enabler
  • Istanbul, Turkiye
User Info
I'm looking for an espresso machine that is small and not very expensive, too. Currently I have Aeropress and Hario V60. I plan to add Chemex to try ultra clean brewing. What do you guys think about Nespresso machines for dorm considering I won't have a big electric grinder? I plan to use Sozen Turkish Coffee Grinder and a Hario Skerton.

0 1,053
Reply
 01-10-2016, 05:09 PM
#15
  • v4257
  • Always chasing the perfect shave
  • Boston, USA
User Info
I've been through a few and cheap ones tend to tie in a couple of years. Strongly recommend Rancilio Silvia given your budget.

17 535
Reply
 01-10-2016, 05:34 PM
#16
User Info
I am a fan of the Capresso machines. I think they do a great job and are priced reasonably.

http://www.capresso.com/espresso-machines.html

0 517
Reply
 04-29-2016, 05:02 AM
#17
User Info
You have to ask yourself if your looking for a fully or semi-auto espresso machine. Do you want more control with the ability to grind and tamp or do you just want to push a button?

If semi-auto there is no simpler machine than the coveted Arrarex Caravel machine. Cult following for it's ease of cleaning and dis-assembly. If fully auto push button well you'll have to do some research.

5 262
Reply
Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)