01-11-2019, 08:12 AM
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(01-09-2019, 02:20 PM)shaveser Wrote:
(01-08-2019, 08:22 AM)lloydrm Wrote: Get a Nespresso machine. Pull a “cleaning shot” before you pull your first espresso. Water quantity for an espresso is pretty well defined, but newer machines for the American market are more flexible with that.
I took your advice this morning and pulled a clean, pod-less shot from my lil Mueller Nesspresso machine and. . . Wow, what a difference!  It was a pretty darn good shot!   I guess the cleaning and heating of the machine resulting from the pod-less shot really helps. Thanks for the advice!  It may not be the best espresso in the world, but it is quite serviceable for my novice needs. Just wish there wasn’t so much plastic waste...

Glad to read it worked. I am with you on the waste part though. 
If it helps, you might feel a bit better knowing that the hotspot on the carbon footprint of an espresso is on the energy to run the machine. The Nespresso machine is a fraction of a traditional espresso machine. 
Is not the best, but for everyday use I find it quite convenient.

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 01-11-2019, 04:45 PM
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  • pbrmhl
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The coffee shop in my building, La Marzocco, sells their machines in the shop. As far as I know, no one has yet dropped the $7,500 required to buy one...

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 01-11-2019, 06:50 PM
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(01-11-2019, 04:45 PM)pbrmhl Wrote: The coffee shop in my building, La Marzocco, sells their machines in the shop. As far as I know, no one has yet dropped the $7,500 required to buy one...

Now you're talking some serious machinery.  Most of the coffee shops that I've been in the Northern NJ area that know their espresso have La Marzocco  machines.  But a little bit of overkill for a home coffee bar usage............or is it?

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 01-11-2019, 07:37 PM
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  • Barrylu
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(01-11-2019, 06:50 PM)MntnMan62 Wrote: [quote='pbrmhl' pid='901966' dateline='1547253934']
The coffee shop in my building, La Marzocco, sells their machines in the shop. As far as I know, no one has yet dropped the $7,500 required to buy one...

Now you're talking some serious machinery.  Most of the coffee shops that I've been in the Northern NJ area that know their espresso have La Marzocco  machines.  But a little bit of overkill for a home coffee bar usage............or is it?
No more than a $400 Razor

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 01-11-2019, 09:09 PM
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(01-11-2019, 07:37 PM)Barrylu Wrote:
(01-11-2019, 06:50 PM)MntnMan62 Wrote:
(01-11-2019, 04:45 PM)pbrmhl Wrote: The coffee shop in my building, La Marzocco, sells their machines in the shop. As far as I know, no one has yet dropped the $7,500 required to buy one...

Now you're talking some serious machinery.  Most of the coffee shops that I've been in the Northern NJ area that know their espresso have La Marzocco  machines.  But a little bit of overkill for a home coffee bar usage............or is it?
No more than a $400 Razor
Which is why I have neither of the above.  I think my most expensive razor cost me about $50.  And my choice of coffee brewing is in a $20 french press that I got in 1993 for a wedding present.

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 01-20-2019, 10:12 PM
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Good espresso is not a cheap venture. My starter kit purchased in 2012, which I would recommend to others like OP, was a Crossland CC1 + Baratza Vario grinder. The CC1 has some of the features of the oft-recommended Silvia, with the added PID (a thermostat for the boiler) for precise control and no 'temperature surfing'. You could also consider the used market.

I sold my CC1 after three years to upgrade to a Quick Mill (E61 heat exchanger). The Vario is still my daily grinder and as good as it is, I wouldn't go any lower in quality and would also consider the Baratza Sette - I've seen that used in my local shop for experimental espresso (i.e. off-menu).

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 03-23-2019, 12:02 PM
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I love breville for all kitchen appliance

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 03-23-2019, 03:25 PM
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  • Sully
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(03-23-2019, 12:02 PM)ripcho Wrote: I love breville for all kitchen appliance

The Breville double boiler gets really good reviews on the espresso forums.

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 03-23-2019, 03:48 PM
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(03-23-2019, 03:25 PM)Sully Wrote:
(03-23-2019, 12:02 PM)ripcho Wrote: I love breville for all kitchen appliance

The Breville double boiler gets really good reviews on the espresso forums.

I use mine from few years (old model don't know which one) and I'm really happy from lavazza rossa.

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 03-24-2019, 03:10 AM
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Mine is a Rancillio Silvia with a PID. I like it since it does what it's supposed to pretty well. Making multiple lattes on it can be a bit of a pain but other than that it's a great machine for the price. My grinder is a Mazzer Mini. Both of these have served me well for over five years. I'd like to "upgrade" both machine and grinder at some point but every time I start researching I end up getting frustrated with all the choices.

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