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Espresso/Cappuccino Makers - which do you have?

So I usually spend ~ $45+ a week buying drinks from Starbucks and I'm looking to cut costs and save some money.


With this being said what Espresso/Cappuccino maker should I get? I'm looking to spend under $150, I'd like to spend in the ball park of less than 10 mins to make a drink from start up cold to all done (is that possible for the price?).

I found this on Newegg but I'm not sure - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16896101544

What should I be looking for? What would you choose?
Old 02-21-2010, 02:05 PM XJumper84 is offline  
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Some may argue, but I work in the industry and you're not going to get anything that will come close to what you can get in any store for less than about $600... and that would be with a Rancilio Silvia.

Anything you're looking at is just going to make a strong cup of coffee, and not much more. I would just get a nice K cup brewer if you're not too picky about quality.

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I won't be able to make a caramel macchiatto with anything less than $600? (i know that a real macchiatto is just 2 shots of espresso but i'd add milk and caramel syrup like they do at starbucks...)

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i have a starbucks athena barista...working pretty damn well so far...but i'd love to have someone over sometime to show me if i should be doing anything different.

not sure on the cost, it was given as a gift/for free... but quality is pretty decent for being a home-oriented model
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Sometimes a coffee shop will sell its machines.
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:31 AM WILLIAM NOT is offline  
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You shouldn't buy an espresso machine that is quite so cheap, in which case you could get a quality coffee maker.


I've had this espresso machine (800ESXL) for over a year. Bought it from a friend who was short on his rent. I use it almost everyday and have no problems. It is excellent quality. - http://www.brevilleusa.com/espresso/...o-machine.html @ $399.99

For super fresh coffee I suggest a percolator such as this one, it is fantastic, this beats any drip coffee maker - http://www.hamiltonbeach.com/all-cof...ercolator.html @ $49.99

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My mom has the Keurig single cup coffee maker and she just bought the krurig milk frother.

When i was there last week i tried it out to make a moccachino. I made a cup of the espresso blend in one cup, and in another i poured just over half of the frothed milk into a cup, and then put about 1 and a half table spoons of nesquick in the froth and then poured the coffee in. Stirred it around and i could not tell the difference between that and a moccachino that i have bought at second cup or starbucks.

Best part was that it took less than a minute and a half to make
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I picked up this little guy for less than 50 bucks at the local sears discount shop:

http://www.delonghicanada.com/index.php?product&nid=123

It's a bit annoying/time-consuming to use, but it works quite well. Can't complain for the price.
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Some may argue, but I work in the industry and you're not going to get anything that will come close to what you can get in any store for less than about $600... and that would be with a Rancilio Silvia.

Anything you're looking at is just going to make a strong cup of coffee, and not much more. I would just get a nice K cup brewer if you're not too picky about quality.

--Andy

This. A cheaper machine may not be able to handle heavy usage compared to something more substantial.

I wouldn't know about cheaper machines but my Mom splurged on a Jura Impressa E80 last summer.

Considering it makes 4-6 lattes/cappuccinos a day 7 days a week its worth the investment. Its a superautomatic machine so shots are always consistent and dirt easy to use. You could steam enough milk for a Starbucks Venti in about 3 minutes. The only caveats are (obviously) the price and the small steam wand. The layout of the machine also makes it very difficult to steam milk in a pitcher for more than 1 beverage at a time.

I also work at Starbucks and this machine is comparable in quality to the superautomatic tank we use at work... I wouldn't be surprised if the Jura lasts a good 10 years of daily use.

Also try and find a machine with a descaling function... minerals in the water you use will quickly kill the boiler in any espresso machine and quickly ruin the flavor.

EDIT: And when we bought this machine it was on sale for over $300 off.
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This. A cheaper machine may not be able to handle heavy usage compared to something more substantial.

I wouldn't know about cheaper machines but my Mom splurged on a Jura Impressa E80 last summer.

I can't do much vouching as I don't have a lot of experience with these machines, but I've got a Jura too and I love it. I got the Capresso 302 at a garage sale for $5 (along with 8 nice coffee mugs and 6 espresso cups on a rack). My girlfriend and I still go out to coffee shops to study, but not nearly as much as we used to because she can make pretty good drinks on this thing (cappuccino for me and latte for her). I say she makes pretty good drinks because, even though I can operate it, she's an ex-barista and can get a much better drink out of it than I can (experience will help you make a much better drink even on a low-end machine).
unless you're a coffee snob, you don't need a $600 machine to make a decent substitute for Starbucks. though, maybe an expensive machine will make it easier for a novice to make a good drink...
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I did alot of research on this years back and decided on the DeLonghi Magnifica. Best automatic I've used. Don't bother with Jura, they're overpriced, pull a subpar shot (in my experience), and are annoying to use(compared with the DeLonghi).

Here's my bean juicer...


http://www.amazon.com/DeLonghi-ESAM3...8969314&sr=8-1

Get a BBB 20% off coupon and you can pick one up for ~$640.

Love it. Makes great espresso. Good pump strength. Easy cleanup (cleans itself mostly). Very low maintenance (i use only distilled in it). I've had it for years and made thousands of espressos and only had one problem with it leaking after a cross-country move by semi. Sent it in to DeLonghi and the fixed it for free. It gets used heavily every day. Oh also, it's very fast to heat up. I even use it for tea because it'll heat a cup of water so quickly.

If you're not as lazy as me, the Rancilo is an excellent machine. http://coffeegeek.com/ has some good info too. Though they're biased against super-autos
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what's the advantage of using distilled water?
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what's the advantage of using distilled water?
You mean filtered water. Filtering water removes impurities that cause bad taste.

Distilling kills all nutritional value of water, aside from the hydration ability.
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I recently bought a Gaggia Classic and Rancilio Rocky grinder. So far, it's a lot of fun to learn about coffee and improve my technique. Coffeegeek.com and home-barista.com are some good sites to check out to learn more about coffee. Coffeegeek seems to be more accepting of people with low end machines than home-barista but ymmv.
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You mean filtered water. Filtering water removes impurities that cause bad taste.

Distilling kills all nutritional value of water, aside from the hydration ability.

no, i mean distilled... nutritional value lol

because pure water is bad for you right?
you probably think drinking fluoride is good thing too?
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