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    I'd like too upgrade my espresso machine which is kinda crummy. I've seen recommendations for the Baby class Gaggia machine, which is in my budget, but user reviews on Amazon show all kinds of problems. I kind of like the automatic machines like the Saeca Odea Go, where you only have to put in water and coffee beans and push one button for tasty espresso, but they also seem to be problem prone. I'd probably go to $700 Canadian to get a espresso maker. Simple to use and problem free would be nice. Any suggestions?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by django1
      I'd like too upgrade my espresso machine which is kinda crummy. I've seen recommendations for the Baby class Gaggia machine, which is in my budget, but user reviews on Amazon show all kinds of problems. I kind of like the automatic machines like the Saeca Odea Go, where you only have to put in water and coffee beans and push one button for tasty espresso, but they also seem to be problem prone. I'd probably go to $700 Canadian to get a espresso maker. Simple to use and problem free would be nice. Any suggestions?
      I bought a Starbucks Barista a few years ago, and it's still working fine. Inexpensive, simple, dependable, push some buttons and twist a knob and good stuff comes out the spouts. We had a high-end $5K machine once upon a time, and it didn't make better coffee or froth, just made it a bit quicker.
      The Barista was about $.5KCDN, I think.
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      • #4
        Stephen.... do a search of the EE over on the AV123 forum. There are two or three really BIG threads on coffee machines, espresso machines, beans, home roasting.... you name it. There are some incredible machines out there. Especially the one bigwally has.

        Shoot, just do a search under his user name and you'll learn more about coffee and machines in an hour of reading than most folks will ever know.
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        • #5
          http://av123forum.com/showthread.php?t=32713

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          • #6
            Here is Big Wally's original thread on his machine, my setup is in the last post of his thread.

            Espresso Machines

            If you can pull it off an E61 grouphead machine is the way to go but they have gotten ridiculously expensive. Stay away from the SuperAutomatics and stick with the Semi-Autos.

            If you haven't already head over to Coffee Geeks and start reading.

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            • #7
              Some good info, thanks guys!

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              • #8
                Those are some great links to coffegeek and the av123 threads. Coffeegeek can get crazy high-end, wiht people seriously suggestin gthat you cannot get a decent coffee grind with less than a $400 grinder. And $1500 as the bare-minimum starting point for an espresso machine.

                I don't drink the stuff, but my wife has been very pleased with the Breville 800ESXL. Retails for US$360 at Amazon, but I got it for US$150 at woot.com I've seen it on sale there a couple times in the past year, so if you wait you might get lucky.

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                • #9
                  I got a Kitchenaid Pro Line espresso machine and grinder, both refurbished at Amazon. Both have been working great for several years now (except my wife twice destroying the frothing wand by running them in the garbage disposal) and I paid a lot less than retail. Very happy with both pieces.:thumbsup:

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AKAlex
                    I got a Kitchenaid Pro Line espresso machine and grinder, both refurbished at Amazon. Both have been working great for several years now (except my wife twice destroying the frothing wand by running them in the garbage disposal) and I paid a lot less than retail. Very happy with both pieces.:thumbsup:
                    Nothing like repeating the experiment to make sure the first time wasn't a fluke...:biglaugh:

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                    • #11
                      I'm leaning towards this model. Haven't heard anything bad about this one... Have you?

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                      • #12
                        That looks like the one that's rated best espresso machine overall at consumersearch.com, which is one of my favorite product review sites. Here's a link to their espresso machine review page: http://www.consumersearch.com/espresso-machines
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                        • #13
                          ooo, danncer is here. :applause:

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by danncer
                            That looks like the one that's rated best espresso machine overall at consumersearch.com, which is one of my favorite product review sites. Here's a link to their espresso machine review page: http://www.consumersearch.com/espresso-machines
                            Thanks!

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                            • #15
                              As an Italian I grew up on Bialetti Moka machines/pots. So, my first recommendation is one of these or one of it's cousins -



                              Another one that works pretty decent is an Aeropress, which replaced my French press -



                              My favorite coffees are Rwandan, Costa Rica La Minita, Zaragoza from Mexico and Cafe San Ramon from Nicaragra. They are imported at different times during the year.

                              Lou

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