nutmegct Senior Member Joined: 11 Sep 2013 Posts: 2 Location: Connecticut Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: ancient Benjamin & Medwin... Grinder: Hamilton Beach bladed coffee...
Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013, 11:13am Subject: Benjamin & Medwin 9 cup espresso/foamer
Sad to say, but I think my old stovetop machine bit the dust.
Stamped on bottom: Benjamin and Medwin Inc., New York, Made in Portugal, 9. See attached photo. I find no machines which look like this anywhere on the 'net.
Over the last several months, the steam/foam wand had become increasingly difficult to clean. Now no steam comes through it at all, even with the steam valve fully open, the coffee wand closed, and steam coming from the relief valve. And today, the bakelite handle cracked as I tried to unscrew the top.
It's certainly not "top of the line", but I enjoyed really good espresso type coffee for many years, and the foamer did a good job of preparing milk for latte and cappuccino.
Is there a similar machine now recommended? Preferably stovetop? (I've tried several electrics but never found the steam pressure sufficient to foam the milk, and the coffee product was always too weak for me.) Nothing in my price range (under $100) beat my recently deceased Benjamin and Medwin.
Edit: if I posted in the wrong forum, please move. I didn't post in Espresso, as it's more than an Espresso machine.
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