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nutmegct
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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013, 12:13pm
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.

Thanks.
Tom in Connecticut

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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013, 12:24pm
Subject: Re: Benjamin & Medwin 9 cup espresso/foamer
 

Take a look at the Bellman CX25, or CX25P if you want a pressure gauge on it.  There are a few others on the market as well, but I've not used any of them (including the Bellman).

 
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nutmegct
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Espresso: ancient Benjamin & Medwin...
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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013, 4:23pm
Subject: Re: Benjamin & Medwin 9 cup espresso/foamer
 

Thanks for the Bellman recommendation.  Looks like a modernized version of what I've got.

Where on the forum would I find ratings and/or recommendations for simple stovetop and electric espresso makers with foamers?

Thanks.
Tom
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