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sbarnet
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Posted Sun May 1, 2005, 9:01am
Subject: Newbie needs your help!
 

I have been doing as much research as possible and have come to the conclusion that I want something that makes a great latte. I am sick if spending 4 bucks a day when I can do it myself however time is an issue. I am not much of an espresso drinker however will probably become one with home use. I have it narrowed down to the Capresso Ultima or if I stretch the budget the Saeco Vienna Deluxe. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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fredrik_bt
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Espresso: Isomac Tea, laPavoni EPL
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Posted Sun May 1, 2005, 9:35am
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I think these machines are superautos. They don't make as good coffee as a decent barista on a decent machine. I recommend a semiauto, I have a very advanced semiauto and I can make coffee better than any coffee-shop in my town. It's very fun too.

If you buy a grinder like the Rancilio Rocky and a gaggia or rancilio silva you will be able to produce very good coffee. It does not take a lot of time, it's just a little messier than a superauto but it's worth it.

 
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Posted Sun May 1, 2005, 10:09am
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Welcome to coffee geek.

I can't comment on the Capresso machine.  Saeco is one of the leading makers of superautomatic machines in the world.  The superauto won't make espresso as good as a semiauto coupled with a good grinder.  For lattes, the quality produced by the superauto should be fine.  Based on my own experience with Saeco superautos I feel I can recommend Saeco.

What would I do if it were my money.  Well...the Vienna Deluxe is $599.00 including shipping from Whole Latte Love.  You could buy a Gaggia Espresso or Carezza from WLL for $199.00 including shipping.  Spend an extra $40.00 or so to get a good tamper.  The plastic tamper that comes with the machine is worthless.  I would go to Chris's Coffee for a Nuova Simonelli MCI doserless grinder for $239.00 including shipping.  It would appear the Silvia/Rocky combination would be more than you want to spend (about $800.00).  Chris carries the Silvia and might make you a good package deal on a Silvia/MCI combo.  It doesn't hurt to ask.

Good luck with whatever you choose,

Fred
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