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wsikes
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Promac MD-64 AT
Drip: Bunn
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:55am
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Bruce,
I just sent you an email to your yahoo.com email address.

 
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Espresso: 1970s La Pavoni Europiccola
Grinder: Baratza Vario, Hario Skerton
Vac Pot: Yama Tabletop 3-cup
Drip: Chemex, CCD, Kalita Wave,...
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Posted Wed Jun 27, 2012, 3:22am
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Hamilton Beach 40729. It lasted me for just over two years (never actually broke or anything, I just gutted it for parts when I got my Pavoni), pulled great shots when paired with a good grinder, and it's cheap. Make no mistake, this is a disposable machine, and you will not be able to service it fully, but it should last a few years and work fine for you if you keep it well-maintained. Pair it with a Gaggia portafilter (chopped, if you like), maybe even a PID down the road, and you'll be set for a little while.

Just in case you need some convincing that it's possible to make anything resembling espresso on a sub-$100 machine: porn
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Posted Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:20am
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Just seconding those who said Gaggia. A used Gaggia (Carezza, Coffee, etc.) for $75-$100 is by far your best option in my opinion, and can easily get you great shots. The second-best option is to look out for a used Rancilio Betsy/Nancy which are just ugly Silvia's, and can often be had for $150-ish.
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