andrewm Senior Member Joined: 4 Dec 2012 Posts: 11 Location: Vancouver, B.C Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Tue Dec 4, 2012, 5:53pm Subject: Assistance in picking out an Espresso machine for a reasonable price.
Hi all, I just joined.
So, I've done an immense amount of research, but I'm still having a hard time finding a decently priced espresso machine.
I managed to snag a used Mazzer Mini, which I've since cleaned and love very much.
I've considered semi-automatics and even considered a La Pavoni lever machine, but I mostly want to make Cappuccinos and Americanos. I have not yet acquired a "Taste" for espresso by itself. I like the richness and milk texture of a cappuccino. Mostly I make pour overs in my Chemex, but I miss the luxurious texture of steamed milk and strength of espresso.
Machines I'm considering, from "cheapest to best":
I know that double boilers are better for milk + espresso drinks, and I know that HX espresso machines are better than single boilers. Mostly I'm looking at making two espresso based drinks at a time, if I'm entertaining I like to use my Chemex, but might make 4-8 espresso drinks if I have a ton of guests.
I'd like to get a machine used, as I find buying new is way too much money. The absolute most I could ever shell out is 800 dollars all in, and that's only for a good double boiler. I live near Vancouver, British Columbia, and I'd be willing to travel as far as Seattle to get a good used machine.
I learn extremely quickly and love to experiment with stuff, so long as I don't have to "modify" the actual machine in any technical aspect.
Any recommendations? I've tried Craigslist, but it's been hit or miss.
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