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chrish
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Joined: 9 Jan 2013
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Location: buffalo
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: Gaggia classic
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Wed Jan 9, 2013, 1:28pm
Subject: need help w first machine & accessories
 

So, here's my deal, I have a $500 amazon gift card that I'd like to use to get set up with my first machine and accessories and keep as close as possible to that $500 point.

My background: I currently own a Vario grinder and drink one cup of coffee a day either from aeropress or french press. I anticipate having one of either an espresso or americano each morning. My wife has a glass of tea each morning so I can get hot water for an americano from her. My wife will probably want a latte once or twice a week.

I am pretty sure my budget limits me to the Gaggia Classic which sits on amazon between $374 and $395 leaving me $100 for accessories. I can't afford the extra $250 needed for the Silvia and probably wouldn't for a year. I'd like to support site sponsors but I have a $500 gift card and not $500 cash. I'm in MD for the next week so I'd have it shipped here and not pay sales tax. I'd like to keep purchases to Prime eligible items so I can have everything before I leave.

So, with that in mind, I've come up with the following list:

Gaggia Classic: $495
Rattleware 58mm tamper: $28
Update Int'l 20oz pitcher: $12
Dreamfarm 4-inch knockbox: $20
Bodum pavina 2.5oz cups (6) : $20 (a set of two is only $6 less)

and to lower the pressure from ~14bar to ~9bar,
3/8" to 1/4" brass adapter: $7
200psi gauge: $9

bringing my total to $492.04.  

How does this sound? Is there anything I'm missing? Anything that's a piece of crap that I should trade for something else?

Thanks!
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sn_85
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Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Quick Mill Andreja Premium
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Wed Jan 9, 2013, 2:40pm
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I wouldn't get the Update Int'l frothing pitchers.  You'll want one with a little better spout, I'd look into the Rattleware ones as they're not much more expensive.  I have both and the Rattleware has a much more pointed spout it and feels heftier in the hand as well.  Also I would get a shot glass with measurements on them.  When you're starting out you want to know how many ounces you're pouring so that you can be consistent.  I doubt you'll need 6 shot glasses at any rate.  Don't forget a tamping mat, timer (or use your phone), and a scale to weigh your beans.  Also do the mod to replace the Classic's panarello wand with the Silva wand, it's only a $20 piece and will help you get microfoam better than any panarello wand can.
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chrish
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Location: buffalo
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: Gaggia classic
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Wed Jan 9, 2013, 3:14pm
Subject: Re: need help w first machine & accessories
 

Thanks!

The only rattleware pitcher that will ship with prime is this one with a thermometer holder so I guess that's what it'll be. I can't find any shot glass measures (that don't lose their markings in the dishwasher) that would ship with prime so I'll try and source one locally.

I already have a scale with 0.1g resolution and can't order a Silvia wand through Amazon so that will have to be for another day.
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chrish
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Location: buffalo
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: Gaggia classic
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Wed Jan 9, 2013, 6:23pm
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Replying to myself, but after looking at the gift guides on the front page I found on Amazon the handleless Rattleware 20-oz pitcher and the Rattleware 3-oz shot glass.
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Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:31am
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I use that shot glass and like it very much.

 
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