Raenstoirm Junior Member Joined: 8 Dec 2013 Posts: 1 Location: Maryland Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Sun Dec 8, 2013, 12:56pm Subject: Cheapish/easy/fast machine suggestions
I am not a coffee expert by any means, far from it in fact. For my day to day coffee, I am happy with my keurig and milk frothing wand. But lately I have established a Starbucks addiction. At $5 a day though, I need to move that addiction back to my own kitchen. I have tried to create something fun with the keurig, but it doesn't work. I don't want to spend a fortune (since I don't exactly have refined coffee tastes) and I don't want a machine that takes an hour to get something out of since I need my latte or macchiato before heading to work in the morning. I have been looking on my own but it seems most of those in my price range (a couple hundred dollars, but cheaper is ideal) are pod based. Will the pods do what I want? I am thinking I need whole beans and a grinder, but maybe not?
SStones Senior Member Joined: 24 Nov 2012 Posts: 440 Location: Canada Expertise: Professional
Espresso: Giga 5, ECM Giotto, Rocket... Grinder: Anfim Milano-Best Vac Pot: No :( Drip: Some $30 thing from Walmart Roaster: I buy pre-roasted.
Posted Sun Dec 8, 2013, 6:19pm Subject: Re: Cheapish/easy/fast machine suggestions
Cheap/Easy/Fast/Fresh Ground means you're looking for a Superautomatic. Go out and try some. As I type this, there's a Jura advert blinking away at me from 1st in coffee, but there are cheaper superautomatics than the Juras if you want to go with a disposable. Try some. Mid-range SAs will be about on par with Starbucks. The milk obscures a lot of the shortcomings of a fast-brewed espresso. The phrase "You get what you pay for" is true, but one could also argue "You get what you work for". Spending the time to practice making espresso that you like with a less expensive machine will get you better results in the long run. Try before you buy.
Likely a Super Auto is what you are looking for. That said, they are expensive, maintance intensive and short lived but they are fast and easy to use and will be on a par with Starbucks, in other words, garbage.
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To get by amd learn, get a Gaggia Classic or a Gaggia Espresso model, used between 100-150 $ then get a Baratza Virturso grinder. this is about the bare minimum you will need to learn about espresso. Next save some cash for a minimum $500 grinder and a more advanced espresso machine, $1200 plus $ above all, get fresh roasted beans, roasted near your place, or mail oder them from a dialy roaster. figure no more than a half pound a week at first, then add more if you need them
If you take $5 a day Starbucks for a year, that $1200+ is a workable home espresso kit. For the $200 or less you propose, I would suggest you get a Baratza grinder, some fresh quality whole beans, and some of those refillable Keurig capsules. Your Keurig is capable of brewing a good cup of coffee when dialed in with quality fresh beans. This will be cheaper and better quality coffee than the disposable capsules.
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