espressodemon Senior Member Joined: 17 Dec 2013 Posts: 21 Location: US Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Classic Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Tue Dec 17, 2013, 8:01pm Subject: Anyone own a Waring Pro Vero Barista machine?
I saw this machine at Sams Club tonight for $212. Visually, its an appealing machine and it seems to be built well. When I came home, I started searching for reviews. Not many exist, mainly just on Amazon. This makes me suspect its just a "for show" machine that doesn't really perform well.
qualin Senior Member Joined: 30 Jun 2012 Posts: 653 Location: Calgary, AB Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Izzo Alex Duetto 3 Grinder: Mazzer Mini Elect. Type A Vac Pot: Looking to buy Drip: Manual Roaster: Considering?
Posted Tue Dec 24, 2013, 3:01am Subject: Re: Anyone own a Waring Pro Vero Barista machine?
I realize that your post is a week old and I apologize for not responding sooner.
I'm going to start out by saying that this is the wrong approach to buying an espresso machine.
I would agree that there are a lot of aspects of this machine which are "Just for show", like the temperature gauge on the top of the machine, which is nearly useless. I'm afraid that I can't really say anything positive about it, but I can assure you that for $212, you'll just be wasting your money.
Second, determine what the answers are to the questions which are asked on that forum thread, including determining what your budget should be.
Third, determine if you want to buy used or new equipment. It's better to start out buying used equipment if budget is a severe restriction.
Fourth, once you consider your espresso machine, unless you want to buy ESE pods, consider buying a coffee grinder to go with it. Not just any coffee grinder either. One which can grind fine enough and consistently enough for espresso.
Fifth, Please don't get sticker shock. You're not buying a toaster here. If you really truly want to make espresso, be prepared to spend as much as you would on a set of major appliances.
Sixth, If espresso is too expensive for you, consider buying a simple stovetop Moka Pot. They're fairly cheap and they make great strong coffee.
I'm going to say this again and again... Expect to spend at LEAST $1000 on a decent espresso setup that won't disappoint or frustrate you. (That's all in by the way.) Less if you buy used equipment.
I wish you the best of luck.
Garbage In, Garbage Out, for every step of the process. From Beans to grinder, grounds to machine, coffee to cup.
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