rydogg7 Senior Member Joined: 7 Feb 2012 Posts: 9 Location: Seattle Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Sat Jan 18, 2014, 4:45pm Subject: Suggestion for a good used office espresso setup?
I've got a pretty sweet Quick Mill Andreja Premium and Super Jolly setup at home, but I find myself in desperate need of an early-afternoon "pick me up" when I'm in the office! I've negotiated a nice deal with a coworker: in exchange for me purchasing the equipment, he is going to purchase a never-ending supply of artistan roasted, whole coffee beans (preferably Velton's Bonsai Blend) for our shared use. :-)
My question is, what is currently the best value for a low-volume work espresso machine and grinder? I always default to Silvia, because that was my first workhorse espresso machine, and used ones can be had for around $350 on Craigslist if I'm patient, but I haven't been staying on the "cutting edge" of espresso machine technology for awhile--is there a better value now? Also, I've heard that Rocky is getting a little long in the tooth (and we all know about the grind setting slop issue), so I'm open to suggestions on grinders as well. I'd prefer to go the used route, rather than new, so availability is also important.
I've also answered the "standard questions" below:
1) What kind of drinks do you like/want to make? (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's capabilities.) Lattes and americanos. 2) How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself needing to make at any one time? (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's ability to work continuously.) Two a day, to maximum of five drinks per day. 3) How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself making in any given week? (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's durability.) This will be used on weekdays, so five days a week. 4) Can you plumb a machine directly into the water supply, or do you want/need a pour over machine with its own reservoir? Pour-over is fine, actually preferred, for this application. 5) Do you have a 20-amp circuit available, or only a (standard) 15-amp circuit? We're probably limited to a 15-amp circuit here. 6) What is your budget for a new machine? Does that also include a grinder? If not, what is your budget for a grinder? I would like to stay around $500 for the entire setup if possible... I can stretch to $750 if absolutely necessary. 7) Are you willing to buy used or do you need new equipment? Do you or family member have the skills to repair used equipment? Yes, I prefer used. My repair skill is low, but I can solder and do some other basics. 8) Do you have the essential accessories (decent tamper, knockbox, the works), otherwise budget about $100 for these. Yep, got all that.
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