thebakereb Senior Member Joined: 5 May 2014 Posts: 1 Location: ontario Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Mon May 5, 2014, 1:03pm Subject: Buying an espresso machine
So I have been looking into buying an espresso machine for a while now and I think I am finally ready to commit and I would like some help. I am looking for preferably in the 500-700 range that has a good steaming wand for making lattes and cappuccinos another thing about me is I have a really steep learning curve so I want something that Id be able to "grow" into. Also I may need a new grinder as well; I have a cuisine art burr grinder that has adjustable settings but I'm not sure if it would be good enough for pulling a good espresso shot. A couple of the machines I was looking at were the Breville 870xl and the Rancilio Silvia which is the absolute top of my budget for an espresso machine. Any advice would be welcome.
emradguy Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2011 Posts: 3,303 Location: Houston Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Mon May 5, 2014, 1:18pm Subject: Re: Buying an espresso machine
Welcome to CG!
There's a dedicated forum for Espresso Machines...hopefully, one of the moderators will move this for you, as you'll probably get more responses there.
You're in a similar boat as many of the people who post here for the first time, and so...there are actually a lot of recent threads on this very topic. It would be worthwhile reading them. Look in the Espresso Machines forum.
Your grinder is definitely not up to the task of making espresso, so that's going to have to be replaced (though you should save it for drip and/or presspot.
You can often find a combo deal on a Gaggia Classic and a Baratza Vario or Preciso within your budget, and that'll be a good starter setup. You might also consider the Lelit PL53 grinder.
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