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Old 02-03-2008, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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I am a self-proclaimed espressoholic and I shamelesly claim to make the best espresso on the planet. Any devotees out there!
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Old 02-03-2008, 08:34 AM
 
Location: on an island
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I salute your skills!
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I can happily drink espresso shots, but prefer cappuccino.
And no, I don't pull my own shots, we just have a Solis "super" automatic, because I am the one who gets up in the morning and fires up the coffee, and I can't cope with the precision required by a persnickety pump machine.
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Old 02-03-2008, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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Default What I use

I have a great grinder! It's an O-L-D wooden box, manual crank job with an adjustable grind spring my mother's parents brought over from Naples nearly 100 years ago ... probably one of their few material possessions. Works Great. I've been through a few low-end automatic machines that were ok but switched over to a La Pavoni, Euripicola (lever/piston) machine several years ago ... perfect. I don't drink tons of espressso, like long shots. Usually one, mid afternoon and a couple after dinner ... like a (or in place of) desert.
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Old 02-03-2008, 01:23 PM
 
Location: on an island
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I have a great grinder! It's an O-L-D wooden box, manual crank job with an adjustable grind spring my mother's parents brought over from Naples nearly 100 years ago
I used a grinder like that when I was a nanny in Spain.
It was my great Coffee Awakening.
You mean coffee comes from beans?
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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cant live without my espresso in the morning! I just have a small Delonghi machine right now, and use preground, but if the tax rebate $$ comes through, I am going to buy a good machine.
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Old 02-03-2008, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Sound Beach
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This seems like the right crowd to poise the question...

What are some recommendations for espresso machines UNDER $200. Are there any. I understand 8 bars of pressure is the minimum you want to have. Can you guys give me some guidance?
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:50 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Back in the 80's when we got married, someone gave us a Salton espresso machine.
(We had been using this crazy Italian stovetop contraption which worked well, but took about 40 minutes to do the steam.)
That Salton lasted for years and years. I think we finally sold it in a garage sale, it was still going strong.
I have head very good things about the Delonghi and the Phillips Senseo.
I wonder if you could find a good deal on Ebay?
Also, when our Solis machine had to go in for a tuneup, I was using this thing and it worked great:
Aero Press
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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Default Espresso, breakfast of champions

Krups is ok and is in that price range. I had two but after a while they seemed to lose pressure; that's one of the reasons I like my lever machine. They are also good if you like ground coffeee. The ground coffee tends to be coarser and flows through the filter basket easier than if you grind it yourself. Down side is the lack of consistant crema. Along with superior tase, I love looking at a perfectly pulled long shot espresso with golden crema; but then, three sips and it's gone. Yeah, they are expensive, but I was hospitalized for more time than I care to talk about and decided I needed to treat myself.
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Old 02-04-2008, 02:24 PM
 
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My husband has an espresso every morning. He makes it in an old fashioned Italian stove top coffee maker. He says it's the only way to brew, coffee that is!
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Old 02-04-2008, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Sound Beach
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Thanks everyone!!
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