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Espresso machine anyone?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by RollTide82, Mar 27, 2021.

  1. Mar 27, 2021 at 6:27 PM
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    Went to a cuban restaurant the other day and had an espresso shot and now I am hooked...anyone have a machine that is not in the 600 dollar range that gets the job done?
     
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    Ok so not to far off. I’ll post some links for ya.
     
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    Primula Aluminum Espresso Maker - Aluminum - For Bold, Full Body Espresso - Easy to Use - Makes 6 Cups (PES-3306) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001J1L59E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_DSW06M3SSBGHKEX6AW47


    this will be your most cost effective route. You will want to be able to steam milk to finish it off. I also have a nespreeso with Cuban espresso pods and it steams the milk it’s pretty fire.
     
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    nespresso with nespresso pods make good coffee. Easy and quick.
    Or a Bialetti like posted above.

    I also bought a frother on Amazon for $10 for those cappuccinos or latte
     
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    now if you want to taste real espressos..a trip to Italy is in order.
    go to a bar and ask for a espresso standing up. costs around 1 euro and best espressos ever.
     
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    This is a rabbit hole.

    Bialetti's are nice, but not really espresso, and come out with a bit of a burnt taste.

    First, and only, actual machine for me is a DeLonghi my wife got me this past Christmas...pretty sure it was in the $100 price range.

    It works, but not very consistent, and has some shortcomings for sure.

    There are reasons why expensive machines are....expensive.

    SPP
     
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    This is the way to go. My parents immigrated to the US from southern Italy in the 50's. Drank espresso twice a day. This is the only style of espresso maker we use. I bought them a $1000 dollar machine years ago and they never used it.
    Start with one of these. Buy GOOD coffee, I like illy. Play around with amount of coffee and water to get what you want.
    cuban espresso is usually a thimble sized amount of very concentrated coffee. Try and find Italian specialties shops or a cuban specialty shop near you they may have brands of coffee you can get other places.
     
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    Appreciate all the input....I will definitely look at these options
     
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    With espresso machines. You get what you pay for. Suck it up get a decent one, and you will have it for 20 years. Drinking one now. Best high quality machine without a lot of gadgets is
    Gaggia Classic (about $400 online at wholelattelove.com). Next purchase will be a burr grinder best for the money Rancillo Rocky at about $300. They are the Tundras of the espresso world.
     
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    Picked this one up at Kroger for 20 bucks on sale this morning...worked great. Just need to buy a few more brands to try...had some cafe bustelo
     
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    Don't put that pot in the dishwasher. Also don't put it back together if it's not completely dry it can get musty.
     
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    I've had that one for about 6 years, great little machine. I like running Illy through it.
     
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    I really enjoy watching videos from James Hoffmann, a guy on YouTube who is a coffee wizard. One video of interest would be: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1LUkfpTtu0

    I will warn you though, as you build a more and more refined palette for espresso, all other coffee will become "ruined"...
     
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    This! ^^^
    My first trip to Italy when I got home and made a cup of coffee I took 2 sips and dumped it. I was pissed because I could make espresso at home, but when I'm at the office I couldn't drink that office crap anymore.
     
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    Been thinking about it all day. I picked up a can of Lavazza last night and pulled my machine put of hibernation. Not as tasty as Illy but it's pretty good.
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    And I picked up a can of Illy today...lol
     
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    Yep.

    DeLonghi is the way to go if you're good in to $300 range.

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    Same. I drank your standard crap Folger's until trips to Turkey and Italy; now I *have* to have the good stuff. (Mainly because I've got a sliding hernia; and the good stuff has far less acid and therefore doesn't bother me.)
     
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    +1 for nespresso!
     
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    Illy is the best, its really common in Italy so it must be pretty legit.

    I take back what I said about the Lavazza, I went to make a little cup this morning and remembered that my Delongi comes with a single shot and a double shot. I had a double yesterday so no wonder it was acidic and had me bouncing off walls. Had a single today and it was very nice. The double is better to use if you are making a latte or something.
     
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    This is one of my pandemic muses, and I really miss Cuban coffee. Since I'm the only one in the house that drinks it, Baratza Encore + Aeropress for coffee. And a 1PRESSO JX Pro + Flair for manual crema shots. In the summer, affogato (6:49)!



    Making great espresso isn't cheap, the grinder is one of the most important elements, and you need a manual or machine that puts out 9bar+ pressure. The saying is marry your grinder, date your machine.
     

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