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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by N8 v2.0, Dec 7, 2005.
One for home use.
Might be willing to spend some good $'s for one.
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We have one from Krups that is quite nice for what it is.
There are some really bitchin digital models that will grind enough for one cup, fill the basket, make the espresso, and then flush the system for you. Forget the manufacturer though.
I am thinking an Italian manufacturer would be the best choice for a machine...
Saeco makes some really sweet machines, and they also support cycling. It's a no brainer.
If you wanna learn about the machines in general go to
They have some good advice and good customer service after the purchase.
I remember reading an article that said the expensive Italian models are the best because they are able to create the appropriate water pressure to extract the best flavor from the coffee.
It said that almost none of the Amercian makers can do this.
Absolutely. Go Italian.
I don't have a "proper" espresso machine, but I wish I did.
That's because most 'Merikans wouldn't know a good espresso if it bit them in the ass.
I've got the Capresso F9. It's pretty good for a "SuperAutomatic". Requires a bit more human intervention for keeping the tamper clean than I expected but it makes a damn fine cup of coffee. I recommend not paying retail if you can help it.
We have a Krups machine that makes regular and expresso, a duo I think it's called. I'm no expert but it seems to make good coffee most of the time. After a few months it gets hard water deposits and it doesn't cook right and starts tasting really bitter. When that happens I run a batch of vinegar water though it and it tastes fine again.
Don't play games, go for this.
5 bucks says it doesn't make proper espresso............
Have to spend $500 to get a decent one right? I don't get coffee. I drink it in the morning, ICE. The caffine does nothing to me. Starbucks coffee tastes like dirt water. I don't understand it. I think that all the coffee junkies are people that use to smoke, right?
Never had a good espresso, have ya?
Edit: For the record - Starschmucks *is* dirt water. Blech.
$5 says it costs 4 digits.
does it come w/ the deluxe package of the H2?
Yep, built in underneath the DVD big screen. and within reach of the hot tub.
All that and it won't make a decent espresso?
Rich people are weird............
Do you know that for a fact?
That rich people are weird?
No. But there appears to be ample evidence.................
it is weird how Sbux is pretty bad coffee. The only one I've had that I'd buy again is their Black Apron Kona. The "Yukon Blend" is good on those cold desert mornings before a ride first thing outta the tent.
It's been a great stock though.
The F9 makes great coffee. Hard to tell a difference between the shots it pulls and the "caffee solo" I had in Spain. A non-coffee drinking friend has even been hooked on the coffee from it. He only drinks coffee at our house.
here you go.
The expensive ones look cool, but how do they push steam through beans better than this?:
I saw one of these at a home builder's show a couple years ago. My next house will have one.
That looks like skimping to me.
I bought one of those a few years ago at WalMart and it never made a good cup of anything.
I believe proper espresso has to be brewed at a certain pressure & the little plastic toy makers cant achieve this type of pressure. I think to get a good crema you are gonna have to step it up a bit.
I like the way it looks.
Now now. We all know that Spanish coffee is not the appropriate yardstick by which to measure the good stuff.
TN speaks the truth. But for $900 I think I'd get my espresso fix by taking a trip to Firenze.........
here's an N of one:
Well, I'm new to coffee abroad so that and Norway is all I can compare it to. Geir had me bring as much Sumatra as I could squeeze in my luggage if that tells you about the coffee situation in Norway. If you like just shots of espresso, Spain isn't too bad. They've got the fancy Dr. Seuss lookin' machines too.
You are correct, Sir. I would say that Spain was runner up in the espresso department, followed closely by France. Italy, however, is head and shoulders above the others.
Is it wrong that I want to go to Italy JUST to drink espresso?
F**k no! But you might as well eat like a king and drink like a wino while you're at it.
Sitting down or standing up?