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Home Espresso Machines

I know a lot of the Sydney crew have great taste in coffee...in fact, some of you guys could be fairly labeled espresso geeks So I'm coming to you for advice.

I want to get a home Espresso machine. Since the cafe on my corner closed, I need to be able to self-enable my own addiction Counter space is at a premium in my place, so it's got to be fairly small. I love dry cappuccinos so it has to have a great steamer wand. Some things I'm looking for:
  • Must have a small counter footprint...roughly 48cm x 60cm
  • Steamer wand must make great dry foam
  • Good, consistent crema on the espresso
  • Must have a water tank, since a water supply valve is not available
  • 110 volt...I'm in the US so no 220v

So do you guys have any recommendations or tips? Many thanks in advance.

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Re: Home Espresso Machines

What sort of budget do you have? That will drive the answer.

I have a Rancillio Silvia, which is one of the most decent low end machines around. I also have a Rancillio Rocky grinder, but if you are not going to grind your own you may get by without one. All up I spent about $1000 on the pair.

If you have 2-3K to spend there are a lot more option available to you.

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Re: Home Espresso Machines

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What sort of budget do you have? That will drive the answer.
That's a good point. I'm hoping to stay under $1000 US (about $1140 AUSD).

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Re: Home Espresso Machines

I've always found this useful. http://www.coffeegeek.com/

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Re: Home Espresso Machines

I'm not in Oz, but thought I'd chime in anyway since I love espresso .

If you haven't been, this website is great for info - http://www.coffeegeek.com/reviews

I have an Isomac Zaffiro, http://www.coffeegeek.com/proreviews.../isomaczaffiro.
Aside from a pump replacement, it's been fantastic. Excellent crema, solid build, pro quality portafilters. I too have a Rancilio Rocky grinder (doserless). I think I paid somewhere over $1K for the pair. Don't forget to find a good source for fresh roasted beans, that makes a big difference too.

If you're looking at purchasing online (as finding a retail outlet is next to impossible), http://www.chriscoffee.com/ has good prices and good customer service too.

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One word of warning - be prepared to do regular cleaning and de-calcifying. I found I was having to descale once a month (our watch is a bit hard). I eventually switched to a stove top perculator, as all the extra work got on top of me (and I am not fussed about steamed milk).

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Re: Home Espresso Machines

So the word is out 'Oz Monsters' ... World Famous Espresso Geeks?
Been there, I just don't do coffee at home, If your local closed down, isn't easier to move house?
Try the Grace Hotel, King & York Sts, Sydney.

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Re: Home Espresso Machines

<also not from OZ but butting in>


also look at the reviews and stuff for sale at wholelattelove.com
good source for stuff
i was hot to trot to get either a La Pavoni or Gaggia Classic...but i've been pretty content with my burr grinder/french press for morning coffee....
this one would look good with a ducati sticker on it

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Re: Home Espresso Machines

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So the word is out 'Oz Monsters' ... World Famous Espresso Geeks?
Been there, I just don't do coffee at home, If your local closed down, isn't easier to move house?
Try the Grace Hotel, King & York Sts, Sydney.
Been there, mate

And if I didn't live 7400 miles (11840km) away from Alex's little bit of paradise I'd be there every day

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Re: Home Espresso Machines

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What sort of budget do you have? That will drive the answer.

I have a Rancillio Silvia, which is one of the most decent low end machines around. I also have a Rancillio Rocky grinder, but if you are not going to grind your own you may get by without one. All up I spent about $1000 on the pair.

If you have 2-3K to spend there are a lot more option available to you.

Cheers
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The Silvia is considered by a lot of aficionado's and coffee purists to be the best valuse under $2000 (it is around $700 down under)....after that you go to ECM etc and have it plumbed in.

The matching grinder is great, I have the Mazza Mini and cannot fault it, however the Mazza is what is in cafe's (usually the jolly roger but some use the Mini for decaf blend) and the footprint is quite large.

Good beans are important too. garbage in, garbage out.

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