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What is the Honda, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley of Espresso makers?
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I'd settle for the Scion.
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I have the fixed wheel bike level "machine": a Bialetti Moka.
post #4 of 228
I had an espresso from some machine at Sur La Table at the SF Ferry Building. I am told that the brand is the favored machine of a well-known Style Forum bon vivant and snob. Unfortunately, I forgot it's name.

The espresso was great, BTW.
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i love my oscar nuova simonelli
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I've read rave reviews of the Rancho Silvia espresso maker. Around $500 but bullet proof with high resale value (as parts are easy to come by). I guess that might be the Honda?
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I have a Gaggia Tebe, about 6 years old now and going strong. However, some small part of me wants it to die so I can buy a manual-lever Italian chrome machine like the one a friend of mine owns. I think he has this one:
post #8 of 228
I use a Gaggia Carezza. I guess that's more like the Scion.
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I have one of these:


it is much better than my other espresso maker:

post #10 of 228
I like the Moka Express too.
post #11 of 228
Mokas make good coffee, but they don't make espresso. Pavonis are the Bentleys of espresso. Check out coffeegeek.com, the SF of espresso.
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I have a Nespresso as well actually two, one professional model and the Alessi designed one - I mostly use the Pro one as it is fully automatic. I'm using the Bialetti at the moment - it's a reminder of the place that I bought it from, a small hardware shop in the back lanes of Venezia and the coffee is nice and smooth.
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Everyone in Italy uses Bialettis at home (although usually not actual bialettis, but mokas anyway). If they want espresso, they go to the bar.
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I'm not a great espresso drinker - I use my machines mostly for cappucino or latte, but I had a few espressos in Italy. The coffee at Sant Eustachio was amazing.
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Originally Posted by chobochobo View Post
I'm not a great espresso drinker - I use my machines mostly for cappucino or latte, but I had a few espressos in Italy. The coffee at Sant Eustachio was amazing.

Best coffee in the world. A source of mine just dropped off a 1-kilo bag of the beans.
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