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post #106 of 228
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Originally Posted by hws View Post
My machine look this:

you're drinking aluminum. in a year, you'll see how much has flaked off.
buy a stainless model.
post #107 of 228
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Originally Posted by jkipness View Post
What is the Honda, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley of Espresso makers?



Here's the BMW of cap machines. The BMW designed, Starbucks Sirena. Works superbly. Love mine.
post #108 of 228
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Originally Posted by allreds View Post
you're drinking aluminum. in a year, you'll see how much has flaked off. buy a stainless model.
I find photo from other site. Mine is stainless, I buy from old man who live near to me machine he not need anymore, so low price!
post #109 of 228

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post #110 of 228
that's just beautiful. i don't know how it works, but a gorgeous machine. i'm still using a rancilio silvia i bought about 15 years ago. the thing's like a tank. to keep it on a clothing thread ... it's a barbour beaufort of an espresso maker. timeless, classic, indestructible. and, i have to admit, not terribly aesthetically pleasing.
post #111 of 228
I too have a Silvia that I purchased in January. Love it. I kind of like the way it looks.....
post #112 of 228
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Originally Posted by rjmaiorano View Post
I would agree with the conversation that pretty much all espresso in Italy is better than anything stateside. But I'm biased to things south of Naples.

So while a machine is good on the go, I've got my grandmothers very old neapolitan stove top maker that I prefer to use. Looks similar to this:

I have my great grand-father's that is like that. Have never used it though. I also have a Bialetti.
post #113 of 228
My lovely lady found me a Gaggia Classic at Petes Coffee 2 years ago...brand new display item marked at $125. That and a passible Capresso Infinity grinder (which I've now had to repair 3 times) and I nurse a pretty damn healthy espresso addiction. Since moving from West to East coast I've been ordering a lot of roasts...hard to find good beans in DC. I don't have the patience to roast my own.

Next up is doing a PID mod to the Gaggia....
post #114 of 228
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Originally Posted by grimslade View Post
Chris, I have no doubt that it helps, but have a hard time believing pods can compete with freshly ground beans.

Grayland, I have a Kitchen-Aid grinder that is simple to use, attractive, and an impressive piece of industrial design. Get a good grinder and you won't feel like it's a hassle. It doesn't dose, so the purists may scoff, but it does the job with a flick of the switch. The incremental effort in grinding with a good grinder is really minimal.

I have a Rocky grinder and HATE the doser...wish I listened to coffeegeek on that one. Oh well, it grinds very well.
post #115 of 228
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Originally Posted by audiophilia View Post
Here's the BMW of cap machines. The BMW designed, Starbucks Sirena. Works superbly. Love mine.
No. If it's made by starbucks it's likely the Pontiac of espresso machines.
post #116 of 228
I have a machine that is both beautiful and makes stunning espresso.

If I get around to it, I'll take and post a pic. It's a dual boiler Alex Duetto II.
post #117 of 228
By the way pods and the like are a complete bastardization of the art of espresso and the art of fresh coffee both ... they drive me nuts ... and yes I home roast (Malabar Gold).
post #118 of 228
A bastardization that allows me to enjoy half-decent espressos midday in my office with minimal cleanup, all without having to roast, grind, tamp, pull, or otherwise futz with things I don't want to or can't bother with. Hardcore internet coffee advice is not for everyone.
post #119 of 228
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post
until this thread (and another from a link posted below for similar threads), I never knew coffee people could be more snobby than wine people.
How else would you acquire that satisfying sense of superior taste?
post #120 of 228
I own a Rocket Giotto. It is one of the main fetish objects in my extremely minimal appartment.
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