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Espresso Maker

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by jkipness, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. pscolari

    pscolari Well-Known Member

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    My choice would be a Miss Silvia by Rancilio. I think this would fall into the MB category. Once my wife and I buy our house, this will be mine. Until then, I continue to use my moka.
     
  2. grimslade

    grimslade Well-Known Member

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    Go south a couple of hours.

    OK, I have to admit, I've never actually been south of Rome.

    [​IMG]

    But still, St. Eustachio rocks.
     
  3. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    OK, I have to admit, I've never actually been south of Rome.

    [​IMG]

    But still, St. Eustachio rocks.

    I would like to believe you about St. Eustachio, but have never tried it. Maybe your source would like to send some to San Francisco.
     
  4. grimslade

    grimslade Well-Known Member

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    I would like to believe you about St. Eustachio, but have never tried it. Maybe your source would like to send some to San Francisco.

    I would ask her, but she's just moved back stateside. Her most recent delivery was her last. It's right around the corner from the pantheon. It can be bought at times in NY, but I shudder to think of the age of the beans sitting around small shops on Mott St. Come over some morning this week and I'll make you one with my espresso maker. [​IMG]
     
  5. Tarmac

    Tarmac Well-Known Member

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    I have a Bialetti Moka at home, it makes some good coffee. It even makes a little crema. Unfortunately, the way it is designed, the crema is skimmed off the top by the lid before it can enter your cup [​IMG]

    At work we have a Jura Capresso, fully automatic and pretty low maintenance. These machines are about $1k. It makes very good espresso as far as I can tell. I am not an expert though. I think it would be pretty wasteful unless you did at least 5 shots a day. I dunno what kind of normal American family would do that many.

    I've tried a Nespresso at Sur La Table, seemed fine as well. I really enjoy finding new coffees though, even if Nespresso was excellent I would miss using new beans I had found. This is Nespresso's main drawback, for me.
     
  6. romafan

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    OK, I have to admit, I've never actually been south of Rome.

    [​IMG]

    But still, St. Eustachio rocks.


    I would like to believe you about St. Eustachio, but have never tried it. Maybe your source would like to send some to San Francisco.

    I think a lot of it has to do with 'being there'. Compared to what passes for espresso here, it's hard to get a shitty caffe in Italy. Heck, I think the Autogrill coffee is pretty darn tasty. St. Eustachio is quite good, but I wonder if there's any truth to the 'secret ingredient' theory and Wizard of Oz-like privacy sreen next to the machine. [​IMG] It's nice that more places here are making better coffee, but I can't abide the slacker-know-it-all attitude and high prices that accompany it. $3 for a tiny shot of espresso along w/ a lecture from some dude resentful of yuppies in 'his' 'hood? No thnks....
     
  7. JP Tod

    JP Tod Active Member

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    Actually just returned from 3 weeks in Italy and have already blown through the 1-kilo bags I brought back from Sant' Eustachio and Tazza d'Oro (the competition located across the Pantheon). Personally, I prefer Tazza d'Oro. Wish I knew someone that would be willing to bring some back from me.

    At home, I use a Pasquini Livia espresso machine and a Rancilio Rocky grinder. I experiment with a lot of different kinds of beans. Excluding the two above, my current default is Danesi.

    I second the recommendation for the coffee geek site.
     
  8. bmulford

    bmulford Well-Known Member

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    I've used a Nespresso D350 for the last seven years or so. Its been a terrific little machine that produces consistently good espresso, so long as you get the "10" rated pods.

    I find it convienient and easy to maintain - in addition to price effective. $.19 for a shot plus the little milk heater/frother and I'm happy.

    Having said that, its not going to be artisan quality but beats your average espresso at starbucks or peets.
     
  9. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

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    We use a Saeco Royal Super Automatic Professional (silly name, I know), and it is great for casual use at home. Ugly and loud. You can even get these from Tarjay.

    A friend of mine had a Synesso 2 group Cyncra put in last year...man, it rocks.


    - B
     
  10. dopey

    dopey Well-Known Member

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    I've used a Nespresso D350 for the last seven years or so. Its been a terrific little machine that produces consistently good espresso, so long as you get the "10" rated pods.

    I find it convienient and easy to maintain - in addition to price effective. $.19 for a shot plus the little milk heater/frother and I'm happy.

    Having said that, its not going to be artisan quality but beats your average espresso at starbucks or peets.


    Is that the standard pricing? I tried Nespresso at their Madison Avenue shop and thought it was pretty good, but since you have only one source for the coffee, I was curious about the pricing.
     
  11. RJmanbearpig

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    My Gaggia Classic is on the fritzl. [​IMG]
     
  12. bmulford

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    Is that the standard pricing? I tried Nespresso at their Madison Avenue shop and thought it was pretty good, but since you have only one source for the coffee, I was curious about the pricing.

    it ranges depending on what type of pods you buy - but between $.17 and $.25 is normal.
     
  13. Johnny_5

    Johnny_5 Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]

    Pulls a great shot.
     
  14. rjmaiorano

    rjmaiorano Well-Known Member

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    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:
    [​IMG]
     
  15. Caffe Napolitano

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    Matt is right (again). Try Bar Mexico in Napoli, and there are many others as well. Saint Eustachio is unique but IMO not the best in Rome. Try Cafffe(3f's) Camerino and Gran Caffe La Caffettiera.
     
  16. grimslade

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    That thing is cool.


    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:
    [​IMG]
     
  17. chas

    chas Well-Known Member

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    I have a Saeco Classico. It is great. I have had it for 3 years and initially wanted to buy a Rancho Silvia. I bought through 1st-line.com all they do is coffe. It turns out the Silvia is great but only if you will be grinding your own beans all of the time. Those guys saved me $200 with that bit of advice. If you are really looking to buy I would check 1st line and give them a call. It is important to be honest with yourself about how you will use the machine (how often, self grind, pods, semi-auto, full-auto, etc). The right machine for you depends more on how you will use it than anything else.
     
  18. hadamulletonce

    hadamulletonce Well-Known Member

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    I have a Krups Orchestro Fully Automated. I bought it over 5 years ago and haven't had a single problem. Easy to take apart and clean. I paid over 1k for it new, but you can find this model or a similar newer model for under $500 on closeout. Well worth the money.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. philosophe

    philosophe Well-Known Member

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    Check out www.gustiamo.com for coffee from Sant Eustachio as well as other treats from Italy. New Yorkers, I believe Gustiamo has periodic warehouse sales.
     
  20. Grayland

    Grayland Well-Known Member

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    I have a Saeco Classico. It is great. I have had it for 3 years and initially wanted to buy a Rancho Silvia. I bought through 1st-line.com all they do is coffe. It turns out the Silvia is great but only if you will be grinding your own beans all of the time. Those guys saved me $200 with that bit of advice. If you are really looking to buy I would check 1st line and give them a call. It is important to be honest with yourself about how you will use the machine (how often, self grind, pods, semi-auto, full-auto, etc). The right machine for you depends more on how you will use it than anything else.

    I really appreciate the advice. I was seriously eyeing the Rancho Silvia, but didn't really plan on grinding for myself all the time. I'll check out the website you mention and the Saeco Classico.
     

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