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Espresso Maker

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

  1. jkipness

    jkipness New Member

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    What is the Honda, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley of Espresso makers?
     
  2. The Wayfarer

    The Wayfarer Senior member

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    I'd settle for the Scion.
     
  3. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    I have the fixed wheel bike level "machine": a Bialetti Moka.
     
  4. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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.
     
  5. pauliodotnet

    pauliodotnet Senior member

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    i love my oscar nuova simonelli
     
  6. Grayland

    Grayland Senior member

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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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    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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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: [​IMG]
     
  8. Johnathan

    Johnathan Senior member

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    I use a Gaggia Carezza. I guess that's more like the Scion.
     
  9. robbie

    robbie Senior member

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    I have one of these:
    [​IMG]

    it is much better than my other espresso maker:

    [​IMG]
     
  10. chobochobo

    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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    I like the Moka Express too.
     
  11. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

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    Mokas make good coffee, but they don't make espresso.

    Pavonis are the Bentleys of espresso.

    Check out coffeegeek.com, the SF of espresso.
     
  12. chobochobo

    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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    I have a Nespresso as well [​IMG] 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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    grimslade Senior member

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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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    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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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.
     
  15. grimslade

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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.

    Best coffee in the world. A source of mine just dropped off a 1-kilo bag of the beans. [​IMG]
     
  16. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Best coffee in the world. A source of mine just dropped off a 1-kilo bag of the beans. [​IMG]
    Go south a couple of hours.
     
  17. kdaust

    kdaust Well-Known Member

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    No way. Everyone is off base.

    Check out custom designed machines by Kees van der Westen.


    Speedster

    He's just designed a 1 group 'speedster' for home use.

    I can't imagine what sort of money I would need to spend on a grinder to justify having his machine though. It'll be the sexiest thing in your house!
     
  18. chobochobo

    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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

    Yes, I bought some of their coffee to bring back too [​IMG]
     
  19. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I want the most chrome-laden Deco-like espresso maker out there simply because I don't drink coffee and want a shiny object.
     
  20. Johnathan

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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.
    +1

    I own one, but it's such a bitch to clean at times that I have to really be in the mood to use it to actually do so. I can just disassemble my French press in the dishwasher, but you can't do that with the aluminum Mokas.
     

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