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Old 08-22-2014, 07:01 AM   #21
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Wife picked up a Delonghi Perfecta 5400 at Williams-Sonoma during their summer sale four years ago for $300, a 70% discount. Still use it daily, makes great drinks.

Some drawbacks:
You need to maintain it, unlike a moka pot
It takes counter space, quite a bit of it
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:10 AM   #22
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DH uses a Nespresso machine almost everyday. He really likes the machine and the espresso, plus if I squint real hard he looks a little like this man, whose ad in Switzerland made me buy it:
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This is the one I was looking at. Not one of the capsule machines like the Nespresso.

Amazon.com: Breville BES840XL the Infuser Espresso Machine: Semi Automatic Pump Espresso Machines: Kitchen & Dining
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Nice machine, soupcxan. Go for it. DH wanted simple and less expensive so the Nespresso is perfect for him.
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Our DD spent just over 3K for a built-in machine with their new home. They called it their splurge. We gulped, but had to admit it made great coffee, lattes, etc. They love it and use it several times daily. That said, they are great savers, and well on their way to ER, so I was almost glad to see them spend some money for a change!
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My lovely espresso machine was a splurge, but one of the best ones I have ever made. Great coffee, I often consume a cup in place of a dessert. (Caffeine is much less harmful to me than sugar.)

After I retired, I realized that using my new found time to eat good food and drink was not only good for me in terms of health, but also in terms of my enjoyment of life. Like others above, I find that most gadgets are a waste of time - good basic tools are the most useful. But, the espresso machine is an exception to the rule.

There is a social aspect to the local coffee joint, and I do enjoy wandering down there for a cappuccino (they do it so much better than I do) and to see who is around for a chat.
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DH uses a Nespresso machine almost everyday. He really likes the machine and the espresso, plus if I squint real hard he looks a little like this man, whose ad in Switzerland made me buy it:

And they say we men are shallow and overly influenced by how a woman looks.
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On my second cheaper Delonghi expresso machine, does ESE pods or regular ground coffee, can't remember but it was $100-$120, have a Braun burr grinder, mostly Peets beans,make coffee a few times a day, wake up DW with a cup in the morning, gets her in a good mood. Absolutely do not save money but have a lot of really great coffee.
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Since many of us enjoy someone else making our treats and live within a 10 minute walk to several excellent coffee houses, it doesn't seem necessary to make any capital investment at all.

In an average week I will go to Starbucks once or twice with my GF down in her beach community, go to 2 coffee houses downtown,
and maybe two more in my home neighborhood.
Love a good Americano, but it's a treat that I'd rather go get as an "outing."
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I bought a stainless steel espresso machine for about 400 at a starbucks in circa 1999. It was really a rebranded saeco. I've moved multiple times, lugged it to various offices as i changed jobs, and it still sits on my desk with use daily. Not a problem in 15 years. Worth every penny to me.




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We had a commercial grade one (not automatic) plumbed in at the wet bar in our house in Austin from about 1995 to 2005. I enjoyed it very much and DH became quite the barista.

Then we sold our house and moved into a motorhome. No room for the espresso machine, so we sold the setup. I had to switch to drip coffee. After a year or two DH insisted on getting a top end small ceramic burr grinder (Vario by Baratza) which we had in the motorhome. The grind is huge part of a quality coffee experience.

When we moved into a new house, it was small, so we still didn't have room for an high-end espresso machine. Not willing to give up the counter space. So we have stuck with our motorhome setup.

The coffee is very good though, and we have a little milk frother (import) that adds just the right touch of foam. We don't even bother to heat the milk. Works great.

I'm happy to enjoy my good coffee at home, unless I'm in Europe where almost everyone makes great coffee. Vienna - here we come!

P.S. I hate the coffee prepared at Starbucks. I don't think their folks in Texas or the Southeast ever learned how to do things right. I do buy beans occasionally. Their Sumatra beans are excellent - both caf and decaf. French roast beans will do if we run out of what we order from Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters in Lolo Montana.
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I bought a Delonghi Magnifica automatic espresso maker a couple of years ago - one of my best purchases ever. I mainly use it to make Americanos on weekend mornings, and I can't tell you how much I look forward to those coffees. It definitely takes it up a level from the drip coffee experience.
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DH uses a Nespresso machine almost everyday. He really likes the machine and the espresso, plus if I squint real hard he looks a little like this man, whose ad in Switzerland made me buy it:
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And they say we men are shallow and overly influenced by how a woman looks.
Some of the ads star Penelope Cruz. I didn't buy mine because of either of the two, but Penelope's accent reminds me of DW.

When we lived in NY there was a nice coffeehouse nearby where I bought fresh coffee beans and would enjoy an afternoon espresso. Where we live now there are only a couple of Starbucks but they seem mostly venues for job interviews, real estate encounters and first dates. Not a place to sit and watch the world walk by.

I bought a Nespresso, it paid for itself in less than a year and gets a real workout. We added a milk frother, I don't use it but DW does and so do my daughters when visiting.
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We were given a pretty nice espresso machine by a friend who got one as a gift from another friend. The other friend got it as a gift also. We used it a few times and gave it to a friend as a gift (they wanted to try one). I suppose it will make its way back around to us someday.
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Have a small moka pot, espresso machine, drip machine, old style corning ware percolator, samovar, and have made "cowboy coffee" with just a sauce pan. All were purchased at resale shops, yard sales, or given to us. They all work and make good, slightly different coffees. You've got time, its not an emergency, and you can always use just a pan to make coffee so shop around and find a used one. I'd never pay even $100 for a coffee machine unless I won the lottery. And yes, I need to downsize at some point!
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Graduated from a plain Mocha Pot to a mid range Saeco that DW and I both love. If you are a coffee lover like we are then this is a great investment. Much cheaper to operate that the k-cups as there are only beans to add. The machine does take some maintenance (but I kind of enjoy tinkering with it). We have decided that if this Saeco ever dies - we will be getting another one quickly.
Makes a smooth cup of coffee
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I have a Saeco (Aroma) that I use every day. I've had one for about 15 years. If you drink expresso every day or even only on weekends then highly recommend it.
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It really depends on you.

I bought a Rocket Cellini Evoluzione espresso machine and Mazzer Mini grinder a few years ago. These were quite a splurge for me but I use them every single morning. Within 15 minutes, I can enjoy far better espresso drinks than can be had almost anywhere. I don't drink as much coffee as I used to but I almost never have coffee out of the house now since it pales in comparison with what I can make at home!
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I was hesitant to spend $500 on a new machine but I just got the model I wanted from Woot for $225 (refurbished) so figured it was worth a chance. If we don't use it I'll just craigslist it.

Out of stock now, but this is what I bought. So far, seems nice. There is some fine-tuning required to get a good espresso. It's not as simple as making drip coffee.

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Are their big differences in the brands? I saw a Mr. Coffee espresso machine at thrift shop but I didn't buy it since I have never tried espresso. As long as I have a garage I have room for new to me kitchen gadgets to try out.
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