Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-16-2014, 07:55 AM   #41
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 13,278
Missed the thread when it came out...

DW LOVES her machine... she uses it a lot and has for many years.... does not do the milk thing.... just likes very strong coffee...

We are already on our second one... first was a woot but eventually stopped pumping the water.... now on the second which I had to buy new as she would not wait for woot to bring another one out....

I do not drink coffee, so don't care...
__________________

__________________
Texas Proud is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-16-2014, 10:48 AM   #42
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
haha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Hooverville
Posts: 22,386
Quote:
Originally Posted by daylatedollarshort View Post
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.
If you are not an espresso fan, how would it make sense to spend even $10 on an espresso machine?

Ha
__________________

__________________
"As a general rule, the more dangerous or inappropriate a conversation, the more interesting it is."-Scott Adams
haha is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 10:58 AM   #43
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 5,326
Quote:
Originally Posted by haha View Post
If you are not an espresso fan, how would it make sense to spend even $10 on an espresso machine?

Ha

Just to try it. Maybe I would like it. People spend $10 to see movies and movies do not have any resale value. I like kitchen gadgets. What would it cost to buy an espresso from Starbucks to try it? $6? Why not just buy the whole machine for the same price.
__________________
daylatedollarshort is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 11:45 AM   #44
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
haha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Hooverville
Posts: 22,386
Quote:
Originally Posted by daylatedollarshort View Post
Just to try it. Maybe I would like it. People spend $10 to see movies and movies do not have any resale value. I like kitchen gadgets. What would it cost to buy an espresso from Starbucks to try it? $6? Why not just buy the whole machine for the same price.
Given that pov, I guess you are correct. But one cannot really equate the shot made by an inexperienced person on a consumer machine with one made by an experienced barista on expensive equipment. It takes pink hair and many tattoos to create a good shot.

Ha
__________________
"As a general rule, the more dangerous or inappropriate a conversation, the more interesting it is."-Scott Adams
haha is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 02:25 PM   #45
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 5,326
Quote:
Originally Posted by haha View Post
Given that pov, I guess you are correct. But one cannot really equate the shot made by an inexperienced person on a consumer machine with one made by an experienced barista on expensive equipment. It takes pink hair and many tattoos to create a good shot.

Ha
That may be true for many people but since I have plebian tastes and buy my wine from Grocery Outlet, I suspect I could not tell the difference between homemade and barista espresso either.
__________________
daylatedollarshort is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 02:39 PM   #46
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
HFWR's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Lawn chair in Texas
Posts: 12,964
I had a cheapo home unit. Gave it to Goodwill...

I don't believe consumer-grade units get hot enough. Having said that, I'm perfectly happy with my $40 drip machine...
__________________
Have Funds, Will Retire

...not doing anything of true substance...
HFWR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 02:41 PM   #47
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
audreyh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Posts: 16,473
Quote:
Originally Posted by daylatedollarshort View Post
That may be true for many people but since I have plebian tastes and buy my wine from Grocery Outlet, I suspect I could not tell the difference between homemade and barista espresso either.
You need to buy a special grind espresso like Illy Cafe pre-ground in a can. Then there is a remote chance you might get something like espresso, but I still don't see the point.
__________________
Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
audreyh1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 03:35 PM   #48
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 555
I think the ambiance has a lot to do with your enjoyment as well--

Get up get dressed, drive thru traffic to the shop. Wait your turn at the counter, shell out the $$$. Try and find a place to sit and enjoy it before it gets cold.

As opposed to:

Load/plug in the machine. Make your own coffee. Lounge around in your threadbare bathrobe sipping coffee, reading the paper, and scratching where ever it itches...
__________________
ArkTinkerer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 03:50 PM   #49
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 92
I have debated this for years. I do love a well made espresso drink (quad Americano, short cup), and I bet I could put this into a spreadsheet and cost justify it pretty quickly. However, I do love the morning walk to one of the three local coffee shops, seeing the regular crew behind the counter, having them make my favorite coffee drink, and enjoying it either in the shop or on the walk home. I know they can make it just the way I like it, and I'm not sure I have the patience to do the same. Plus, there is a social aspic to it that I'd miss.

Most likely, I'd still do the walk a few times a week, and just drink more espresso while at home. Also, given my taste in kitchen gadgets, I probably wouldn't be able to settle for a reasonably priced one.
__________________
Unpaintedhuffhines is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 03:51 PM   #50
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1,104
Quote:
Originally Posted by ArkTinkerer View Post
I think the ambiance has a lot to do with your enjoyment as well--

Get up get dressed, drive thru traffic to the shop. Wait your turn at the counter, shell out the $$$. Try and find a place to sit and enjoy it before it gets cold.

As opposed to:

Load/plug in the machine. Make your own coffee. Lounge around in your threadbare bathrobe sipping coffee, reading the paper, and scratching where ever it itches...
Oh how true. I have to admit that the best part of the day is after I get the dogs fed and out is my pot of Starbucks Sumatra, freshly ground, with the ever shrinking local newspaper. Yes, I get news from the web but there's nothing like a paper, good coffee, and quiet on the deck. Well, I can hear the faint hum of all those poor bastards driving to work. I also have a Nespresso machine for the occasional expresso in late afternoon. Have contemplated the fancy real machines but just seems too inconvenient.
__________________
H2ODude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 04:23 PM   #51
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 5,326
Quote:
Originally Posted by audreyh1 View Post
You need to buy a special grind espresso like Illy Cafe pre-ground in a can. Then there is a remote chance you might get something like espresso, but I still don't see the point.
I have a grinder with an espresso setting.
__________________
daylatedollarshort is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 09:50 PM   #52
Moderator Emeritus
aja8888's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: The Woodlands, TX
Posts: 7,165
Quote:
Originally Posted by daylatedollarshort View Post
I have a grinder with an espresso setting.
That's one part of the equation. Got pink hair?; D
__________________
aja8888 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2014, 01:39 AM   #53
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 5,326
Quote:
Originally Posted by aja8888 View Post
That's one part of the equation. Got pink hair?; D
Only the left side. Does that still count?
__________________
daylatedollarshort is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2014, 12:10 PM   #54
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
kcowan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Pacific latitude 20/49
Posts: 5,720
Send a message via Skype™ to kcowan
We got one from our neighbour, tried it a few times and then gave it to our friend the winery manager.
__________________
For the fun of it...Keith
kcowan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2014, 04:11 PM   #55
Confused about dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Austin
Posts: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by daylatedollarshort View Post
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.
The Mr. Coffee device you saw was likely a steam-driven device that doesn't make what aficionados would call espresso. I like coffee in all forms but would suggest you (or the OP in this older thread) at least purchase an entry-level pump-driven espresso machine.

Regulars on coffeegeek.com are truly obsessed, and if you're the least bit frugal you'd deem them borderline insane. From what I've read there they would be hard-pressed to find a sub-$1000 espresso machine coupled with a sub-$500 grinder acceptable.

Besides enjoying standard drip coffee prepared at home, I really enjoy being able to make myself a doppio (double espresso, rougly 60ml or 2oz) every night after dinner in a very inexpensive DeLonghi non-automated pump-driven espresso maker. Here is the DeLonghi BAR32 on amazon.com. My review of that maker on coffeegeek.com is here. It will also froth your milk but, again, it's not an automated machine. To me that's a Good Thing - less complications to break down.

I should add that even the coffee snobs have a soft spot for the totally manual Aeropress coffee maker. It doesn't make espresso (some folks have dubbed the drink "aeropresso") but it blows away drip coffee and is arguably tastier than the fancy pour-over techniques that are all the rage with urban hipsters. You can find the AeroPress for less than $30 on Amazon.
__________________

__________________
zapped is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino dgoldenz Other topics 17 11-17-2009 09:15 PM
Can you collect unemployment benefit if you're fired? Sam Other topics 11 02-14-2007 09:15 AM
Wait to Age 70 to Collect SS? REWahoo FIRE and Money 77 11-27-2005 03:49 AM
Insurance Agent can't collect on her insurance wabmester Other topics 14 08-24-2005 09:25 PM
Collect at 62 or 65 Luke FIRE and Money 23 02-22-2005 10:31 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:03 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.