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    Advice for a complete coffee noob.

    Hey guys,
    I want to buy my new partner a coffee machine for Christmas, but as I don't drink much coffee, I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for. She used to have some sort of manual machine (Delonghi) and would grind her own beans in a separate grinder, so looking for something similar for a budget under $500, incl grinder if possible.

    She is not a huge coffee drinker, maybe two cups a day, and we won't ever need to make more than 3 or 4 cups at any one time.

    Some of the Breville machines seem to get decent reviews, but might be stretching the budget a bit on some models. Worth it, or are there some other machines worth considering within my budget?

    Thanks.

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    Hi TCR

    For an espresso machine AND grinder for your budget you may be able to get a Breville "barista express" at the Breville factory outlet store (Sydney/Melbourne). You might just find a quality second hand machine on CS here but that would blow your entire budget which is not what you asked for.

    With your budget you could spend a reasonable amount on an electric grinder and get some of the cheaper manual brew methods like an aeropress or v60 pour over (pictured below).
    Or stretch the budget for the 3 in 1 brewer the Trinity One (pictured above). The Trinity One is designed in AU and is going to look great as your partner makes a tasty coffee brew.

    Aeropress V60


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    I'm about the same coffee level as your wife. I was an Aldi capsule girl. I bought a second hand Gazzia fully automatic. Grinds the beans etc It's 10 years old I paid $125. I knew I could get parts if it broke down. I love it!! I'm just starting to experiment with beans. Depends on your price range. I researched info on here about all kinds of machines, great place

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    It will be a struggle to find a reasonable quality espresso machine (even without a grinder) for under $500. The closest might be the Sunbeam EM7000/480 combo, which I think can sometimes be had for c-$700... Not going to last forever, but not a bad place to start your coffee journey...

    Personally I'd lean towards an Aeropress with a nice hand grinder or entry level electronic... then upgrade to a Trinity once you know that she likes that style of coffee. If not, she could use the grinder with any espresso machine down the track.
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    Advice for a complete coffee noob.

    $400 on a grinder and the balance on a French press or stovetop.
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    Thanks for the replies so far. I really have no idea about this stuff, so will look into the options suggested and report back

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    I wonder what he went with, I would have recommended my set up.
    EM480, EM6910, both used, both work fine, EM6910 has done over 10,000 shots.

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