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    Hello all,

    New to the forum and wanted to say hi, not sure if this is the right forum to introduce myself...apologies to the moderators. I find these forums very informative but quite confusing with all the information that is here. I've been living abroad for more than 20 years and pretty much used to drink green tea everyday and a couple of cups of coffee from a local cafe. Now I'm back in Oz, SE Qeensland and am a full-time carer I don't get the chance to go out much and am limited to visiting local cafes. As I've turned to drinking coffee more nowadays I'm in search of a coffee maker. I'm completely new to brewing coffee at home but I have a lot of time to learn. I'm looking for a coffee maker to purchase and I have a budget of up to $600.00 or thereabouts. Would like to know which machine would serve my needs. Any recommendation is greatly appreciated. Cheers!
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    Welcome Jiyjin.

    Most of this you can get from trawling the forums but here's a summary;

    You absolutely should include a grinder in your purchase.

    as your budget is limited you will be looking at 2nd had rancilio syvlia + rocky grinders ( or similar eg Lelit combi ) OR something like a Sunbeam/Breville machine combo grinder

    You can get good results from the Sunbeam/Breville product. However being complex appliances they do give trouble over time and ultimately become un-repairable and on the footpath.

    If you plan to go further with the journey, go with a Sylvia etc. Or if you are satisfied with the occasional good coffee go with the Sunbeam/Breville option.

    FWIW I dare say 95% of the senior member on this forum have a Breville food processor and Sunbeam toaster but no coffee machines.

    Keep us posted....








    Quote Originally Posted by Jiyujin View Post
    Hello all,

    New to the forum and wanted to say hi, not sure if this is the right forum to introduce myself...apologies to the moderators. I find these forums very informative but quite confusing with all the information that is here. I've been living abroad for more than 20 years and pretty much used to drink green tea everyday and a couple of cups of coffee from a local cafe. Now I'm back in Oz, SE Qeensland and am a full-time carer I don't get the chance to go out much and am limited to visiting local cafes. As I've turned to drinking coffee more nowadays I'm in search of a coffee maker. I'm completely new to brewing coffee at home but I have a lot of time to learn. I'm looking for a coffee maker to purchase and I have a budget of up to $600.00 or thereabouts. Would like to know which machine would serve my needs. Any recommendation is greatly appreciated. Cheers!
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    Hey there brettready,

    I've been looking at the Rancilio Silvia and Rocky grinder but nothing in very good condition has come up, so am looking at a Jura Impressa 9.2 and J5 as well with positive and negative reviews though. Will keep researching on others as well.
    Thanks again!


    Quote Originally Posted by brettreaby View Post
    Welcome Jiyjin.

    Most of this you can get from trawling the forums but here's a summary;

    You absolutely should include a grinder in your purchase.

    as your budget is limited you will be looking at 2nd had rancilio syvlia + rocky grinders ( or similar eg Lelit combi ) OR something like a Sunbeam/Breville machine combo grinder

    You can get good results from the Sunbeam/Breville product. However being complex appliances they do give trouble over time and ultimately become un-repairable and on the footpath.

    If you plan to go further with the journey, go with a Sylvia etc. Or if you are satisfied with the occasional good coffee go with the Sunbeam/Breville option.

    FWIW I dare say 95% of the senior member on this forum have a Breville food processor and Sunbeam toaster but no coffee machines.

    Keep us posted....

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    Hi J.
    For under $600 I would be looking at a Hario Pourover Kit and Porlex hand grinder. Total budget of $100 will save you $500 and get you into high end coffee manual brewing. I don't sell these but many sponsors do.
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    Yep...

    Or perhaps an AeroPress (for sale in BeanBay) partnered with a decent small grinder like one of the Lelit models, or even a Rocky in good nick - Often come up for sale here in the 4-Sale section above....

    Both of these options would allow you to make excellent coffee using freshly roasted high quality beans, ground immediately before brewing, and give you change back from the $600 budget...

    Mal.

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    Hi Dimal,

    I decided to purchase the AeroPress with the Porlex hand grinder as K_Bean_Coffee had mentioned in his or her post from the Beanbay for now. But, will continue to look for a Rancilio kit. Thanks again for your advice!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Yep...

    Or perhaps an AeroPress (for sale in BeanBay) partnered with a decent small grinder like one of the Lelit models, or even a Rocky in good nick - Often come up for sale here in the 4-Sale section above....

    Both of these options would allow you to make excellent coffee using freshly roasted high quality beans, ground immediately before brewing, and give you change back from the $600 budget...

    Mal.
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    Enjoy your coffee journey mate...

    Just keeps getting better as time (and distance) goes on.

    Mal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiyujin View Post
    I decided to purchase the AeroPress with the Porlex hand grinder as K_Bean_Coffee had mentioned in his or her post from the Beanbay for now.
    Congrats on taking the plunge. Great beginners gear to get great coffee for low $. I have setup many friends with manual starter kid like this.
    Enjoy, Paul

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    Thank you very much Paul. I'm looking forward to it!


    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    Congrats on taking the plunge. Great beginners gear to get great coffee for low $. I have setup many friends with manual starter kid like this.
    Enjoy, Paul

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    Package arrived this morning, many thanks for the fast delivery!
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    It seems this is the "first post" thread, so hello from Townsville to everyone.
    I started my coffee making just over a year ago with an AeroPress and a Porlex hand grinder + a couple of not-so-great milk frothers (K Mart and Breville).
    A few weeks ago I inherited my dad's Breville Smart Grinder and BES820 espresso machine, and started making espressos with much better milk. I fixed a leak on the BES820 and shortly afterwards, it went 'pop!'... As of yesterday, I now have the Sunbeam EM7000 - thanks partly to reading many pages of this site and reviews elsewhere as well.
    So far so good, but plenty of practice and learning to go, I'm sure
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    Quote Originally Posted by lindsayward View Post
    It seems this is the "first post" thread, so hello from Townsville to everyone.
    I started my coffee making just over a year ago with an AeroPress and a Porlex hand grinder + a couple of not-so-great milk frothers (K Mart and Breville).
    A few weeks ago I inherited my dad's Breville Smart Grinder and BES820 espresso machine, and started making espressos with much better milk. I fixed a leak on the BES820 and shortly afterwards, it went 'pop!'... As of yesterday, I now have the Sunbeam EM7000 - thanks partly to reading many pages of this site and reviews elsewhere as well.
    So far so good, but plenty of practice and learning to go, I'm sure
    Welcome lindsayward from another newbie.

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    Welcome lindsayward from an oldie Enjoy the forum.

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    Hi all,

    Stumbled across this forum whilst researching for a budget home setup.

    I am very new to the home barista experience, having a pod machine for the last 4 years. A friend runs a mobile coffee business and makes incredible espresso so it has been through many a tastings from his Silvia at home that my interest has peaked!

    Ended up settling on a Gaggia Classic for my entry into this (seemingly more complex than I thought) world, would love a Rocky or M2M but can't get the coins together just yet so am tossing up on getting a BCG820 or just having my local roaster grind me some beans once a week until I can afford the better grinder.

    Anyway, must say this forum is a wealth of knowledge and made selecting equipment fairly easy so - thank you to this excellent community!
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    Hello !!

    Hey all, this is Michel from Malaysia. I'm new here. Great to see you all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by solace View Post
    Hi all,

    Stumbled across this forum whilst researching for a budget home setup.

    I am very new to the home barista experience, having a pod machine for the last 4 years. A friend runs a mobile coffee business and makes incredible espresso so it has been through many a tastings from his Silvia at home that my interest has peaked!

    Ended up settling on a Gaggia Classic for my entry into this (seemingly more complex than I thought) world, would love a Rocky or M2M but can't get the coins together just yet so am tossing up on getting a BCG820 or just having my local roaster grind me some beans once a week until I can afford the better grinder.

    Anyway, must say this forum is a wealth of knowledge and made selecting equipment fairly easy so - thank you to this excellent community!
    Welcome! The Breville is a much better choice than going for pre ground... The preground will be stale by the time you get it home... The Breville will go with your Gaggia classic nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by solace View Post
    ....tossing up on getting a BCG820 or just having my local roaster grind me some beans once a week until I can afford the better grinder.
    You really need a grinder. Any basic grinder, new or used is better than pre-ground. Enjoy
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    Welcome Michel...

    Great to have you with us...
    Don't be shy with posting, we all like to hear about everyone's coffee experiences...

    Mal.

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    +1 for what Mal said above. Don't be shy about posting lurkers. There's a great community here, happy to help. Get involved

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    Hi from southern Illinois USA! I'm newly registered here though I've lurked off and on for years. I'm retired and golf and coffee are my main hobbies these days. For golf I play a version called 'slap a ball'! Other than being played on a golf course, the game doesn't look like anything you've seen on TV!

    For coffee I've got all sorts of toys to play with. A few roasters with the Hottop B2k+ being the latest. Really like it as I learn a bit more about roasting. Previous models are a Gene Cafe, Behmor, and of course, my first one, the FreshRoast 8. While I do own a very nice HX in the Izzo Alex, she is about 10 years old and is down for a rebuild as some parts have decided they don't want to work anymore. I later added a Breville Infuser as a road trip machine and a 920XL. Both great machines in their own way.

    But my go to espresso machine is my new Breville Oracle! Really like the simplicity, design and overall cleanliness of operation. The start with the Oracle didn't go so good though. First one wouldn't initialize, Breville said drain boilers, unplug for 60 minutes and all would be fine. Did that, but it wasn't fine! Still wouldn't initialize, so they replaced it. 2nd unit did the same thing and they were going to replace it too. But the next day after the 2nd trade was put in place, I remembered that I had to twiddle a bit with the 920XL too. Air lock in the boiler was the issue IMO. So I opened up the boiler drains on the Oracle, powered it up and waited for a little water to drain out. Once that started, I closed the drain cocks and things went smoothly. Now I'm one happy camper!

    I've got a collection of grinders from over the years. Super Jolly, Ascaso i2, Baratza Vario and Breville Smart Grinder Pro. Since I've gotten the Oracle all of those are just sitting there.

    I'm pleased to be here especially since you have a really good thread on the various Breville products!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lparsons21 View Post
    Hi from southern Illinois USA! I'm newly registered here though I've lurked off and on for years...............
    Welcome lparsons from another newbie.

    I see it's getting fairly cool/cold in southern Illinois now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LFM60 View Post
    Welcome lparsons from another newbie.

    I see it's getting fairly cool/cold in southern Illinois now.
    Yes, it is cooling off a bit though not too bad. This morning it was about 28 but that's the first cold morning in a while. We've been hitting nearly 70 most afternoons up until now. The forecast is for lows in the 30s to highs in the 50s. All fahrenheit of course.
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    Hi guys,

    Quick intro from me:
    (After lurking for about 6+ years - Yes, you read that right!)

    Hey guys!!!
    So I've been in the coffee industry for more than 6 years now.
    In a past life I owned a cafe which became a consecutive 'Cup Award' winner in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Café Guide; amongst many other achievements.

    Afterwards, I became a mercenary offering my skills and years of experience to help fellow business owners achieve their goals.

    Now I'm a full-time coffee geek specialising in prosumer and semi-commercial gear, and my passion is to help people become successful home baristas.

    With plenty of time on my hands now - finally - I'm in a position to contribute to this community; to share knowledge and learn from a collective that's as passionate as I am

    Cheers,



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    Hi Guys,

    I've been lurking around since 2012 but finally decided to make my first post

    In my younger days I worked in hospitality and since then I have had to inject daily doses of caffeine to continue with daily functions.
    Nothing beats a good coffee to start the day! Maybe one more to cap it off at night?

    My coffee journey was accompanied by:
    - 800ES with a blade grinder (ew!), which broke and so I purchased a sunbeam EM0450
    - Nespresso machine my sister purchased for a coffee on the go
    - Breville dual boiler with smart grinder
    - Expobar Minore III with Compak K3 Touch, recently ugpraded to a M4D from a fellow snob

    Hoping to convince the boss (wife) to allocate funds towards a roaster so I can start experimenting at home (Christmas present for myself perhaps?).
    Looking forward to speaking with you guys.

    Kevin

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    Great to hear from you Kev'...

    Let us know when you get your roaster and what type.
    Plenty of us love helping out...

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    Thanks for sharing your path Kevin. Roasting really takes the hobby to the next level so go for it. Cheers. Paul

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    hey guys. i've been doing the specialty coffee thing for a few months now. i mostly do pourover with a v60-01, or short blacks with an aeropress. i have two grinders - macap m2m for espresso grind, and lido 3 for anything coarser. this forum's been really helpful in making my decisions, so i thought i'd join up and contribute. cheers!
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    Hi folks, have just spotted this thread - new here, but have been helped already with new grinder advice and handling the new machine generally. Great forum!

    Hoping to get trading access soon to sell the Little Guy with induction top - how do I get that? Need to see to justify the new machine I have!

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    Welcome gde...

    Have a read through this mate... Site sales and posting policy (the rules)
    Located right at the top of the 4-Sale section...

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    Just want to say Hi

    Hi All,

    Has been lurking around on the forum for a while.

    Recently I got my hands on a second hand Isomac Millenium and an Anfirm KS grinder.

    Very itchy hand but still haven't got a chance to start them yet although I have been (trying to) reading and watching about how to make an espresso shot

    Never had really pull a shot myself so really looking forward to the experience and a steep learning curve.

    Cheers
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