I, as a long time coffee snob but newbie relating to machines want something really decent quality that will be long lasting (I will take care of it to best of my abilities) and produce cafe style coffee once I master the art. Question is, do I go for a Gaggia New Baby Dose (2007), Krups XP52 or Rancilio Silvia (V4)??
Can anyone please highlight differences for me regarding quality and ease of use? I really like the fact the new baby and XP52 allow for programmable memorisation of water required as I know this will be a help to me, but the XP52 is made in China (although it does heat up fast with a thermoblock). I am also tending away from Rancilio as I can get the New Baby and XP52 for $100 second hand and can't really afford the Silvia new.
Interested in any opinions, advice and experiences please.