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    My Breville BarVista Bes200 has died - what would you recommend new or used <$200

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Surprisingly this cheap machine with daily use survived 6 years. Almost as ironic is that two years ago, nearly to the day, I posted on this forum looking for a used machine; this time however it is official – RIP. I am located in Adelaide and looked for a used Gaggia Classic or Silvia but without luck. If I was to spend $200 new or used what would you recommend? 😊

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    G'day mate...

    What sort of grinder do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    G'day mate...

    What sort of grinder do you have?

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    Hi Mal
    I have a Sunbeam EM0480.

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    That should be fine for most brewing methods...

    Have you given any thought about going with an AeroPress, rather than trying to eke the best you can from a cheap appliance machine?

    Easy to use and providing you only use freshly roasted, high quality beans, it can produce wonderful coffee. Something between an espresso and a good pour-over or drip filter brew in flavour...
    You'll then have plenty of change left over to grab heaps of wonderful freshly roasted coffee...

    Mal.

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    Thanks Mal, I think I'll pick one of those up for work!
    My fiancé is the coffee puller in the house. She loves the process this for home we would prefer a machine.

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    Hmmm....

    In that case mate, I don't think you're going to be able to get a decent enough machine with that budget. My personal opinion is that the AeroPress will produce better results than any sub $200 espresso machine....

    Just my opinion of course....

    Mal.
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    There is the fully manual/portable option of course, like the HandPresso for example. There are others around of course that use alternative means of creating the necessary 9.0Bar of pressure for a true espresso...

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    Last edited by Dimal; 15th October 2016 at 04:41 PM.



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