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Thread: Espresso only <$500 - recommendations?

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    Espresso only <$500 - recommendations?

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    Hi all, and thanks for letting me through the door

    For the last few years I've been travelling, relying an Aeropress for coffee. It's been great, but as I'm settling down now I would like to move back to espresso.

    In short, I'm looking for a new, semi-automatic that will make up to two espressos at once, a couple of times a day. Milk frothing is not needed at all. I also don't need a grinder.

    The catch? My budget is absolute max $500.

    I can see that you are all genuine coffee snobs and I'd love to get your thoughts on something that might tick my boxes.

    Cheers!
    Andrew.

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    All I can think to suggest is the Cafelat Robot... not a semiautomatic but would absolutely do the job you require.
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    Or a ROK or Flair
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    What grinder do you have?
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    Haven't bought one yet, but it will be a good burr grinder. It makes such a difference

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    The manual options are going to produce far better results for an espresso than any electric machine available new for sub $500. If it must be electric and new try to score a Breville Bambino or BES840 for under $500. Used machines will give you much better options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrews View Post
    Hi all, and thanks for letting me through the door

    For the last few years I've been travelling, relying an Aeropress for coffee. It's been great, but as I'm settling down now I would like to move back to espresso.

    In short, I'm looking for a new, semi-automatic that will make up to two espressos at once, a couple of times a day. Milk frothing is not needed at all. I also don't need a grinder.

    The catch? My budget is absolute max $500.

    I can see that you are all genuine coffee snobs and I'd love to get your thoughts on something that might tick my boxes.

    Cheers!
    Andrew.
    I have fitted out quite a few family members / friends for $400.

    Buy new: a SB EM480/500 grinder (not lower model). New about $150 on special / $200 otherwise. Alternative grinder is a Breville Smartgrinder for $200/$250. If you wish to expand your coffee wings into commercial stuff later, I suggest the SB as it is a manual unit. The Smartgrinder has a whole pile of "user friendly auto stuff" - easier for newbies who just want a good cuppa. Be warned, both of these grinders vary: the odd one of either is likely to be poor "out of the box. Most of them are pretty good when new.

    Buy secondhand: an EM6910 for about $200. Preferably from someone you know or a reputable repairer (on a cynical day - good luck with that...). The best ones are made between 2006 and 2010 as the newer ones are less industrial in build. Be prepared to give it an A to Z clean (esp important, remove the showerscreens and clean the whole area).

    There are a number of 6910 "care and feeding" threads on this site to guide you.

    Have fun


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    Don't need to froth?
    Maybe a single boiler would suffice. Should be a pid rancilio Silvia in for sale section
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    I purchased the Breville Bambino on sale $319 and a Comandante c40 mk3 grinder for $329 a few weeks ago and love how good it is. Very happy works great for me but I only make one espresso a day.
    Also already added a naked portafilter & non-pressurized basket making some great shots.



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