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    Gaggia Titanium

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    Hi everyone,

    After some advice please as I upgrade from my very old Nespresso pod machine. I only have a small budget (currently on maternity leave) and have three very young children so I知 after a simple, reliable machine. I知 looking at second hand machines to try and get a better machine with my budget.

    i have seen a second hand Gaggia Titanium for sale and am seriously thinking about purchasing it. After feedback good/bad and any suggestions of other machines that might be suitable for me.

    I mainly want want to be able to quickly made a delicious coffee each morning before the school run and also make coffees when friends pop over. Thank you so much!

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    Buying a second hand coffee machine is risky unless backed up with a warranty, especially if you don't have the opportunity to try before you buy.
    We could probably help you out a bit more if you gave us an idea of your actual budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post
    We could probably help you out a bit more if you gave us an idea of your actual budget.
    And, whether you already own a grinder and if so, which brand and model?

    A decent quality grinder is essential no matter the method you use to brew your coffee...

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    First tip, don't buy a second hand automatic machine unless it has a comprehensive service history from a reputable service centre, has less than ~1000 cups on it or is under 1 year old.

    Avoid the Titanium or any other Philips/Saeco machine if you want anything that resembles a decent coffee. The Gaggia automatics are re-badged Philips/Saeco machines. The Titanium you are looking at is most likely 10 years old or older, they are a far outdated model.
    They are incapable of producing quality espresso due to their grinder calibration (grinds coarse as the brew unit can't handle fine coffee) and poor thermal stability, amongst other things.

    This is the reality for all automatic machines I'm afraid, however some brands do it better than others. Jura with their new Pulse Extraction Process have made a drastic improvement in the espresso quality from their older machines but you pay a hefty price. If budget is a concern, Jura is not for you.

    In my opinion, the best automatic machine when budget and performance is considered, is the DeLonghi Magnifica S. Can pick them up new for <$700.
    Minimal electronics, simple to operate, the grinder and brewing unit is capable of handling fine coffee and producing espresso that is drinkable.

    Bear in mind no automatic can replicate espresso that a fully manual setup can achieve. By using fresh beans and dialing in your grind and yield, it can be adequate.
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    Thank you. My budget is only tiny at this stage but I知 happy to keep saving. I could spend around $300-$500.

    I currently don稚 own a grinder, just a Nespresso pod machine.

    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post
    Buying a second hand coffee machine is risky unless backed up with a warranty, especially if you don't have the opportunity to try before you buy.
    We could probably help you out a bit more if you gave us an idea of your actual budget.

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    Thanks for your reply. Maybe I’m better to stick to a manual set up. I really don’t mind what I end up with as long as it’s easy to use and clean up and I can afford it.
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    Thanks Mal. I don’t own a grinder at the moment. What one would you suggest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coffee4me123 View Post
    Thanks Mal. I don’t own a grinder at the moment. What one would you suggest?
    Hello again...

    Sorry, my mistake. I didn't realise a "Titanium" was a Super Auto machine.

    Yes, far better off to stick with either Manual or Semi-Auto which the vast majority of CSers own and use.
    As mentioned above by "flynnaus", before we can make any worthwhile recommendations for you, we need to know what your budget limits are and perhaps where you are located (nearest Capital city) so that we can further recommend reputable specialist retailers close to you. There are CS Site Sponsors located in most states and it will always be they, to whom we would recommend you visit first.

    Mal.

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    Thanks very much for taking the time to reply. Looking to spend very little for now, hopefully no lore than$500. I’m in Shire (Sutherland Shire). ��

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    Given your requirement for quick, no fuss coffee, you might want to stick with your Nespresso and perhaps give it a good clean and service, or upgrade to a newer, better model. The kind of manual equipment that many of us use requires a bit more preparation and clean up in the quest for great coffee. It would also probably require at least twice your stated budget.

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    Well...

    Given your budget, I would put that towards a decent enough grinder first up.
    No need to spend a heap of money on one though, plenty of really high quality grinders, like this one, are listed in the CS 4-Sale section.

    After grabbing something like the one linked to, you could then opt for a fully manual espresso option such as a Flair Espresso System, a Rok System or one of many other systems that have the capability of producing excellent quality espresso. I use a Flair System for espresso at home myself.

    These links take you to one of our highly respected Site Sponsors and is worth looking around to get an idea of what is available within your budget...

    Mal.
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    Thanks Mal! Very much appreciate your advice. I will have a read of those links tonight. It’s so tricky to know what’s good and it’s great to have knowledgeable people to ask.
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    +1 for the Flair as a tremendous value for money option.
    If the budget is ultra tight and you don't mind doing a little work, a manual grinder(avoid cheap ceramic burrs like the plague for espresso!!!!)
    Might be something to consider, especially if its just for yourself
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