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    Hi all,

    Im pretty happy with my current set up (pavoni europiccola, rocky grinder) but am interested in getting a cheap (really cheap, if possible) backup espresso machine.

    The machine must be an espresso machine and not say a mokka pot, drioplator etc. Also it must not have a pressurised portafiler and / or filter baskets, and preferrably no pannarello for frothing milk. In other words, it must be a real espresso machine, not some krups, breville, de longhi, sunbeam thing

    So any suggestions?

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    Re: cheapest decent espresso machine

    Quote Originally Posted by chopinhauer link=1141187500/0#0 date=1141187500
    Hi all,

    Im pretty happy with my current set up (pavoni europiccola, rocky grinder) but am interested in getting a cheap (really cheap, if possible) backup espresso machine.

    The machine must be an espresso machine and not say a mokka pot, drioplator etc. Also it must not have a pressurised *portafiler and / or filter baskets, and preferrably no pannarello for frothing milk. In other words, it must be a real espresso machine, not some krups, breville, de longhi, sunbeam thing

    So any suggestions?
    You will generally find that really cheap is a case of caveat emptor- you will get pretty much what you pay for...bottom dollar, gaggia carezza....way cheap....and it looks pretty nasty too...or there is plan B- save some more bucks and buy a a good machine that does what you want- backup or not...Personally, Im way over really cheap and these days I want really good....

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    Re: cheapest decent espresso machine

    Vice Versa "Koala";

    Available from me;

    $399.00 plus freight;

    For the price, its a good little low end machine. Works well enough when used by a skillfull operator (same caveat as with all espresso machines), employs boiler (not thermoblock) technology, heavy large sized handle & filters, metal steam pipe.

    If this sounds as if it is in the right price bracket, please do not hesitate to give me a call.

    Regardz,
    FC.

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    Re: cheapest decent espresso machine

    ok ok, sorry Attillio- perhaps I was being a little harsh :-[. It is a good machine- and it has a boiler which is a plus. It can get frustrating when its all about price....always ::).

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    Re: cheapest decent espresso machine

    Quote Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman link=1141187500/0#3 date=1141210882
    ok ok, sorry Attillio- perhaps I was being a little harsh :-[. It is a good machine- and it has a boiler which is a plus. It can get frustrating when its all about price....always ::).
    Well,

    We are talking coffee-snobs here, after all? ;)

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    Re: cheapest decent espresso machine

    Im pretty happy with my current set up (pavoni europiccola, rocky grinder) but am interested in getting a cheap (really cheap, if possible) backup espresso machine.
    How cheap are you talking here?
    There is a Sunbeam Ristretto which is around the $100 mark, it has a boiler, but Im not sure about the PPF or frothing aid. But as 2MC said, you get what you pay for.
    All the best,
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    Re: cheapest decent espresso machine

    Quote Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman link=1141187500/0#1 date=1141192287
    You will generally find that really cheap is a case of caveat emptor- you will get pretty much what you pay for...bottom dollar, gaggia carezza....way cheap....and it looks pretty nasty too...or there is plan B- save some more bucks and buy a a good machine that does what you want- backup or not...Personally, Im way over really cheap and these days I want really good....
    Couldnt agree more.

    I suppose that the best cheap machines are the once-off second-hand bargains. My La Peppina only cost me something like $100 and it probably makes better espresso than my Silvia.

    It would probably help if you could tell us what you intend to use the machine to make.

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Re: cheapest decent espresso machine

    No need to apologise for anything Chris, we all usually talk high end....today we have been asked to talk about "low end" !!!!!

    And in comparison to other low end machines (or should I say, machines in similar price bracket), I think its "good to go"!

    Regardz,
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    Re: cheapest decent espresso machine

    Hey,I do have a cheap and reliable espresso machine with the
    options you have mentioned with also a purposely built tamper.It is though a Breville only 7 months old & uses thermoblock technology.
    I do want to sell it so I can purchase my self a silvia.For around
    $200 i think its a good buy.

    regards franco.

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    Re: cheapest decent espresso machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by chopinhauer link=1141187500/0#0 date=1141187500
    Im pretty happy with my current set up (pavoni europiccola, rocky grinder) but am interested in getting a cheap (really cheap, if possible) backup espresso machine.
    I love the Europiccola. The only one Ive used is a model from the 1970s, but boy does the crema flow. Its much more of a pleasure to use - as a tactile experience - than a semi-automatic.

    As for a decent but cheap backup espresso machine you should try the site sponsors of course. If you dont find what youre looking for there you could keep an eye out on evilbay for a Rancilio Audrey. They dont come up often but Ive seen them go for as little as $52 and as much as $202.

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