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    Noob Question about quality of a coffee machine brand...

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hey all,

    I'm a noob when it comes to coffee machines and grinders but I have an opportunity to buy an almost brand new one of these:

    Philips Saeco Syntia HD8838/08

    For around $300 from someone who bought it and never used it - they retail about $900 as far as I can tell. So, are they any good? Is the grinder in them any good? I don't really need a new coffee machine but I do need a new grinder and have a $300 budget for a grinder, so I wouldn't complain about getting a new coffee machine in at the same price if the grinder was any good.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks,

    Anthony

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    What are you using at the moment?

    It's an auto; do you want to spend time practising/learning/tweaking or do you prefer something that gives "good", easily?

    $300 can get you a very nice grinder 2nd-hand if you watch and wait.

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Hey thanks for that...

    I currently have a Breville 800ES which is a much cheaper machine (but does an ok job) but is not an auto - you steam your own milk etc, which I would not give up. I've never seen any cheaper auto machine do a good job with the milk...

    Thanks for the help.



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