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    First buyers coffee machine

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Im not buying a coffee machine, but i was wondering what coffee machine you started on?

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    Re: First buyers coffeť machine

    Breville drip filter then Saeco Via Venezia after upgraditis to Silvia/Rocky!!

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    Re: First buyers coffeť machine

    <------ Vintage baby GAGGIA - Now: Minore II

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    Re: First buyers coffeť machine

    Braun machine of some description with a blade grinder.

    Then a Breville Bar Italia for 1 week (really not a good machine in 1999).
    Then a Delonghi Cafe Norma and KG100 grinder.
    Then a Silvia/Rocky.

    Now a Minore II/Macap M5.

    Worth noting that I enjoyed the coffee at all points. Its just gotten better as I progressed!

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    Sunbeam EM3500, teamed with preground brick coffee from the supermarket.

    I didnt know any better at the time ;)

    Now: Sunbeam EM6910 & EM0450

    Future: HX or dual-boiler, leaning toward Vibiemme at this stage.

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    Re: First buyers coffeť machine

    Hmmm,

    This is testing the "little grey cells" quite a bit ;).

    Like fatboy, I think my first real coffee hardware was Braun too, around 1976.... An electric version of a stove-top and a small flat-burr grinder (which I still have packed away somewhere). Kept using this little kit for quite a few years, interspersed with various Mocha Pots, Plungers what have you, along the way.

    My first real espresso machine was an Imat Mokita coupled with a Lux grinder at first and then a Rocky. Now have my Bezzera (still waiting to be put back together), and LSM grinder plus the usual assortment of Plungers, Mocha Pots and now a recently acquired AeroPress that makes a truly enjoyable brew. Once the Bezz is up and running I reckon thatll see me through to the end of my days, just have to get my new workshop fitted out and finished and then work on the Bezz ::).

    Lots to do..... :-?

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    Re: First buyers coffeť machine

    Started with Saeco Via Venezia for two years, then VBM Domobar Levetta for last 5 months.

    Trevorbeans

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    I think mine was a 70s vintage Mr. Coffee drip machine. Picked it up at a yard sale for 50c.

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    Expobar Leva and Macap M5.
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    Re: First buyers coffeť machine

    Back in the 1980s, I bought a Salton brand espresso machine.
    Couldnt get a decent coffee out of it and gave up trying. Didnt know anything about fresh beans, grind, etc. and was trying to use preground supermarket coffee.
    Have been using a french press for years, and grinding the preroasted beans with a Zassenhaus manual grinder. Firstly using supermarket preroasted beans, then in desperation, roasting my own green beans in a Crazy Popper. What a revelation. Really beautiful tasting coffee at last.
    After a while I had a hankering to try an espresso machine again but knew that I wanted a Proper One that was capable of producing great coffee, and money wasnt really an issue. About this time I discovered the CS forum and did a lot of research on machines and grinders there, as well as other places on the net. Many thanks to all my fellow CSers for their helpful posts.
    Settled on a Silvia and Rocky and I am very happy with my choices.
    So is the Kitchen Controller and all my friends as well.

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    1999 :Krups and blade grinder in
    2006: Gaggia Coffee Deluxe and preground coffee. This is about when I found out about CoffeeSnobs and it all ramped up from there. Bought a Sunbeam EM0480 grinder. Then upgraded the grinder to Iberital Challenge and moded the Gaggia to its limits.
    2008: VBM Domobar Levetta and Mazzer Mini. The espresso is better, and keeps me learning.

    Like fatboy said, Ive enjoyed the coffee at all stages. Its a fantastic and rewarding hobby/obsession.

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    Re: First buyers coffeť machine

    my first machine was a krups steam powered toy that was AWESOME (until i doscovered my krups thermoblock, which was AWESOME (until i found my gaggia carezza, which was AWESOME) until i found my faema family which IS AWESOME (until...)

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    Re: First buyers coffeť machine

    Quote Originally Posted by roknee link=1207088039/0#11 date=1207285112
    my first machine was a krups steam powered toy that was AWESOME (until i doscovered my krups thermoblock, which was AWESOME (until i found my gaggia carezza, which was AWESOME) until i found my faema family which IS AWESOME (until...)
    ...until you found your Expobar Minore II ;)

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    I started off with a Ronson steam toy using pre-ground brick coffee. I know what youre thinking, but its OK, I kept it in the fridge so it was nice a fresh ;D.
    Then I moved out of Sydney to the middle of nowhere, and decent shop bought coffee was hard to come by. So its a quick trip back to Sydney to see John Doyle and buy a Silvia/Rocky combo, then back to TMON to enjoy. The next problem after that was no where close by to purchase fresh beans, but thats another story.
    About a year later I moved to the south coast with Silvia/Rocky in tow, however I notice a distinct upturn in the number of guests that would drop by for a coffee and a chat. An executive decision is then made (with the SOs approval of course ;) ) more steaming power is required. A couple of phone calls to Chris (the evil tempter) and a ECM Giotto and Best are now gracing the bench top.
    During the journey there have been numerous stove tops and plungers as well just to spice things up a bit.

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    1967--freshly roasted Java beans and a manual pour Melitta filter basket.
    My first espresso(?) machine was a (who knows) brand that used the pressure from boiling water to force the water through the grounds and into a carafe. Very occasionally I got a good coffee out of it but could never figure out what Id done.
    First real espresso machine was a La San Marco, bought in about 1988.
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    Re: First buyers coffee machine

    My first was Mums Delonghi EC190, well, not really mine, but I was the only one who used it. I even watched, then lost, the instructional video.

    Then she got me a steam powered machine for my birthday / Christmas, I forget which celebration, which thankfully died a year or so later.

    I then bought a Breville Cafe Roma (the stainless version) after reading the Choice article. I was very happy with this paired with a Breville Roma coffee mill. Well, until I started not sleeping much and surviving solely on caffeine, and decided to get out. So, I sold the machine / grinder / 500g beans for $30 to my friend, whose girlfriend is still very happy with it.

    After drinking a lot of herbal tea, mostly peppermint, camomile and aniseed, I missed the taste of coffee, so I grabbed a plunger and used pre-ground happily for a while.

    Then a cheap Philips Senso came up at work, so I bought that. My goodness that was terrible coffee, I couldnt take it! So I grabbed a Delonghi EC430 on eBay used twice for $60, and proceeded to enjoy that for a month, before deciding to upgrade to a Sunbeam Cafe Crema.

    Unfortunately with my pre-ground coffee it couldnt give me the intensity of cafe espresso, so last Friday I bought a Breville BarArome grinder (BCG450) and some fresh beans. I was really surprised how much of a difference that made, amazing!

    Oh yes, I also have a really nice stainless 350 ml plunger at work. Hmmm ... I dont think Ive ever tried plunger coffee with freshly ground beans, maybe Ill bring it home one night this week.

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    Re: First buyers coffee machine

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    My current equipment is basically my first machine: Sunbeam Aroma 12 drip machine, EM0480 from home will be here in a day or two.

    The only place to go is up from here, surely!



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