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    Has anyone got a espresso machine in their caravan? I pick up my new van next week and would like to be able to have a double shot or a latte when I feel like it while camped so I need to put a machine in the van. Any recommendations for a small relativley inexpensive machine. I am probably thinking a Sunbeam or Breville, dont know of any others that might fill the need. Power use is no issue as the van will mostly be hooked up to mains 240v and if I free camp I have a generator for such times.

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    Re: Coffee in the Caravan

    hey Tony, ive been away from the scene for a while but seeing as though no one else has offered any advice i will give it a crack

    if space is an issue maybe a Lelit Combi ?
    never had one myself but read good things about them, they even have a newer PID version coming out soon

    http://www.jetblackespresso.com.au/shop/p/lelit-pl042em/

    other than that what about a Bellman stove top and a grinder ?

    once again never used one but maybe this could be a goer

    http://sorrentinacoffee.myshopify.com/products/bellman-stainless-stove-top-coffee-maker-cx25p

    hope this helps a little

    Darren

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    • #3
      Re: Coffee in the Caravan

      The Otto may also suit.

      Cheers

      Chris

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      • #4
        Re: Coffee in the Caravan

        Presso and a manual grinder.
        All you need is hot water and beans.

        Greg

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        • #5
          Re: Coffee in the Caravan

          Originally posted by 06333E390D113D34343737520 link=1309687436/2#2 date=1309761826
          The Otto may also suit.
          Im guessing Tony is looking to spend a couple of hundy. Would this be right Tony?

          I certainly think a stove top would be a good option considering how little space they take up.

          If you can go without latte you may also want to consider alternatives such a Presso, Pressi Twist, Aeropress or even just a plain old pour over.

          I completely understand the desire for a machine considering you will constantly have power. If you can get your hands on a second hande Breville Ikon it may be a good option for you. You will need to get some unpressurised baskets or modify the existing ones. Even a small espresso machine like this can look big inside a caravan.

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          • #6
            Re: Coffee in the Caravan

            Thanks all for the help, yes I did not want to spend a heap as I am currently saving for my next home machine. Still havnt deceided which yet but I like the BZ99 and also the Breville DB. I have an Aeropress and a Kyocera hand grinder so that will get me out of trouble if needed but I will check out the Presso and Pressi Twist. I spoke to a fellow today who just bought a used Gaggia classic for $280 and I looked like it had hardly been used but you can bet I wont be able to find a good deal like that when I want one

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            • #7
              Re: Coffee in the Caravan

              Originally posted by 47464C5F41445E2D0 link=1309687436/4#4 date=1309776456
              If you can get your hands on a second hande Breville Ikon it may be a good option for you.  You will need to get some unpressurised baskets or modify the existing ones.
              Ill second that... you can regularly pick these up on... that site where you can buy things (and less frequently here on CS) at a pretty good price - i.e. $100 or less.

              I was just talked out of upgrading to a Silvia by people who have used both the Ikon and the Silvia... and considering the reputation the Silvia has, that says something.  Dont get me wrong, they werent saying the Ikon is as good as the Silvia (both single boiler machines), just that its near enough in performance that the $ arent justified in terms of cost/benefit.

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              • #8
                Re: Coffee in the Caravan

                Originally posted by 372C2D3A2E72430 link=1309687436/5#5 date=1309777177
                I spoke to a fellow today who just bought a used Gaggia classic for $280 and I looked like it had hardly been used but you can bet I wont be able to find a good deal like that when I want one
                They regularly come up for that price (on that site you bid for stuff) and as ;long as they get hot and the pump runs any other issues can be sorted out for next to nothing and even the pumps are cheap

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