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  • My Breville BarVista Bes200 has died - what would you recommend new or used <$200

    Surprisingly this cheap machine with daily use survived 6 years. Almost as ironic is that two years ago, nearly to the day, I posted on this forum looking for a used machine; this time however it is official – RIP. I am located in Adelaide and looked for a used Gaggia Classic or Silvia but without luck. If I was to spend $200 new or used what would you recommend? 😊

  • #2
    G'day mate...

    What sort of grinder do you have?

    Mal.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dimal View Post
      G'day mate...

      What sort of grinder do you have?

      Mal.
      Hi Mal
      I have a Sunbeam EM0480.

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      • #4
        That should be fine for most brewing methods...

        Have you given any thought about going with an AeroPress, rather than trying to eke the best you can from a cheap appliance machine?

        Easy to use and providing you only use freshly roasted, high quality beans, it can produce wonderful coffee. Something between an espresso and a good pour-over or drip filter brew in flavour...
        You'll then have plenty of change left over to grab heaps of wonderful freshly roasted coffee...

        Mal.

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        • #5
          Thanks Mal, I think I'll pick one of those up for work!
          My fiancé is the coffee puller in the house. She loves the process this for home we would prefer a machine.

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          • #6
            Hmmm....

            In that case mate, I don't think you're going to be able to get a decent enough machine with that budget. My personal opinion is that the AeroPress will produce better results than any sub $200 espresso machine....

            Just my opinion of course....

            Mal.
            P.S.
            There is the fully manual/portable option of course, like the HandPresso for example. There are others around of course that use alternative means of creating the necessary 9.0Bar of pressure for a true espresso...

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