schiarelli Senior Member Joined: 8 Oct 2013 Posts: 28 Location: New York, NY Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Wed Oct 9, 2013, 9:51am Subject: Best cheap espresso machine for office use
I got the people in my office to all chip in for a $100 Nespresso machine. I'm still a coffee n00b but I think it makes pretty good espresso for 100 bucks, but id really like something with a steam wand. Is there ANY other option? I found a Lavazza Point Matinee in the local ads for $90 but it doesnt work, not sure if its worth looking into.
Posted Wed Oct 9, 2013, 10:12am Subject: Re: Best cheap espresso machine for office use
In the "cheapest espresso machine' world yeah it's not bad for capsules. Illy is better IMO tho. Their machine looks cool too. For $100 tho I'd go with a Delonghi EC155. You can use ese pods. :) It has a frothing wand too.
For a little better espresso feel/frothing Id go with a cheap semi auto instead or keep you eye out for a used super auto machine. I have been seeing a lot of them on eBay.
If you like Nespresso & Lavazza then Illy will blow your mind. The best pre ground I have really liked and would ever choose.
CoffeeLoversMag Senior Member Joined: 10 Jan 2013 Posts: 218 Location: Seattle Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri Oct 11, 2013, 5:36am Subject: Re: Best cheap espresso machine for office use
Looking for a cheap espresso machine nowadays is no longer a problem. You probably think that coffee machine for office use is expensive but there are some cheap ones available online.
Anyway, I recommend Mr. Coffee ECM160 Espresso machine. Just check out some user's review to guide you in finding a cheap one. You can have steam espresso coffee out of this machine and itís affordable.
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calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 8,039 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32 Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Msl. Com. brewers Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Oct 11, 2013, 8:14am Subject: Re: Best cheap espresso machine for office use
Please do NOT take the advice above about the ECM160. It is a steam toy, and is NOT able to do much more than scald the coffee and make a sort of espresso like muck from the pressurized portafilter.
Steam powered toys, do not develop enough pressure to make espresso and they scald the coffee grounds with the steam, they do not brew with 195 to 205f WATER.
Unless you plan to spend three times your budget on a low end espresso grinder PLUS your budget for a low end used espresso machine AND train someone to use it and keep it clean, you are better off with a pod machine. It will never be great espresso but most people likely will not complain much, you still have the issue of steaming milk and the cleanup that goes with that process but for a rock bottom budget, that is about where you are.
Often for office situations, we advise a superauto machine. We do not favor them for us as they are too limiting and most often produce only so so espresso and they tend to break often, but they are easy to use for people who do not want to get involved in the ART of espresso.
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z0mbie Senior Member Joined: 26 Sep 2013 Posts: 388 Location: Online Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Mon Oct 14, 2013, 6:19pm Subject: Re: Best cheap espresso machine for office use
Nespresso is a great alternative to a manual setup. Although you cannot use your own coffee (well, there are ways but it's a hassle), the coffee is great and they have a very good selection. No, it doesn't compare to a specialty cafe, but it is loads better than any of Starbucks or any of the other mainstream coffee shop, and if you make lattes the difference from a properly poured latte at a specialty shop latte is slim.
For making latte's easily and cheaply with the Nespresso, may I suggest the following method that doesn't require a steam wand. Using a cheap frothing wand you can make "steamed milk" ever bit as good as a steam wand. BTW, don't go out and by a $25 Aerolatte.. They have a thicker wand that doesn't spin as fast as cheap $2 frothing wand you can pick up at IKEA or in my case, a Japanese gift shop in Little Toyko.
I suggest using 6oz of milk for a single shot of Nespresso. Use a glass pitcher and microwave it for 1:15. If you must have latte art, you'll need a SS frothing pitcher to free pour. Otherwise the Pyrex pitcher will do just fine.
Here is a quick video I made to demonstrate how easy and quick it is to make very delicious latte.
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