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DecafJoe
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Posted Wed Nov 13, 2013, 9:52am
Subject: Suggestions for Home Decaf Latte Maker
 

Hi,

I have one big mug of decaf latte in the morning.
I'd like to buy a maker/brewer and use ground decaf coffee (not pods)
And not with any fancy built in milk frother etc - I will do that separately and add it.
I don't mind if it takes long to make/brew - if it'll taste better.
And I don't need fancy options.
99% of time will be same decaf grind.
Any suggestions would be very helpful.

Thanks!
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Posted Thu Nov 14, 2013, 9:51pm
Subject: Re: Suggestions for Home Decaf Latte Maker
 

I highly recommend going to the "espresso machines" forum, reading the sticky and posting there with your answers to the standard questions included.

From this post, I find myself unclear what you're looking for. The machines and grinders can't differentiate whether beans have caffeine, so basically you're asking about making a daily latte at home. That can range from a MyPressi twist and a Nespresso Aeroccino to a $20k 3 group machine...or you can make moka pot coffee and froth milk with a hand held electric whisk. Please help us help you!

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Posted Fri Nov 15, 2013, 7:11am
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Mod note, moved to Espresso, questions.

 
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DecafJoe
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Posted Tue Nov 19, 2013, 8:49am
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Yes I meant an espresso maker -  to have a nice latte in the morning - rather not have built-in milk/froth -  and not the capsules.
MyPressi is neat but not what I'm thinking of.
And Nespresso uses the capsules.
Any other suggestions?

Thx
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DecafJoe
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Posted Tue Nov 19, 2013, 9:03am
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ps.
Basically, I'd like to use my own decaf grind - so no capsules/pods please.
And I use almond milk rather than milk - so can have built-in frother or not - but I have to be able to add my own almond milk.

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Posted Tue Nov 19, 2013, 10:11am
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you still need to answer the standard questions...well, ok, you don't need to, but it'll save a heck of a lot of time, and back and forth...and I'd rather not have to try to read your mind.

they're in the sticky at the top of the espresso machines forum, but here's the short version:

what's your budget?
is that for machine only, or does it include the grinder?
What grinder are you going to use?
how many drinks on average will you make at any given time?  just the one morning latte or more?
how many drinks will you make in a week?
do you anticipate making drinks for guests when you entertain?
will you be able to plumb in the machine?
what's the power supply where it will be used?

by your "own decaf grind" are you saying you roast your own beans?

I also recommend reading the buying guide accessible through the top of this page (click on "guides & how tos" in the center of the skinny dark green bar). Then please give us an idea what class(es) of machines spark your interest.

You can froth almond milk with any steam wand...from a stovetop Bellman to a commercial LM.  If you're not picky about microfoam, the Nespresso Aeroccino (~$100) does a decent job of frothing, and you can buy it separate from the capsule machine.  I have one in my office and use it occasionally to go with the Twist 'spro I make.  The great thing about it, is it's convenience.  You just pour in the milk, set it on the base and press a button.  It heats and froths at the same time.

 
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Posted Tue Nov 19, 2013, 2:41pm
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I see what you mean - man it's going to be more complicated and more expensive than I thought.
Ok so let's forget about grinder for a moment.
I do 1 big Latte in the morning (so about 7 big cups a week)
That's it.
I have regular power outlets in my kitchen.
I was hoping to pay under $300 for the machine.
I prefer new over used.
Maybe built-in water container is better - but I can use the sink too.

Thx
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Posted Tue Nov 19, 2013, 9:41pm
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with those answers you would do fine with a SBDU machine...such as the Gaggia Classic.

You will definitely need a good grinder though, figure on $239 minimum, to get you a refurbished Baratza Preciso, (from Baratza).  It comes with a full one year warranty.  They offer impeccable customer service.  You'd have to get it off their website, when they happen to have one (which is pretty often given their high volume sales).  Their site is updated Thursdays (in the morning I think), every week.

 
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Posted Wed Nov 20, 2013, 7:06am
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Mucho gusto!
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