tehjburz Senior Member Joined: 23 Mar 2014 Posts: 1 Location: Ontario, Canada Expertise: Just starting
Posted Sun Mar 23, 2014, 7:01pm Subject: Advice: Need an entry-level semi-auto and grinder combo
I'm a former barista and soon-to-be-groom.
We're going through the process of doing the whole gift registry thing, and my spouse is asking me to select an espresso machine and a grinder to be included on the registry.
I previously worked as a barista for about a year at what I consider to be one of the better independent coffee bars in town. I'm a bit out of practice, but I know the basics and when I was working consistently I felt very comfortable on the machine.
For the espresso machine, I need something not too outrageously expensive so I don't look like a jerk for putting it on the registry. I'd want something with a steam wand/frother so I can get my microfoam on. I realize the quality of the machine will be nothing near the one I used at work.
For the grinder, I just need something reasonable that can do espresso as well as a coarser grind. I enjoy the occasional french press.
If anyone has any suggestions for some decent entry-level stuff for someone who basically knows what they are doing (in terms of using the machine), that would be great. Apologies if any of my terminology is strange or unclear.
Posted Sun Mar 23, 2014, 8:20pm Subject: Re: Advice: Need an entry-level semi-auto and grinder combo
CC1 + Vario; the combination is $1000 at SCG; probably available at the same package price from other retailers given a little negotiation; and the best deal in entry level espresso equipment, bar none. While neither component is world class, I don't believe you can get consistently good results with a lesser machine or grinder in your setup.
Obviously it's a lot of money. Maybe you could get one of your friends to organize a group wedding present.
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