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Thecoffeenerd
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Posted Fri Jun 28, 2013, 7:55pm
Subject: Espresso machine help needed
 

I'm planning to get this cheap espresso machine: Click Here (www.target.com)  

It's a cheap home steam driven espresso machine. It's good for starting out and I've heard very good reviews! What do you think? It's my first espresso machine too. The question's I have are: Do I need a very fine grind for this machine? My grinder won't grind extremely fine :/ It looks like a pressurized portafilter. And do I still need to tamp the coffee on this machine?

 
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D4F
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Posted Fri Jun 28, 2013, 8:16pm
Subject: Re: Espresso machine help needed
 

Are you sure that there is a pump, not steam driven? I did not see pump mentioned though did not study the instructions.  It sounded steam driven to me by the description. Download the manual here

Click Here (www.bellaappliances.com)

I would need more specifications on the machine to answer your questions, but am not sure it is really espresso capable.  Sorry if this is incorrect or not the answer you are wanting.  I tried looking up the machine and did not find enough.

 
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Thecoffeenerd
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Posted Fri Jun 28, 2013, 8:23pm
Subject: Re: Espresso machine help needed
 

Oh! Sorry. Yes It's a steam driven machine. The machine apparently compares to stovetop "espresso"makers but Ill look into to see how it performs.

 
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D4F
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Posted Fri Jun 28, 2013, 9:09pm
Subject: Re: Espresso machine help needed
 

You might begin with a search here in CG of Stovetop Espresso.  When you see reviews from stores or Amazon you are not likely going to find them comparable to those in coffee/espresso forums.  Steam pressure is not very high vs a pump.

 
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Posted Sat Jun 29, 2013, 1:34am
Subject: Re: Espresso machine help needed
 

As long as you know what to expect from this machine, you might as well be satisfied with it. However, you must know that it won't really make espresso but moka instead. Being steam driven the brewing pressure will be to low and water temperature will be too high for espresso, which is why you won't have a consistent crema, for example. Also coffee tends to have a slightly burnt taste with moka pots, which is basically what this machine is. On the other hand, moka pots like the Bialetti Moka Express or Brikka are the traditional Italian way of preparing caffè for a morning latte.

Personally, I'd prefer a stovetop model, because they're virtually unbreakable.

 
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