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mimic
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Joined: 15 Dec 2013
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Location: Sweden
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Posted Sun Dec 15, 2013, 9:25am
Subject: Want to purchase starter stuff, not sure what to go for!
 

Hi.

I love a good latte and an awesome espresso. I reside in the land of Sweden, and I don't happen to have too much cash to spend on something initially. 1600 - 1900 SEK (243.34 - 288.97 USD) sounds about right for me.

Point me to a good machine? Or whatever else you coffee-guru's out there think I should aim for initially. "A higher budget" does not need to apply, in terms of replies. Preferably, at least, haha!


Cheers for helping a newbie out!
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Posted Sun Dec 15, 2013, 9:53am
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For such a small budget I would spend as much as possible on the grinder and start with a used 006 Starbucks Barista machine.  

Here's one  

As for a grinder a ton of steps or stepless is the key.  You need as much room as possible to dial in your grinder.  If you go with a hand grinder you can really utilize your funds.  If you get your hands on a Hario Skerton and swap out the adjustment mechanism with an M8 posylock nut + a metal M8 washer to (prevent wear on the plastic) You have a stepless hand grinder.  Spend an additional $18 of the Orphanespresso PFP mod you will have a full range hand grinder that will produce good grinds for any type of brew. :)  I've had the grinder for well over a year now and it's still working great.  The best part of this grinder is it's so inexpensive that when it finally breaks down you can swap all the parts out and put them into a new grinder.  

Finally for good espresso you also need to either depressurize the baskets for this machine or get your hands on these unpressurized baskets.
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Posted Mon Dec 16, 2013, 9:35am
Subject: Re: Want to purchase starter stuff, not sure what to go for!
 

At that price point, a hand grinder and a My Pressi 2 will just about max out the budget if not go over.

You don't need to spend a fortune in espresso but you DO need to spend something. A workable budget for low end starter equipment new is in the $500 to $600 range.

 
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mkeller234
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Posted Tue Dec 17, 2013, 12:56am
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I bought my "starter kit" in used condition on this forum.  I believe I spent roughly $220.00 USD for an Orphan Espresso Lido and a Mypressi Twist.  I have been very pleased with both of those items.  You might consider posting a "want to buy" message in the marketplace here.  Used items are usually a good way to get started, as long as they weren't abused.
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