10 year old Starbucks Barrista Espresso machine, used daily until the pump finally went a few weeks ago. Otherwise in excellent condition. Has the original porta and accessories. If you can replace the pump it should be as good as new."
I was the first to reply. I went and got it, and my first reaction was "ugghh..". It was the nastiest looking espresso maker I have ever seen. It had obviously never been cleaned. At all. Even the drain pan in the front had never been dumped. The crud had built up so that the "screen" that you set your shot glass or cup on was securely locked in place by the residues.
I took it home and put it in the corner. After a few days I decided to look at it. It took some doing, but it not only cleaned up, but turned out to be 100% functional. I doubt it was used for "10 years" as the water reservoir was spotlessly clean. I think the guy just used the thing until it quit working due to severe blockage.
Anyway this is my introduction to the world of espresso. So here I am with a working machine - and already looking to mod/upgrade. :)
Posted Fri Jan 17, 2014, 8:16am Subject: Re: Best Thrift store/garage sale/ebay/craigslist coffee find
Pretty much everything that I have on my coffee bar was a bargain mostly from Craigslist or Thrift Stores.
Bunn VPR - free from my boss when we switched coffee services at work. Bunn G9 Grinder - $100 from Craigslist Macap MX Stepless Grinder - $225 from Coffee Shop liquidation auction Kitchenaid A9 Grinders (3) - White one $6 from a Thrift Store, Silver one free from CL, Pink one $9 from Thrift Store last night (needs a shear pin). Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine - $70 from CL (dirty, but in great shape) Chemex - 2 Vintage 70's models for $9 from Thrift Store (one still in box) Cory DCU/DCL Vacuum Pot - $6 from Thrift Store Nicro Stainless Steel Vacuum Pot - $9 from Thrift Store Hario Skerton Coffee Mills (2) - $5 each from an unclaimed freight store (brand new) Toddy Cold Brew - $5 from Thrift Store (still in box) Aeropress - $5 from an unclaimed freight store (brand new) Vesubio Stovetop Milk Steamer - $5 from a Thrift Store Julius Meinl Cup and Saucer - $1 from a Thrift Store PeDe Dienes Grinder - $8 from a Flea Market
And 20# of Coffee Bean Direct Fancy Green Kona Beans about a year ago from an unclaimed freight store for $70 when the same beans were selling on CBD for $35/lb (date stamp on the bags showed they were only 4 months old).
My wife says I have a problem and need to stop, but I can't stop because I have a problem!!
man114 Senior Member Joined: 23 Aug 2013 Posts: 21 Location: NY Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Saeco Classico,... Drip: Norelco Dial A Brew
Posted Sat Jan 25, 2014, 9:50am Subject: Re: Best Thrift store/garage sale/ebay/craigslist coffee find
All my 1970s Norelco Dial-a-brew drip makers are from thrift stores, have a few, never pay more an a couple of bucks for them, always thought they made the best drip coffee, I just buy the best condition ones I see.
I got Saeco Classico in box at Goodwill for $5 don't think it was ever even used, treated me well for quite a while. Still works but I don't use it anymore.
Got a Starbucks Barista for $15, much similar to the Saeco.
Got a Bosch TCA-4101 pump machine for $9 apparently never used, this one was gifted to my wife's sister as it is a little simpler to use. I did not care for the coffee when I test ran it, but it was better than her steam pressure one.
In August I got a Jura Capresso Impressa S8 at a different Goodwill, with optional milk frother (it still had a $100 William Sonoma price tag still it), manuals, 3 water filter cartridges, descaling tablets and all included accessories for $16 with a total of 94 cups run on it. The machine brought me to the forum, but it took a lot of tinkering on my part to get the results I wanted out of it since there don't seem to be many super auto owners around the forum, so I figured I would stick around if anyone wants to know how to get decent results out of them and have push button convenience. Nothing beats getting an espresso in the morning before my Keurig can even finish warming up (my wife uses a bread machine to wake up to fresh bread so I can't have coffee auto start before getting up).
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