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andyn
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Posted Thu Dec 9, 2010, 10:18am
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First post here. I tried searching but the site kept giving me errors, so I'll likely be the 10th guy to post a thread about this. Sorry.

My company is looking to buy an espresso machine for our office and has set the budget preeeetty low at $200. What's the most popular 'budget' machine in this price range?
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Posted Thu Dec 9, 2010, 10:59am
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You could find a low-end new Gaggia for around $200, or a classic for under $100 on eBay.  Really though, in an office environment a plumbed in HX or DB is ideal.
I'm guessing the grinder is to be included in the budget also?  In that case however, I hate to say you're out of luck.
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Posted Thu Dec 9, 2010, 11:08am
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Posted Thu Dec 9, 2010, 11:29am
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Yeah...I had a feeling that's what I was going to hear. We've got a few drippers, I suppose it's time to train the troops.

Thanks for the feedback.
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Posted Sat Dec 11, 2010, 12:03am
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It's possible to pick up a used super automatic for around $200 - I know because I recently sold one for that. If you set it up properly and get some decent coffee, you could produce espresso that most people would find acceptable, at least for latte's and cappuccino's. Many people here will shudder at that, but it worked for our small company a few years back. Sure beat running out to Starbucks.
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Posted Sat Dec 11, 2010, 12:37am
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I agree with Joat. Forget the espresso machine. Since you say you have a "few" drippers, I assume that refers to the machines, and so represents an office of a size which would preclude most small machines in that price range. These machines are such that whoever picks it out and or seems to represent it will risk having it as a millstone around the neck. There are other, less finicky methods to make better coffee in this situation. More details about the size of the staff using the setup and the location where it will be located would assist in others making recommendations.

 
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Posted Sun Dec 12, 2010, 12:30am
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Andy, imagine walking into Whole Foods and asking for their best $3 chicken. The answer will be "we don't do ANY $3 chickens here. All our chickens are free range, grain fed, organic, blah blah blah". In the same way this is not the place to ask about a $200 espresso machine. It's not that it's not possible, it's just that they don't do $200 espresso machines here. I'm telling you it can be done, but I also know that people here won't agree with me because most of them lost their sense of reality many years ago. They have trained their palate to the point that unless they have spent $2000+ on equipment and $20/lb on their coffee they can't conceive that the resultant coffee is drinkable. I used to enjoy Starbucks lattes. I now think they taste horrible and need to make my own. Am I any happier now? No. Would your co-workers be happy with espresso from a $200 used super-automatic? I'll bet that most of them would be.
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Posted Sun Dec 12, 2010, 4:53am
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Zimberto Said:

Andy, imagine walking into Whole Foods and asking for their best $3 chicken. The answer will be "we don't do ANY $3 chickens here. All our chickens are free range, grain fed, organic, blah blah blah". In the same way this is not the place to ask about a $200 espresso machine. It's not that it's not possible, it's just that they don't do $200 espresso machines here. I'm telling you it can be done, but I also know that people here won't agree with me because most of them lost their sense of reality many years ago. They have trained their palate to the point that unless they have spent $2000+ on equipment and $20/lb on their coffee they can't conceive that the resultant coffee is drinkable. I used to enjoy Starbucks lattes. I now think they taste horrible and need to make my own. Am I any happier now? No. Would your co-workers be happy with espresso from a $200 used super-automatic? I'll bet that most of them would be.

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your post made me smile Zimberto
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Posted Sun Dec 12, 2010, 6:20am
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What about a presso?
They seem to be a pain to get decent espresso out of (pre-heat song and dance) but for the undiscerning it could make something passable... Never used one though, just read user comments.
Probably not robust enough for an office? (considering all the breakages reported online)
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Posted Sun Dec 12, 2010, 7:44am
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Zimberto Said:

Andy, imagine walking into Whole Foods and asking for their best $3 chicken. The answer will be "we don't do ANY $3 chickens here. All our chickens are free range, grain fed, organic, blah blah blah". In the same way this is not the place to ask about a $200 espresso machine. It's not that it's not possible, it's just that they don't do $200 espresso machines here. I'm telling you it can be done, but I also know that people here won't agree with me because most of them lost their sense of reality many years ago. They have trained their palate to the point that unless they have spent $2000+ on equipment and $20/lb on their coffee they can't conceive that the resultant coffee is drinkable. I used to enjoy Starbucks lattes. I now think they taste horrible and need to make my own. Am I any happier now? No. Would your co-workers be happy with espresso from a $200 used super-automatic? I'll bet that most of them would be.

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your post made me grin Zimberto, although I do not know about Whole Foods and never had a Starbucks latte....
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