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Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012, 10:00pm
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Can anyone recommend a machine under $100 that gives a semi-quasi espresso like shot?

I've got a great grinder and some good beans....have to skimp on the machine.

Thanks
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012, 4:04am
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I guess you'll have to look out for a used machine.

 
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012, 5:41am
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UH, I agree, used if staying with espresso and what do you consider a "great grinder"?

New, you might want to think about a Moka pot, not espresso but it is "espresso like".

 
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012, 7:12am
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What do you consider a "great grinder"?
What beans do you use?
If it HAS to be espresso, a used machine (and a lucky buy at that) will be the only choice. A stovetop espresso maker (moka pot) is the only choice new.
If GOOD COFFEE is the priority, get an Espro Press.

 
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012, 7:16am
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If you are patient, you might find a used Gaggia in that range, on CL or the auction site.

Some of the models are basically the same inside, plus or minus a few features, such as a OPV and 3 way valve.
The older it is, the cheaper it will be, but also more chance it needs an overhaul.  But, gaggias are fairly easy to work on, and there is a lot of info and a dedicted forum for them on the net.

Also, mypressi just went out of business, so you can now buy pretty cheap on the auction site.  Just be aware that they are no longer supported, and it's more work to get a good shot out of one.  You need to preheat it, and it's harder to dial in, especially if you don't have a machine to help do that.

But, I have used a PID'ed Gaggia Classic, and a Mypressi, and both are capable of pulling good shots.

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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012, 7:52am
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I got my first machine, a Gaggia Carezza, for $75 on eBay. You could try to find a Mypressi Twist on clearance.

 
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012, 9:35am
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Thank you all for the comments!

The grinder I have is Vario

It's looking like I'm going to go with one of those Bialetti Moka pots & Capresso Pro milk frother! (mocha drinker here!)

Don't laugh.....but I'm just using Starbucks beans from Costco.

I'm going to expand my horizons with beans here after I finish the bag o' beans I have :)
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012, 9:50am
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no one's going to laugh at you for using those beans.  However, it's pretty universally accepted thought that you will likely notice a huge improvement when you switch to high quality, freshly roasted beans.  good luck with your setup!

 
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012, 10:38am
Subject: Re: Can someone recommend an machine under $100?
 

acctingguy Said:

Can anyone recommend a machine under $100 that gives a semi-quasi espresso like shot?

I've got a great grinder and some good beans....have to skimp on the machine.

Thanks

Posted June 25, 2012 link

Semi-quasi espresso  =  Aeropress.  $35 or less.  Great smooth coffee, but not true espresso.

Or do what I did, and find a yard sale espresso machine that works.  

I stumbled upon a Francis-Francis X3 last summer for $10.  Although it could use maintenance (it drips), it makes fabulous espresso.  Go figure.

 
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:33am
Subject: Re: Can someone recommend an machine under $100?
 

There is no pump machine for under $100, and if you get a 'steam' machine you might as well go for moka pot or aeropress.

Spend the extra $50-$100 and get a refurbished Saeco Aroma. The reputation, with care, is that it can last you 10 years.
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