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Posted Wed Feb 6, 2013, 6:31am
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Encore, for all BUT espresso, it is a very good starting point. $145 new, online.
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Preciso, likely among the best powered entry level espresso grinders out there. It will also handle your other than espresso needs, $325 new.
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They often have referb units but none in your price range right now.

A starter espresso grinder that is hand powered can be picked up for under or around $100.

 
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Posted Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:26am
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CoolBeanz Said:

I have been looking at used machines on Craigslist, up to $300.

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Hmmm . . . it's doable based upon a) buying used, and b) not including a grinder in that figure.

CoolBeanz Said:

The Briel is $150 and comes with an entry level burr grinder.

Posted February 6, 2013 link

Just say "no" to any sort of built-in grinder!

CoolBeanz Said:

There seems to be a bunch of Breville 800ESXL's for sale around $200.

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That should be another hint!

Based upon new equipment, look at the Gaggia Classic ($399) and the Le'Lit PL041 ($429) . . .

 
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Posted Wed Feb 6, 2013, 7:36pm
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Judging from your post, you and your wife have different requirements, but requirements which can be handled by one type of machine.

A typical SBDU (Single Boiler Dual Use) machine would be perfect for making those straight espresso shots, but your wife
may find that making latte's with a SBDU can become tedious.

When I had my Rancilio Silvia, I found that it took me 10 minutes to prepare a drink, from start to finish. That included temperature surfing,
brewing, post-shot cleaning, waiting for steam, steaming, post-steaming cleaning and flushing for cooldown and boiler refill. You yourself may
find that temperature surfing your straight shots to be tedious after a while.

Since you don't have company over often, it isn't a big deal and a SBDU may suit your needs just fine. My only fear is that your
wife may get upgradeitis and demand that you consider purchasing a heat exchanging machine when she doesn't want to wait to make her lattes.

Ideally, for your needs, I would say that a low end Heat Exchanging machine with a reservoir and a vibration pump is probably the best machine
for your needs and your wifes needs. Unfortunately, it will blow your budget out of the water. If you want to make espresso NOW with the budget
that you have, then a used SBDU is your only option.  

Now, since you don't mind buying used, I would consider getting your hands on a used Nuova Simonelli Oscar. They sell for roughly around $500-ish.
I realize that is more than what your budget allows, but the Oscar is a very different class of machine over a typical SBDU and may stave off the
upgradeitis (and complaints ... :-) ) for a while.

 
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Posted Thu Feb 7, 2013, 6:18am
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Thanks again for the continued feedback.

With my lack of budget, I'm going to spend what I have now on a high quality dual purpose grinder and save up for a proper espresso machine that will suit both my wife and myself.  In the meantime, I will keep an eye out for a good used machine and purchase if  the opportunity arises.
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