avraptorhal Senior Member Joined: 20 Mar 2014 Posts: 36 Location: USA Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: Gaggia New Baby Twin Grinder: Compak K3 Touch, awaiting... Drip: single cup cone
Posted Thu Sep 4, 2014, 2:20pm Subject: Re: Please read before you post New Machine buying question.
I only wish I had found this post months earlier. The instructions for frothing milk alone were worth many times the time spent watching. I intend to watch those several times more to make sure the instructions are imprinted.
Many thanks to those who spent the time and effort to add this to the forum.
qualin Senior Member Joined: 30 Jun 2012 Posts: 669 Location: Calgary, AB Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Izzo Alex Duetto 3 Grinder: Mazzer Mini Elect. Type A Vac Pot: Looking to buy Drip: Manual Roaster: Considering?
Posted Thu Dec 11, 2014, 9:45pm Subject: Re: Please read before you post New Machine buying question.
De’Longhi 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker is bestI have to respond to this as Christines post is confusing and misleading.
I say to anyone looking to buy an espresso machine, anything that says "15 BAR" in the description of the machine should most likely be avoided. Here's why... Any espresso machine is capable of pushing 15 bars of pressure, without any volume. "15 Bars" is not how espresso is brewed. It is brewed at 9 bars of pressure for optimal flow through the puck. This goes to show how much the manufacturer of the machine knows about making espresso if they can't even get the advertising on the box technically right.
It has been said before and I'll say it again, The grinder is more important than the machine. The Delonghi model mentioned (From the URL) is but a mere toy and won't make proper espresso because proper espresso demands that a machine with a non-pressurized portafilter is used. It is the perfect example of a machine meant to be used with an inadequate cheap grinder.
Another thing that really bothers me, the website Christine is shilling is just about useless. It doesn't contain any objective technical information, just mostly marketing blurbs and a few stats. Want to read proper reviews on machines people have actually bought and used on this forum? Go here: "Consumer Product Reviews" or get professional reviews of equipment here: "Reviews, First Looks and QuickShot Reviews"
I keep emphasizing this again and again, you can't buy an espresso machine for $100 and a grinder for $50 and expect to make espresso which is the same quality as what you find in a coffee shop. The first thing you need to know is that an espresso machine is a LARGE appliance purchase. It's not a toaster, it's not a microwave. It isn't a Christmas gift (Unless you have lots of money) it is a serious purchase.
I've stopped playing with toys years ago. Anything that goes into my kitchen is designed to last.
Garbage In, Garbage Out, for every step of the process. From Beans to grinder, grounds to machine, coffee to cup.
Worsir Junior Member Joined: 24 Nov 2014 Posts: 4 Location: Green Bay, WI Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Mon Dec 15, 2014, 4:16am Subject: Re: Please read before you post New Machine buying question.
I am very much fond of coffee .. But i used to face alot of problems regarding making of coffee .. I decided to buy one for my at my home place... But I am very much confused about the brand quality and what size and what parameters i should keep in mind while doing so..
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