calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 7,468 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32 Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Msl. Com. brewers Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 6:55am Subject: Re: Battle of Classes: Gaggia vs. Mypressi/Bellman vs. Lever ???
Bud, I have no issue with anything you said, I kept the advice I gave to the budget that the OP stated. Better SBDU machines are out of the discussion unless bought used and then the mandatory purchase of a better grinder comes into play, the grinder alone exceeds the OPs stated budget.
That said though, better machines do give you better espresso and more consistent shots and are easier to use.
The sad truth is that the most affordable gear requires the most skill and have some of the longest learning curves due to the consessions made to keep the price down.
In real life, my name is Wayne P. Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!
Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
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