wondermac Senior Member Joined: 11 Jan 2014 Posts: 2 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Sat Jan 11, 2014, 2:16am Subject: CoffeeGeeks in and around Newcastle / advice for a new machine
Hi everyone. I'm both new to this forum and new to the UK. Just moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne a few weeks ago. I'm wondering if there are any coffee geeks in the region that could recommend some good coffee shops, cafés, etc.
Secondly, I also want to buy a new espresso machine and grinder. I don't have a budget for a fancy top notch gadget. I am looking at something for £700-800 including a grinder. So far I have been looking on the upper end at the QuickMill 3035 (little bit over 800 at Amazon) and in the middle at the Sage Barista Express (about 550). I am however somehow reluctant to buy a machine/grinder combination. Now should I start with the standard beginner's package of a Silvia and, for example, a Graef CM 80? I also looked at the Fracino Piccino, although I don't really like the looks of it.
Here some more background: What are we drinking: both milk based coffees (latte, cappuccino) and espressos. How much we are drinking: two or three milk based drinks in the morning, then couple of espressos during the day, maybe a latte in the afternoon.
I'd rather buy a new machine than a used one as I don't feel very comfortable yet to judge if it is still in good order.
Thanks in advance! Looking forward to learning all about the perfect espresso here.
Posted Mon Jan 27, 2014, 4:07pm Subject: Re: CoffeeGeeks in and around Newcastle / advice for a new machine
I'm not going to be a great deal of help to you but I'm posting because I feel bad that nobody else has.
I've never used an espresso machine for home before, but if I were you I'd consider getting a grinder with most of your budget and using other methods of brewing for home (drip coffee, aeropress, cafetiere, stovetop, syphon etc). You can get fantastic results with these cheaper brewing alternatives instead of getting an espresso machine where you may not even be trained to get the full potential out of it.
Johnboy63 Senior Member Joined: 19 Nov 2013 Posts: 4 Location: Whitburn near Newcastle UK Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Apr 6, 2014, 11:36pm Subject: Re: CoffeeGeeks in and around Newcastle / advice for a new machine
Just came across your post and thought I would drop you a line. Did you get your machine yet ? I have a Rancilio de Silvia V3,it's quite some machine but makes you work at learning the variables of producing good coffee. I can provide you with some info re coffee shops in Newcastle just drop me a word, cheers John.
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