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    Arrow Looking for a coffee/expresso machine that f'ing rocks.

    Hey guys I was wanting to buy an expresso/coffee maker combo but wasn't sure what the best one out there was, that isn't a million dollars. But i'll be willing to pay up to like $100 or so.


    http://www.krupsusa.com/All+Products...500/XP1500.htm



    One of my friends showed me this one above, it looks pretty good.

    Any other suggestions/comments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_coffee
    Hey guys I was wanting to buy an expresso/coffee maker combo but wasn't sure what the best one out there was, that isn't a million dollars. But i'll be willing to pay up to like $100 or so.


    http://www.krupsusa.com/All+Products...500/XP1500.htm



    One of my friends showed me this one above, it looks pretty good.

    Any other suggestions/comments?

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    Cory, that combo's only gonna give you steam-pressure "espresso", not true espresso. Steam pressure machines only get up to something like 5 to 6 X atmospheric pressure whereas a true of pump type espresso machine get up 14+ X atmospheric pressure.

    This quote from your link "4 bar steam system makes espresso" is saying that the steam will only supply "4 bar" or four times barrometric pressure. It's kinda like funny money; "the pressure's too low".

    How do you plan of getting your ground coffee for an espresso machine?
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    Juke, it sounds like your a coffee pro, I have no idea, my name just has coffee in it. Lead me master.
    What do you recommend I do for espresso awesomness? it would be nice to have a coffee machine too with it.
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    My advice forget a combo machine. In fact, unless you're willing to either spring for both a true pump type espresso machine and a dedicated coffee grinder - that's one that is capable of grinding coffee fine and consistantly enough for making espress - forget the whole making your own espresso idea. Now there are low-cost ways around the whole deal but you'd have to be willing to some hunting and improvising to do them.

    A true power espresso type coffee grinder even used will run you in the neighborhood of $150 and you can get a fair quality pump espresso machine through eBay for about $75 w shipping. If you want some suggestions how to bring the cost of an espresso quality grinder, tell me and I'll supply details. I've got a machine and grinder setup that set me back a little over a hundred bucks.
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    Although I don't doubt what you are saying Juke, I have to disagree about the combo machines. I suppose if you are an aficionado, but the average Joe (no pun intended), couldn't tell the difference with the final cup and those machines are cheaper and more functional. I did a search on Amazon and a DeLonghi BCO120T Combination Coffee/Espresso Machine for $95. Not a bad price. The one you picture, Mr. Coffee, is not bad either and you can't go wrong with a Krupp product. Of course, I'm no aficionado, but I was happy with my combo. Unles you are opening a coffee shop, go with the combo for functionality and price.
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    Well Cory, you've had some advice for someone who's roasted their own coffee for going on a decade and read extensively about coffee and espresso as well as had both steam and pump machines.

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    Thanks for the info juke and Bartski,

    But yes I'm not that die hard, I was just wanting some days to have an expresso and sometimes a coffee.

    But it doesn't have to be perfect, I'm use to drinking 2 day old coffee and still enjoying the suck of it.

    Do you buy espresso beans then grind them or can you bought pre-ground and jack them in there?

    I just mainly use starbucks pre-ground for my coffee
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_coffee
    Thanks for the info juke and Bartski,

    But yes I'm not that die hard, I was just wanting some days to have an expresso and sometimes a coffee.

    But it doesn't have to be perfect, I'm use to drinking 2 day old coffee and still enjoying the suck of it.

    Do you buy espresso beans then grind them or can you bought pre-ground and jack them in there?

    I just mainly use starbucks pre-ground for my coffee
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    Well, a guy who roasts his own coffee probably knows best, but how many of us do that. You can grind your own or if you find a good deli, like the one I have here in San Francisco, where you can find a variety of coffees, they will grind it for you. I have them grind it for me and I will only drink French Roast, but I do suggest you experiment with different varieties and roasts, if you have a good supplier. I've never tried it, but I understand Vietnamese coffee is the in coffee these days. I go through 2 pounds of French Roast a month. Grinding is just a matter of preference, though some would say grinding your own is better. I'm not that much of a coffee freak. Besides, I'm not allowed to go near anything that grinds at that hour of the morning.

    Loved your cat pic. My Bart looks like that some mornings, that's why he's not allowed to drink my coffee.
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