What espresso machine do I buy ?
Just had a visit from a customer who was drinking a very nice smelling cup of espresso from the local shop…. which has now put my caffeine cravings into overdrive.
I NEED COFFEE DAMMIT !!!!!
Got a stovetop at home, which whilst makes a perfectly good cup of coffee, I need* to make proper espresso.
What machine do I go for ? Gaggia ?
Something around the £150 mark say.
*no, really, this is an addiction I have, I’ll make no bones about it 😀Posted 5 years ago
^^^ That is really impressive, but an expensive gadget for a camping trip.
I like the look of this one.
Does anyone have any personal experience of owning one ?
Fits my budget as well.Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Unfortunately, you’ll not get a Gaggia for £150.
Gagia Baby, mine was about £90 off Amazon.
Only problem (can anyone help?) I never seem to be able to get milk hot enough, I steam it untill it just starts to whistle (any longer and it tastes bitter) but it’s just not hot.
Should I nuke the milk before steaming it?Posted 5 years agoBigButSlimmerBlokeMember
an expensive gadget for a camping trip.
true, but mine’s lives in my office, comes home when I’m taking time off and travels with me when i might be out of range of decent coffee (eg recent narrow boat trip). As such, much more flexible than mains-bound devices.Posted 5 years ago
don’t forget the grinder. either a porlex mini hand grinder or an iberital from happy donkey. pre-ground coffee is stale coffee. and if you get the Gaggia throw away the little plastic ‘crema device’ basket and use the normal double basket for proper espresso. the ‘crema device’ basket is a lame attempt to produce some kind of scum on the top of the espresso from supermarket coffee.Posted 5 years agoBigJohnSubscriber
Yup. I denied the need for a grinder for years and used pre ground black Lavazza. Then I got an Iberital MC2 (great because it just grinds a cupful) and would not go back. It’s like a frame & fork combo. I’d rather have a good grinder and crap machine than other way round.Posted 5 years agoChubbyBlokeInLycraMember
Has anyone used the bike pump thing? What’s the espresso like? The thing that might compromise it is the heat loss. Does it?
i’ve got an older one that only does pods. pods from here. all a matter of taste, but some better than others. that said, the best (izzo silver pack and moreno red pack for me) are as good as anything i’ve had.Posted 5 years ago
heat loss – hot water swirled in the bowl then dumped heats the bowl (same for the cup) = no problem.
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