Post # 1
I loveeee lattes and spend a decent bit of money at coffee shops. I am looking into purchasing an espresso maker, but there are so many out there. I’d like to get some words of wisdom. What brand do you have? Love it or hate it? Other advice? TIA!!
Post # 3
I gave my SO the Keurig Rivo for Xmas. He is in love with that thing! ha ha After much research, we heard many complaints about those milk pods so he decided he wanted to be able to use whatever milk he wants. This also works for us since I’m lactose intolerant. He even made me an eggnog latte one day using lactose free egg nog. We really like it! It has a bin that holds the used pods (just empty the bin periodically instead of each time you make a cup).
Post # 4
Don’t know how much you’re looking to spend but this is ours:
We’re big on coffee, but it also spits out hot water for tea. The coffee beans are grinded for each cup. It does take work to keep it clean which ends up being my weekly job, but I really can’t compare any other coffee to it! It was my parents wedding shower gift to us, which is what my parents have had for years so I got used to it!
Post # 5
My husband is really into espresso and I like the occasional latte. We have a Rancilio Silva. Expensive, but worth it to us to to never set foot in a Starbucks again!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
We have the DeLonghi EC 702. I am not sure what type you are looking for, but this one is a semi-automatic. I use it daily for single/double servings of espresso as well as lattes and I love it. My only complaint is the way the steamer is positioned. You can’t quite set a coffee mug underneath it. I have to hold the mug up while the milk is steaming which is kind of annoying. It would be much more convenient if I could set the mug down on the tray and let the steamer do its thing. But if you can see past this design flaw it is really an awesome espresso machine.
Post # 7
It’s espresso, not expresso. I have one and use it often.
Post # 8
@atacrossroads: I fixed it. What kind do you have?
Post # 9
I don’t like having big appliances around (small kitchen) so I use an Italian style stove top espresso maker like one of these: http://www.amazon.ca/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=stove+top+espresso+maker&tag=msncahydra-20&index=aps&hvadid=2906452699&ref=pd_sl_8rjymncukx_e
I don’t know my exact brand as mine is a hand-me-down from my grandma, but I have an all stainless steel model which I really like.
It’s so small and sleek, yet does a great job.
Post # 10
@mrsjordan53014: I bought my boyfriend a super automatic for his birthday. It grinds the beans, tamps, and brews. He absolutely loves the coffee and espresso out of it, it also makes lattes. I love how easy it is to clean. He said he can taste the difference. Expensive but worth it. I got him this one, but they have a less expensive one with a $100 rebate.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
We have an Isomac TEA, which was a handmedown from my dissertation advisor. It’s AMAZING. I personally would never buy something like a Keurig. If you want an instant pod machine, get one by people who know what they are doing with espresso and pressure, like Nespresso or maybe the Starbucks Verismo. Best is just to invest in a real espresso machine, but they are expensive.
ETA: You’re going to need a burr grinder too, so factor in that $150 or so.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
@Mrs. Coyote: If it makes you feel better, the steamer is designed like that on purpose. You’re supposed to move the position of the steam wand tip relative to the milk for stretching and frothing.
Post # 13
We have the Via Venezia espresso machine from Crate and Barrel.
I prefer not to use it- it all seems kinda complicated and there are several different parts that need to be disassembled and cleaned with every use. I am all about the conventional drip coffee maker. Filter + coffee + water + press start button!
My FI loves it though, and he does use it. I must admit it makes wonderful coffee drinks, but not worth the hassle for me :/
Post # 14
@mrsjordan53014: I have the Saeco Via Venezia and I love it. It’s my second one, the first is still going strong after 8 years, I gave that one to my mom during a move to a new place with very limited space. I bought myself a new one about 14 months ago and it has performed just the same, which is perfectly. It does not have a coffee grinder and I don’t use one, I’m not much of coffee connoisseur, I just much prefer espresso over black coffee. And I like being able to quickly make just one cup (when I got my first machine it was before all the single cup machines were on the market)
Last year when I decided to purchase my second one I did a lot of research on the best machine for me and it turned out to be the same one I had years ago. It’s made in Italy, has a good warranty and service, not that I’ve ever had to use it. It has a good weight to it, a good size water tank with two ways to fill it for convenience. The interior parts are all stainless steel whereas other machines use aluminum and either the quality or life of machine might suffer for that. The down time between espresso shots is less than a minute and the down time between froths is probably about 1.5 minutes, but I can steam & froth enough for two lattes or cappacinos in one batch.
You can generally find them on Amazon, I got mine from Williams Sonoma during a holiday sale.
Post # 15
I have the Breville 860XL. It’s a semiautomatic with a built in burr grinder. I did a lot of research and I think that it was the best quality for the price point. I love it!
Post # 16
Thanks for all the replies ladies! I’m looking in each of the machines that y’all have recommended. I would be fine with spending probably up to $500, but FI is not, which I understand. So, we are probably wanting to stick to no more than $250.