(Closed) Can anyone recommend an espresso machine?

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Does she just want a stovetop espresso machine? Or one that sits on the countertop and foams milk as well?

If its just a stovetop, 40$ should be fine. But if its a countertop one, I would spend a little more to make sure you are getting quality. DeLonghi is a very good company, and we’ve had excellent results (and almost 8 years!) out of our Starbucks brand one.

Hope that helps!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would just get the cheap one.  She said she wants that one, and $40 is a lot for someone’s birthday who you’re not even really related to.  

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If that’s the one she wants, that’s the one you should get her. “Good” espresso is a pretty relative thing— what’s “good” to me might be bitter and nasty to someone else, so my “good” machine might be an “awful” machine to your Future Sister-In-Law.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I was going to recommend the Nespresso Pixie, but it’s in a totally different price category ($229).  I would just get her the one she asked for!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I can’t remember how much it was, but we have a Mr. Coffee espresso maker and love it!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We have the Cafe Roma by Breville. We love it! I know 3 other people that have the same one and love it as well. It is a bit pricier…I believe they go from 15-190 depending on where you buy from

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We have a Bialetti stovetop espresso maker.  It’s great – and less than $22!  Is it as good as espresso ordered at a little Italian cafe?  No, but it’s easy, cheap, and very good for homemade.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I know it’s a totally different price point, but the Nespresso machines are WONDERFUL. I’ve had mine for 5(?) years and use it daily. Works wonderfully!

But, I would go ahead and get her the one she mentioned. She’s probably looked around and looked at which machine would suit her best. Can’t go wrong with getting her one she’s talked about!

Post # 12
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Worker bee

@pecanpie:  This might be too late, but I just saw this thread and if you haven’t gotten the espresso machine yet, I HIGHLY recommend the Delonghi EC155. It’s pump driven versus steam driven (like the EC5 you’re looking at) so it can hit 4-5 times the pressure that the EC5 can. That gives you better extraction (flavor) and the layer of foam (crema) that the best tasting espressos have. I use mine to make straight espressos, cappuccinos, iced coffees, Americanos, breves, I love it.

And the best part, Delonghi has rebates for it all the time so if you time it right, you can get it for $40 after rebate, when Amazon carries it for nearly $100! You can see all the past deals here:

http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?forumchoice%5B%5D=9&q=ec155&showposts=0&archive=0&firstonly=1

And if you sign up for a deal alert, that site will email you when the next rebate deal pops up.

DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Machine from www.wholelattelove.com

Post # 14
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Worker bee

@pecanpie:  No problem! Feel free to message me if you or your Future Sister-In-Law end up having any questions about it, I love mine and use it every day

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