NEED RECOMMENDATION FOR AFFORDABLE ESPRESSO MACHINE!

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    Jan 21, 2010 8:22 PM GMT
    Hey gents,

    I'm trying to save money this semester. (For those who don't know, I'm a poor law student.) One of my money-saving ideas is drinking home-brewed espressos. But I don't know what espresso machine to buy. Any recommendations? I'm looking to spend ~ $100.

    Thanks.
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    Jan 21, 2010 8:30 PM GMT
    Get a Moka stovetop espresso maker. I think Target sells them for $30.

    http://www.ineedcoffee.com/06/moka/

  • Timbales

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    Jan 21, 2010 8:38 PM GMT
    Bialetti makes some nice stovetop and electric models.
  • auryn

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    Jan 21, 2010 9:22 PM GMT
    A couple years back, I got a DeLonghi espresso/coffee maker from Macy's for $99.

    try checking those out.
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    Jan 21, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    ooers, unfortunately you'll only get a steam driven espresso machine for that cost and they wont produce a very good shot of espresso...

    maybe look at a good drip coffee machine and use some really nice beans.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 21, 2010 9:48 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidooers, unfortunately you'll only get a steam driven espresso machine for that cost and they wont produce a very good shot of espresso...

    maybe look at a good drip coffee machine and use some really nice beans.


    I bought a beautiful little Bialetti stove top percolator style espresso pot at a little Italian specialty store near me for about $30.
  • jppires

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    Jan 21, 2010 11:42 PM GMT
    Sounds kind of ghetto, I know, but I bought a brand new pump driven machine from eBay. It's a Breville. I love it. I paid about $75 + shipping. It delivered in it's original package, never opened.
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    Jan 22, 2010 12:11 AM GMT
    Timberoo said
    lilTanker saidooers, unfortunately you'll only get a steam driven espresso machine for that cost and they wont produce a very good shot of espresso...

    maybe look at a good drip coffee machine and use some really nice beans.


    I bought a beautiful little Bialetti stove top percolator style espresso pot at a little Italian specialty store near me for about $30.

    There nice those, they don't make to bad a drop either, they can be fiddly though but a worth while investment
  • xysx

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    Jan 22, 2010 12:19 AM GMT
    screw the machine. just focus on good beans & some high quality chocolate chips, then in the morning, pop a couple of each while heading out. ~saves on all the coffee spills on shirts & ties, tooicon_wink.gif