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      01-31-2016 06:31 PM #1
      I went to check on my parents today (you know, make sure they're still alive etc etc), and it turns out they got bored and went and took up the art of espresso making. Machine and everything. I didn't know you could do this at home but it turns out you can. They made me some stuff, but I'm not a coffee guy so I couldn't say if it was any good or not.

      Seems like a weird hobby to have.


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      01-31-2016 06:41 PM #2
      bahhhh fangul........all you need is this, for real Italian espresso. No fancy machines.

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      01-31-2016 07:59 PM #3
      Seems like a nice hobby to have but if those were my parents I would check on how much they paid for whatever espresso machine.

      You know, was everyone in the "espresso course" told to buy the same machine?

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      01-31-2016 09:07 PM #4
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      01-31-2016 09:27 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by GoHomePossum View Post
      I went to check on my parents today (you know, make sure they're still alive etc etc), and it turns out they got bored and went and took up the art of espresso making. Machine and everything. I didn't know you could do this at home but it turns out you can. They made me some stuff, but I'm not a coffee guy so I couldn't say if it was any good or not.

      Seems like a weird hobby to have.
      not so strange when you have lots of time to kill. my dad putters around car shows winning trophies, making wood stuff, and drying walnuts. my mom sews quilts. i really wish they chose inexpensive hobbies like bird watching. there goes our (me & 2 sisters) inheritance. #affluenzastruggles

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      01-31-2016 10:37 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by vwbrvr6 View Post
      bahhhh fangul........all you need is this, for real Italian espresso. No fancy machines.

      Yep, this is the way to go. $30 for a moka pot vs $200+ for a halfway decent espresso machine.

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      01-31-2016 10:50 PM #7
      Wow, I forgot I even had an espresso machine. It's nothing crazy, I bought it at Target and I stowed it away in my basement like five years ago after I got bored with coffee but now think of all the cool martinis I could make.

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      01-31-2016 11:21 PM #8
      Dang, just looked it up -- did you know how much that thing cost?

      We have a little old Krups 963 (made in Portugal) that works well - but it is kind of a pain to set up and clean so we only use it a couple times a year.


      We like different strengths (I like stronger; my wife likes weaker) so for day-to-day coffee I typically brew a small pot in a regular coffee maker with a timer; she uses a Melitta pourover cone to make a single cup. It is super easy, just make hot water in a tea kettle then brew right into your cup.
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      02-01-2016 01:24 AM #9
      Sure do make espresso.

      No ordinary grinder-a funnel feed Baratza Encore to provide an adjustable and accurate grind. An old DeLonghi machine as well.

      Making espresso is an art, something I have not mastered. Be ware of cheap machines that do not provide the proper pressure and heats required.

      I know a person who exactly grinds and weighs his (home roasted) beans for every shot. Every shot pulled from exact temperature water.

      Anyone can make espresso at home but it takes an expert to pull consistant, flavourfull and high quality shots time and time again.

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      02-02-2016 01:50 AM #10
      Just bought a machine (Gaggia Classic) with my VW hush money. Wife and I spend probably $50+ week on espresso drinks, as long as we use it we'll save the money in a month or so.

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      02-02-2016 08:45 AM #11
      $4500 for a coffee machine!

      We have a Nespresso. Deal with it snobs.


      Honestly, it's a pretty impressive for a capsule machine.
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      02-09-2016 11:38 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Hostile View Post
      $4500 for a coffee machine!

      We have a Nespresso. Deal with it snobs.


      Honestly, it's a pretty impressive for a capsule machine.

      Nespresso is actually quite good for what it is and the price. Very big in Eurooope.
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      02-17-2016 01:43 PM #13
      I don't mean to hijack the thread but my keurig finally broke, I hate that thing. I've been more of an espresso beverage guy lately and I think it may be time to try that. Can you guys help me pick a machine <$200? What do I need to look for in a machine? I want to wake up at 4:30 and make a kick ass coconut milk latte for myself, that is the goal. I think semi-automatic is the way to go for me.

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      02-17-2016 03:52 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by vwbrvr6 View Post
      bahhhh fangul........all you need is this, for real Italian espresso. No fancy machines.
      I got hooked on Cuban espresso due to a co-worker of mine back in Germany...


      Now we have three different Bialetti pots. We also use their Tuttocrema frother in the morning.


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      02-17-2016 07:34 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by BetterByDesign View Post
      Nespresso is actually quite good for what it is and the price. Very big in Eurooope.
      Aldi's $50 espresso machine is where it's at.




      As much as I'd love to have a proper dual-boiler espresso machine, I don't spend enough time at home to justify the cost.

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      09-09-2016 01:23 PM #16
      After our trip to Italy, my Wife and I decided that we had to get a decent coffee maker.
      We've had countless drip setups and even cheapo espresso machines.
      The last set up we had as a nice burr grinder and drip setup but we always lusted after a good latte or espresso.

      So, we finally ponied up and bought this. Makes the best coffee I've had in a long long time.

      ...oh, just 'F it.

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      03-25-2018 10:07 AM #17
      Yes. Stovetop stainless Bialetti for Cuban coffee, especially with my own blends.
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      06-05-2018 12:38 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by vwbrvr6 View Post
      bahhhh fangul........all you need is this, for real Italian espresso. No fancy machines.


      I've got that too, and a Dolce Gusto when I'm feeling lazy. if i pretend something fancier, I just go to starbucks

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      07-21-2018 12:41 PM #19
      Gifted friends a nice SS Bialetti stove top espresso maker and matching pitcher for their anniversary. They're digging it.
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      10-29-2018 08:26 PM #20
      I like the stainless steel Bialetti stovetop models, lots to chose from. My own preference is dark Central American bean (Costa Rica Terrazú [spelling?] and Nicaragua Dipilto) and either a light Sumatra or light East African blend work well. Again, that's my personal favorite and mostly for making Cuban coffee
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    23. 08-23-2019 01:49 AM #21
      I agree, the Moka Pot is the universal coffee maker, you can find it in every family. I and my brothers grew up with one of them and now each of us has one in the kitchen. I won't deny it, it can make a very good coffee if you use it correctly but I tasted some Moka Pot coffee that was crap. But besides the Moka Pot, I bought a Lelit espresso machine (https://www.helixcoffee.com/collections/lelit) because some mornings you just don't have time until the water from the Moka Pot will boil. It needs time because it's an art to make coffee with it. Every time I use it, I feel like an Italian.
      Last edited by UgrozaVeka; 08-23-2019 at 08:06 AM.

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