Friday, August 24, 2007

My favorite expresso machine

I thought about giving you all the science and philosophy behind what makes a great expresso machine for a beginning coffee lover. There is a lot to say about how you intend to use the machine, what makes a great as opposed to just an so-so machine, the volume of coffee that can be made, etc. This is even before we try and decide between the super-auto versus the regular auto versus the manual machines! There is a lot to choose from and there are reasons that one may be better for any particular application.

So to spare you that, and become instantly useful, I’ll just let you know what is perhaps one of the most popular machines purchased by people that are serious about coffee and want to learn how to make good espresso the proper way. This machine is a low-end commercial machine, designed with sturdy components and not many bells and whistles. This is a well made truck, as opposed to a sleek luxury car, but if you want something that will get the job done without much fuss and teach you what you need know, then nothing beats the Rancilio Silvia. There are lots of places to get one, you can just look around, but you cannot go wrong starting out with this machine. Another place to get one of these great little machines is here.

This is not the be-all end-all expresso machine, but it will be a sturdy reliable companion that makes fantastic coffee once you learn how to be a good barista.

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