What makes a "good" espresso machine?

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  1. mac000 macrumors 6502a

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  2. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Pressure is important when you're making espresso. You want at least a 14 bar machine.

    And having a brass brewhead is good - helps keep the temperature constant.

    Get one that's easy to clean out too - there's nothing worse than a bitter aftertaste because you can't get grounds out of awkward places. ;)
     
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    The two espresso machines you're looking at seem pretty much identical (except that the second one looks a little more attractive to me), so it probably makes no difference which one you choose to get.

    Do you already have a good grinder? If not, you should make sure to get one. The quality of your grinder is often a much more important factor than the quality of your espresso machine.
     
  5. mac000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    to tell you the truth, i normally go to a coffee shop, local or starbucks, and ask them to grind me a 1/2lb of espresso there.
     
  6. The Mad Kiwi macrumors 6502

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    To get a good espresso, the grinder is probably more importent than the machine, get a good grinder (like a rocky or mini mazzer) and cheap machine.

    Grind is crucial to good coffee.
     

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