What makes a "good" espresso machine?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by mac000, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. mac000 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2005
  2. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    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. ;)
  3. greendragon macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2006
  4. blackstone macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2005
    Washington, DC
    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

    Sep 6, 2005
    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

    Mar 15, 2006
    In Hell
    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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