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Espresso Machine?

Hello,

Can someone recommend a store where I can buy a good quality espresso machine in the Markham/Scarborough area?

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  1. Not the area you're asking for, but Faema on Davenport is kinda fun (www.faematoronto.com). You might want to check out online vendors as well. I've personally had success with Espressotec in Vancouver (http://www.espressotec.com/).

    Good luck!

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    1. When I was shopping for a good machine a couple years ago I went to the Faema shop and wasn't all that impressed. Their machines are comparatively very, very expensive, the service was pretty much nonexistent, and they didn't sell tampers. You can't make great espresso without a tamper.
      I'd recommend starting with http://www.coffeegeek.com/. It's a website run by a guy in Richmond, B.C. who is considered in many circles to be the expert on home and professional espresso machines. It can be a little overwhelming at first, but stick with it and you'll find great reviews on machines and recommendations for what to buy for a decent price.
      And as Artgeek said, don't neglect to look online. You'll find a far better selection of machines for far better prices than if you limit yourself to a few Toronto shops.
      A couple more things: be sure to get a good burr grinder with your machine. A great machine can't do anything if your grinder's no good. And use fresh coffee—ie. stuff that's marked with the roasting date. More than a week old, and you're shortchanging yourself. Moonbeam and Ideal are fantastic roasters around town.

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      1. re: pimentdespelette

        Try Seaco-store on Steeles,great machines,prices and good service.

        1. re: FlyingChef

          Maybe good prices but bad phone manners. After speaking with the person didn't even want to go there.I'll pay more somewhere else like William Sonnoma at least the service and return policy exists.

      2. If you still want an espresso machine check out Dr. Espresso on Kingston Rd. they have new and used machines and their service is incredible, here's the number you should call 647 477-5630

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        1. re: rama96

          Went by this store(Dr. Espresso) yesterday but it was closed. Do you know what days they are open?

          1. re: straum

            Google is your friend.

            They have a pretty minimal website at: http://www.drespresso.net/

            It hasn't got a phone number or hours, but their e-mail appears to be: robert@drespresso.net

            Good luck.

            1. re: detritus

              I was just doing a search for Dr Espresso and discovered this post... I left my machine with them in August or September of 2006. They had it for a month or two, then brought it back 'repaired'. It has exactly the same problem as it had when I sent it in! So they took it away again and after numerous phone calls on my part and excuses on their part, they brought out a loaner machine. I decided not to call them again but wait for them to get back to me... It's now been a YEAR! I still have the loaner... they still have my machine... c'est la vie.

          2. re: rama96

            I left my old espresso machine at Dr Espresso in early December 2006 and they still have it (almost 3 months later) I have left 4 messages for them in the past 4 weeks and have not heard back from them. Luckily I bought a new machine so am not without espresso, but my old machine is a good machine and did not need any major repair. I don't recommend this company. If I hear back and get my machine, I'll post here.

            1. re: foodyDudey

              FYI, I have never seen them open, their telephone number is, if not unlisted, impossible to find, their website gives no useful information, and they have never returned a phone call (I tried the number posted here in November) or answered an email. I don't know what kind of business they are running there. I hope you can retrieve your machine.

              (Fortunately, I was just trying to locate a part.)

              1. re: embee

                I'm having trouble reaching them also. It's a bit of a drive to go there just to check on the machine. The owner told me he checked it and it just needed a cleaing, then 2 months back someone caled and said it needed a pump. So I asked to have the owner call but he never did. I would never reccomend this place to anyone.

                I left the machine there around December 7, 2007.

          3. Again, not in your area but a great shop:

            http://www.gaggiahouse.com/

            The owner was actually a Gaggia distributor for years (I think he still is) before he opened this retail location up. I bought my first super automatic from him and couldn't be happier. It's not too far off the 401 (south) on Avenue Road.

            1. The Green Beanery, on Brunswick, near Bloor and Spadina, carries great machines and does mail order. It's a fair-trade non-profit run by the same people as Energy Probe. Good selection, including some great brands. Bought a burr grinder there a couple of weeks ago. http://www.greenbeanery.ca