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Oct 26, 2006 03:27 PM

Favorite Espresso Machine for Home

Hello Everyone,

In the next few weeks we will be purchasing an espresso machine for our home, and I thought it might be a good idea to post the question here to see what foodie's prefer in their home espresso machine. What's your favorite, and who provides the best quality for price...Our price range is about 500 dollars. Thanks for any input.

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  1. Check out, tons of reviews and forums (I have no interest in this site, but it helped me pick out my machine, which is not in your price range).

      1. As I do consider myself a foodie, some people might not like what I have to write here... I love my espresso machine which takes, ahem, capsules! It's a perfect espresso every time. Yes, you are stuck buying the capsules ($0.65 each ordered online and delivered in 2 days) forever but I only drink one coffee a day or less so the ease far outweighs the drawbacks. Plus it looks really cool! I have the Essenza C90 Manual (i can control the amount of water). You can order them directly at but I know they have them at Cuisine Gourmet on Maisonneuve.

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        1. re: plateaugal

          Is that the store where the man greets you with a cup of coffee from his Nespresso machine?

          I had one of those and I was not impressed.

        2. If you want to spend a bit more money (around $800), I recommend the Saeco brand - model Vienna Deluxe Digital. It grinds the beans for each cup of coffee, and makes a great espresso with good "crema." There is also a steamer for milk to make cappuccino.

          I bought mine at a store in Toronto, but I'm sure you'll find it in Montreal, either online or in restaurant supply stores.

          Just looked at the Saeco Canada site, and there is a Montreal distributor on Boul. St-Laurent. Here's a link to the site:

          1. Definately try to get your hands on the Nespresso machines...these pod-using machines are OUTSTANDING! The enormous Paris store is now coming to MTL as well (keep your eyes open)