best superautomatic espresso maker?
looking to buy a superautomatic espresso machine. i really don't want to spend 6 grand, but maybe i will if it's really worth it. otherwise i'd like to stay below 2 grand, any suggestions? i'd be extra curious to hear from those who own them...
I own a Capresso 1000, which I'm not sure is even manufactured anymore. (I bought it quite a while ago - maybe 3-4 years??) It cost -back then- about 2K IIRC.
- It has never malfunctioned, never broken, never faltered.
- I have saved a billion trillion dollars at Starbucks.
- It is ridiculously easy to keep clean.
- It has gone on several 10-hour car trips to the cottage; so apparently jostling's not an issue.
- The cleaning tablets aren't always easy to find, and are expensive. That's the *sole* downside, and it's no big deal.
I expect all superautomatics are fairly equivalent: I highly recommend the category :-)
I love my Saeco Professional - great grinder, fabulous coffee with perfect crema.
My sister has the Saeco Vienna Digital and is thrilled with hers, as well.
I did quite a bit of research before purchasing (about 2 years ago), and liked what I read about Saeco's reliability and product.
Gaggia Titanium. Love it. Love it. Love it. Purchased in April of this year so I can't give you long-term results. Paid about $1300. from EsprssoZone.com but Wholelattelove.com has some kind of hotline you can call to see you through any questions you may have. Since they run about the same price, I would suggest you go with that web site. These sites can also sell you the cleaning solution you will need with any of the machines.
I just gave up my Rancillo grinder and Pasquini machine...which are both pretty well regarded among the espresso fanatics for a Jura Capresso F7 - and its been everything I expected and a lot more --- ill never go back to manual again. While I could pull good shots with the pasquini, it was hit or miss...its messy to grind, tamp etc., and not something i wanted to do first thing in the morning. The Jura does everything, exactly, perfectly the same time, over and over. It takes up less counter space, is significantly quieter than the Pasquini, and in the end, less expensive. I get really great crema coffees in 2 minutes from turn on - To me, so far, well worth it. I think purists would agrue that the manuals will pull a superior shot, but for me, just an avid coffee lover, the Jura is better than I could ever myself get out of my other machine. HOpe that helps.