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Nov 28, 2010 09:06 AM

Are there any GOOD CHEAP (electric) espresso machines ?

My stove top just isn't getting it for me . I saw a Jura Capresso 4 cup I just can't afford those high end models..........Growing up the cafe nero from Grandma's stove top did do the trick .Is there a knack to using the stove top ? I do grind my beans using a German hand grinder and espresso beans from Porto Rico Coffee .

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  1. Stove-top Moka Pots can make excellent coffee. The typical 4 cup "espresso" makers are really only complicated moka pots, using the same steam-pressure-thru-water brewing method, but with extra & unecessary plumbing thrown in. If you're not getting acceptable results from your current brewer, then you'll probably get even worse results from any of the 4 cup models.

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    1. re: Eiron

      Thanks my hand grinder produces a courser grind than a commercial pre ground product . That is what was recommended from the manufacturer. I have a small stove top and the coffee is never as robust as Id like it,

      1. re: scunge

        Hmmm, it sounds to me that you'll benefit more from a new grinder than you will a new coffee machine. One of the Baratza Maestro refurbs ($80) or a new Zassenhaus hand grinder ($75-$90) will probably be the least expensive options.

        For my Moka Pot, I grind quite a bit finer than commercial drip grind, but more coarse than espresso grind. My electric burr grinder (the earlier version of what is now the Baratza) does a great job for my stove-top moka coffee.

        1. re: Eiron

          My grinder is a zassenhaus and it's set up for espresso Maybe the Coffee shop machines are that much better or to quote a cliche' 'It always tastes better out" .I wonder if I can adjust or fine tune the grinder I'll have to look directions

          1. re: scunge

            You definitely need a fine ground coffee for the moka pot. My grandma swears by Medaglia D'oro in the can, but I recently achieved good results (finally!) by getting my beans ground for Turkish coffee--almost like a powder--and making sure to pack it in. It made a huge difference, and now my coffee actually tastes as good as hers. (She doesn't think so, but it really does)

    2. i use a Breville espresso machine and I love it! For $100 it makes perfect coffe, and although the milk frother takes a little longer than on a commercial machine, it does a fine job too.

      1. search for "Gaggia Baby" on ebay

        if the ones on ebay are too much you can maybe search for a la pavoni lever machine on ebay (manual)

        then again its probably best to stick with and perfect the moka pot, save up, and keep searching on ebay for a good deal on a machine like the Gaggia Baby