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Espresso Supplies in LA

sku Dec 28, 2010 03:41 PM

Anyone know a store with good prices on tampers, milk thermometers, bean containers, etc.?

Does Surfas have this kind of stuff?


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    Burger Boy RE: sku Dec 28, 2010 03:43 PM

    Surfas does have some of this stuff, might want to call first incase they got depleated over the holiday.

    1. sku RE: sku Dec 28, 2010 03:54 PM

      How about Cost Plus?

      1. Bob Brooks RE: sku Dec 28, 2010 04:02 PM

        Pasquini on Olympic Blvd. in Koreatown would be a good start. Also, check Rosito Bisani. I think they're in Culver City. For best prices, you'll want to go online. Check out wholelattelove.com.

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          monku RE: Bob Brooks Dec 28, 2010 07:37 PM

          You can check out the prices at Pasquini, but I think you could do much better elsewhere.

          Nothing against Pasquini, but from my experience they never impressed me as being a bargain kind of place. I bought a Pasquini burr grinder for $300 many years ago which I am very happy with (19 years), it's a commercial grade grinder. Their home espresso machines start at $865...don't get me wrong they are high quality machines.

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            cls RE: monku Dec 28, 2010 07:56 PM

            I think Pasquini is also all E61 grouphead stuff which won't help the OP (as far as portafilters, baskets, tampers, etc.)

            1. re: cls
              monku RE: cls Dec 28, 2010 08:17 PM

              Could be.
              All I know is it's not exactly a retail type of store. You can go there and be the only one shopping. My friend has bought several home machines from them for 20+ years and very happy, but they are pricey.

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          cls RE: sku Dec 28, 2010 05:49 PM

          Depends on how in to espresso you are. Surfas has nothing (as far as I am concerned) and no good tampers. Sur La Table, et al, nope. I haven't been to Rosito Bisani, and while it looks like quality equipment, it looks limited. Intelligentsia or LA mill have some good home stuff with fair, but not great, pricing.

          Personally I buy tampers from an Ebay vendor Cafesospeso, and also from espressoparts.com and 1st-line.com. Wholelattelove.com and Seattlecoffeegear.com are frequently recommended too. You might also try coffeegeek.com and see if anyone has a rec.

          Still, this depends on what you need. If you have an E61 machine and need supplies, LA is not a great place to get stuff. If you have a Krups espresso machine you might find what you need at any of these places.

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          1. re: cls
            sku RE: cls Dec 28, 2010 06:17 PM

            I'm somewhere in between the Krups and an E61 with a Rancilio Silvia.

            1. re: sku
              cls RE: sku Dec 28, 2010 07:16 PM

              If you have a Silvia, buy online, or you will be disappointed with what LA has to offer.

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