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Topic: New Espresso Adventure and Machines. (2 msgs / 64 lines)
1) From: Earbud1
Hi group. I'm actually an old list member come back from coffee-roast limbo  
seeking advice/suggestions/input on my current espresso adventure.
 
Seeking a decent quality entry level espresso machine, I used a combination  
of Amazon reviews and eBay offerings and wound up buying two DeLonghi BAR32  
units for reasons (buying two, that is) not worth going into now.
 
It has been my impression that this machine is identical to the DeLonghi  
BAR32 Retro Pump Driven unit, which is reviwed very favorably at Amazon by some  
14 users. The reviewers did, mostly, stipulate that the machine is excellent  
for its price range although quite a few claimed to  have had much more 
expensive units which didn't come up to the standards of the  BAR32.
 
At this time I have no true espresso quality grinders, only a few of the  
better Zass manual types. I am looking for a true espresso grinder but may have  
to hold off for some time for $ reasons.
 
As the two units I've got coming from eBay are from a borderline seller  
(97.5% positive feedback) that stipulates only a 48 hr. window for submitting  for 
returns, I have tried to set up things so as to have what I need to test the  
units thouroughly ASAP once the arrive. To that end I have ordered some of 
Tom's  last roasted batch of amber espresso blend. I will still not be able to 
grind it  to the fineness required and so will try to secure some pods in time 
to use for  the testing.
 
I solicit and comments on the machines and any other aspect of this  
enterprise from you long-time members with all your accumulated  expertise.

2) From: raymanowen
"...try to secure some pods..."
Why?
IMO, if you opened some pods  you'd find none.
As you have observed, there is some reason for grinding coffee directly int=
o
the filter or PF before packing and brewing. In using "pods," you hand over
all of your quality interests to a disinterested marketing agency.
It's a new medium to move stale coffee- a new Gimmick. All the marketing
palaver and smooth rhetoric cannot upgrade the preground, stale Scheisse
blend wrapped in the newest package.
Just do your due diligence, get the brewer that currently matches your
interests and finances, and Start Learning. Posting your progress along the
way can encourage us newbies and rainbows.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Newest marketing gimmick: Pods. Himmel!
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