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.
"...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! On 3/10/06, Earbud1 wrote: <Snip> to <Snip> y <Snip> y <Snip> I <Snip> ve <Snip> . <Snip> -- "When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Wichita WurliTzer