Just after I posted my previous message I realized that this is a really great example of thread drift: from talking about $800 hand-cranked mills to $5 thrift store poppers! Yes, I stopped by and looked at those, but decided to pass on them because I don't have a suitable grinder anyway. And then on my thrift store rounds today I ran into a deLonghi pump espresso machine for $17 and change. Now that I couldn't resist! I forget the model name, but I'm sure it's a cheapo. Gotta be better than a steam toy, regardless. Something to practice with. Onward, Bill On 3/21/06, b cook wrote: <Snip> ive <Snip> oma <Snip> ld <Snip>
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Nice, Bill. I probably would have picked up the Delonghi for $17 as well. brad On 3/21/06, beanjolais wrote: <Snip> r <Snip> r <Snip>
<Snip> I have an old deLonghi pump machine. With practice (and luck), you can make espresso which is better than 90% of the stuff you get at coffee houses. It doesn't compare with the cream of the crop, but compared to a steam toy or a typical coffee house, it makes pretty good espresso.
Beginner's luck, maybe, but it's dandy! I ran some water through it to make sure it worked and wasn't filthy, then tried out some reasonable-quality storebought preground expresso in it. Nice crema and definitely better tasting than many drinks I've paid for! It's a very plain portafilter, too. No crema-enhancing gadgetry. Oh, it's a deLonghi Caffe Veneto, in case anybody recognizes that model. Now I _have_ to score a decent grinder. Bill On 3/22/06, David B. Westebbe wrote: <Snip> of <Snip>
http://store.yahoo.com/trishops/ka-cm-bar12.htmlhas a boiler, looks to not be a thermoblock, nice pickup, for $17 i'd say you got a pretty good deal on a real beginner machine. -- "Good night, and Good Coffee"