hey friends, i posted a few weeks ago about espresso blends and which beans make a good espresso. and in a polite way, you told me to figure it out for myself. that truly was the best advise i could get. SO thus far my fav is a kenyan AA coffee i got from a local roaster. he's been very helpful but is very vague about the true origins or lots of the beans. so anyway, coffee from somewhere in Kenya is in on my fav list. i just ordered some geisha, yemen, and broke down and got the Monkey Espresso blend. now my new question: can my fellow coffee enthusiasts recommend an esspresso machine for under $300? i'm embarrased to say i've been using a 20-30 dollar "espresso machine" that i got at a local drug store. time to step it up. i've got a grinder that i'll have to update too but i think i need to get the brewing aparatus a priority. thanks guys! michael B from b'ham, AL <Snip> Reveal your inner athlete and share it with friends on Windows Live.