I am excited to get into the coffee world. My budget is around the £550-£650 mark but I can be flexible either way. I am detail obsessed (lawyer!) but also a complete newbie to the world of good coffee.
I like to drink espressos as well as milky drinks like flat whites, lattes and cappuccinos.
I have narrowed my choices down to two, very different options and would be grateful for anyone's input. My thoughts are also below and I would be grateful for anyone's comments on them too in case I am way off!
Option 1) Gaggia classic refurbished w/ PID, Rancilo Wand (£350 offered by Faircycler who will rebuild an old machine and mod to order) and second hand Eureka Mignon Grinder (expecting to pay around £200).
- Pro's: Seems like proper kit. Makes good coffee. Should hold its value. Flexibility to learn. £100 cheaper than below option
- Cons: The risk of second hand kit breaking and being out of pocket, need to learn skills to do decent milk, I know nothing about electrics so could not mod this myself if there were issues. Harder to Maintain..
Option 2) Sage Barista Touch. £650 (Costco)
- Pro's: Supposed to be amazing for milk. Costco offer amazing warranties so any issues I will be covered. Self maintaining. Built in PID. Built in Grinder.
- Cons: Concerned about how good the coffee aspect of this machine is e.g. baskets are pressurised. Grinder not as good?
Thanks in advance for your help.