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  1. Hi everyone. I'm looking at getting my wife a coffee machine for Christmas, but alas I have no idea about coffee. I occasionally drink a cup at work with milk and 2 sugars (judging from the name of this website I'm pretty sure that's as close to blasphemy as I can get - sorry!) and always have a hot chocolate every time we go out somewhere. I have a tenancy to waffle on so I'm going to bullet point the rest of this post and hope you lovely people can help me out a bit - please excuse any stupidly simple questions! I've tried to do a little research already I have a budget of about £400 GBP I'm based in the UK and as far as I know can't buy Sunbeam coffee machines, which get good reviews on here I think I want to get a Burr grinder(?) as well, with a doser (although I'm not sure what a doser is, I think she'll need one?) Do I need the grinder, or are they any good pre-ground coffee's that's make do? The top contender so far, from looking around this price range, is the Rancilio Silvia. I 've found the Silvia with a Rancilio Rocky grinder(good?) for £450 My wife used to a be a pretty good barrista (so she says!) so technical issues shouldn't be an issue Are there any machines comparable machines, quality wise, to the Silvia that are easier to use? We have have 2 children under two years old - hence her need for coffee, but also a huge lack of time to spend half an hour every morning making the perfect cup Am I been silly even looking at a Silvia - am I jumping on a bandwagon? Are there any machines at say half the price of my budget that even you coffee drinkers think makes a decent, better-than-caffetiere coffee? Do I even need an espresso machine, considering the fact that ease will be a greater factor over a sligh drop in quality of the outcome for the next year ro two while the kids grow up and aren't so dependant on their mum? Would a perculator be a good, very cheap compromise to get better-than-caffetiere coffee? I think that's all and I hope you can help, even if it's just to say "yes, you've done well for a non-coffee drinker, go with the Silvia", or "No, stick with Starbucks (another swear word?!) if you can't afford something better" Thanks in advance everyone, Rich
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