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After a treacherous introduction to the world of home espresso brewing (thanks DeLonghi) I now have my money back (well my girlfriend has her money back for my Christmas gift) I'm now on the look out for a good domestic machine, must have:


  • 58mm portafilter.
  • A useable steam arm/wand (not a big plastic thing that produces waaaay too much foam) I'm not against replacing this ie, the Rancillo Silvia arm on a Gaggia Classic for example.
  • A useful size reservoir.
  • Ideally a steel construction rather than ABS.
  • A solenoid!!! (hopefully prevent the sneezing issue)


Well my list is not as big as I thought it would be, just something that doesn't spit coffee everywhere when removing the PF and a steam arm that doesn't constantly run water.


I'm kind of settling on the Gaggia Classic as mentioned in my last thread something second hand/reconditioned but wanted to see if you guys had any other suggestions as to what might be out there?


I intend to pair this with an Iberital grinder, Oh any suggestions on great beans (where to get them from) would be appreciated.



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