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Hi all. Just joined the forums after lurking for a while.

If you're of a nervous disposition look away now.....I currently use a pod machine 😲.

Next year I have a big birthday and I'm thinking about an espresso machine as my present, so will need advice (probably be a total nuisence).

I'll probably be after a machine for life (when I said big birthday I also meant big number) so need to make sure I make the right choice. Our kitchen is very small so I'll need a small machine. One of these caught my eye when it came up as an advert on a web page, what are your thoughts on them?

https://www.bellabarista.co.uk/brands/lelit-mara-62-standard.html

Small and very stylish, but is it any good?

Thanks for listening.

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Welcome along DDoe,

I have just moved on from the Mara. Yes it is a very capable hx machine and will make some great coffee. 

I'd certainly recommend it as a starting machine, how long/active you are in this community will dictate whether it is 'for life' 😁

Have you given any consideration to a coffee grinder, that will make a much bigger difference than the machine.


Ve ve suvivius.... /Pending grinder changes / Eazytamp / tupperware pot / completely healthy relationship with coffee (and bank manager).

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Hi igm, thanks for the welcome.

From my bit of reading on here I'm begining to appreciate the importance of a good grinder, however I didn't realise it was a greater influence than the espresso machine.

What would you suggest is a good combination?

I also thought a Gaggia Classic could be the machine for me, might need something a bit cheaper if I'm going to have to fork out on a good grinder 😉.

 

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21 hours ago, DDoe said:

What would you suggest is a good combination?

I can't really advise machine wise as I've only had the Mara and the Vesuvius.

With regards to the grinder I've had both large flat burrs and large conicals.

Several factors will impact on your grinder choice, some things to consider in this choice:

- Do you prefer light or dark roast beans? (widely speaking flat are better suited to light roasted and vice versa conical).

- Would you rather single dose or push and go?

- How much space do you have?

- How much do you want to spend?

- Many are designed for commercial use and therefore built like tanks and buying second hand is pretty safe option (especially on here).

 


Ve ve suvivius.... /Pending grinder changes / Eazytamp / tupperware pot / completely healthy relationship with coffee (and bank manager).

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Posted (edited)

I'm very much a complete novice. I think I need to drink a lot more coffee to find out what I'm after.

I have a good while to research what I really want, when I'm better informed I shall make my choice and look around. The for sale section will, I'm sure, play a part in my set up. I'm a great believer in buying better quality 2nd hand stuff for the price of new inferior stuff.

Edited by DDoe
Correct spelling mistake

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