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espresso brewing once/week.. i dont Belive that... just wait till you have your espresso machine delvered.. you will make atleast once/day
as for machines, the cheapest espresso machine that has good reviews is delonghi ec155 for 100USD...
but the machine doesnt produce v.great espresso but yes the crema, milk frothing gig is all there...
ill suggest save atleast 300USD for gaggia classic as it makes really nice espresso, best in this range... and also get a decent grinder along the way...
if you can afford gaggia classic for 300USD ill suggest you check out ROK presso machine cost araound 150USD and it makes really great espressos but its all manual and doesnt have a steam wand for frithign milk..
as for beans.. great home beans at home for best result.. im sure you have covered this topic yourselef so i wont go in detail..
I'm going to be acquiring a ROK Presso soon. It uses manual levers for the pressure and is apparently a bit finicky, but it's only ~$200.
Have you ever seen the Presso? I was at Klinik Kopi, a really cool cafe/roastery/coffee lab in Jogja this past weekend and the owner was using this - he mentioned it's a hell of a lot cheaper than an electric espresso machine and makes decent espresso as well.
P.s. Have seen you in r/coffee, any other Komodos over there? :)
I found Amazon reviews. Not quite what you asked for but may be helpful. Looks like fun!
> * Comes with 10-year warranty certificate
> * No Electricity Needed to Brew
I have used several hand operated espresso devices and none of them have been worth the time you invest in both brewing coffee with it, or the clean up afterward. To get anything of quality you really need to spend a bit of cash, even if the device you are using is completely manual. I haven't used it yet, but when I get the funds I plan on purchasing the Rok espresso maker.
For your grinder, I recommend getting a hand grinder if you don't want to spend $100+ on an adjustable coffee grinder. I have been using something like what I linked below, which can go fine enough of a grind to even do turkish coffee.
Just heat, not boil, the water.
Here is my budget espresso set up:
ROK espresso maker: $170
Hario Skerton: $30
Will it be like 3rd Rail Coffee? Hell no. But it will be much better than a $30 espresso machine and Cafe Bustello (no hate on Bustello though). The ROK is a completely manually machine so it requires a lot of tinkering and almost no 2 cups will be alike but I love it. There is something about having total control over the outcome of the shot that makes it so rewarding no matter how decent it comes out. Also, the Skerton is a hand grinder some people might not be into that.
If you have more money in your budget then I agree with /u/BurntPaper, but if your like me (broke college grad trying to find a job), this might be a the best option.
Why? Are the hand presses like a ROK not espresso? What is the procedural differences between something like that and putting the same amount of pressure on an aeropress? If I can make a puck of the same grind of coffee and apply the same amount of pressure to it, why isn't that espresso? Is it the paper filter? Is there some mechanism of a real espresso maker that I'm not aware of? I honestly don't understand the difference.
Then are hand-pressed espresso machines like this not capable of real espresso either? Would the addition the same sort of lever that multiplied the force you could put on an aeropress then qualify this method as real espresso?
If you look at places like Kijiji you might find some used Breville machine...
Unless you are looking at manual espresso maker like Rok: