Espresso Machine Recommendation?
Q: I am new and this is so much fun!! Does anyone have an espresso machine recommendation? I have a krups espresso novo, about 5 years old. The espresso takes awful and the milk won't froth. I think that it's time to throw it out. The array of new machines is very confusing--what brand and model is good? Thanks a lot.
A: My husband and I have a DeLonghi espresso/cappuccino machine, and we love it. I agree completely. The DeLonghi machines not only make great espresso, but they are also quite inexpensive. Our first one cost us $95.00 and our second (we retired the first to our motor home) cost us $110.00. Unfortunately, with expresso machines as with everything, what you pay is what you get. If you are serious about your coffee/expresso, then make sure that you get a pump driven machine. Mere pressure build-up isn't enough. The pump machines *are* more expensive. Krups makes good ones, as does Braun. I have a Delonghi that I like, though I have to admit that frothing generally takes a bit of practice. Personally, I would stay away from the machines that "do it all" with regular coffee, etc along with the expresso. If you don't mind spending a little money, look for the ones that have a mug warming rack above the machine, and that can make more than one cup at a time. I would also recommend that you check out the coffee newsgroup: alt.coffee