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Is there such a thing as a good combination espresso / coffee maker? If so, whose?

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Is there such a thing as a good combination espresso / coffee maker? If so, whose?

zinfandelfan | Dec 27, 2006 03:25 PM

So, my parents gave us a food processor for Christmas (baby en route, so we wanted one for our cooking as well as for slicing / dicing / pulverizing homemade baby food). Got one from my in-laws too and because size matters, I'm keeping the 14 cupper and returning the 11-cupper from mom and dad for another appliance.

I'm an espresso fiend. I don't drink coffee; I drink espresso. Hopefully that doesn't sound like an addict's loser crutch. But since I have to get an "us" appliance; we need a coffee maker, too. We've seen a couple of appliances (Braun, Krups) who have both the coffee brewing and espresso making features combined into the same appliance, but the concern is this:

Bugger how the coffee will turn out, I want damn good espresso.

So in order to maintain marital bliss (and in some foreign policy circles I believe the more actual term is 'appeasement'), can I have my cake and eat it, too?

If the answer is 'no', then I'll drop dime on Mr. Coffee for those rare times when we have company that drinks coffee (we don't) and lobby for a quality espresso machine.

Any thoughts on the Illy Francis! Francis! machine and coffee club racket? By the time you're done buying Illy coffee (pods, grounds or beans) for twelve months, you pay about what you'd pay retail for what I think is a quality espresso machine.

Happy Holidays and thanks in advance for the advice.

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