I'd really love to be able to make good cappuccino at home. From everything I've heard and read about the mass-marketed machines, I'm not even going to begin to experiment with them. I do understand that a large and important part of making cappuccino is learning how to make a good espresso -- how to grind the coffee correctly, how to measure and tamp it (if that's the right word), etc. In other words, it's as much a science as an art. I'm willing to put in the time and effort to learn how to do it correctly. But I don't have thousands of dollars to spend on equipment. What's the minimum amount I'd have to spend? What do I need to know in order to be a savvy shopper? Where should I shop? (One person told me that Chris Coffee Service has an excellent reputation.) This is uncharted territory for me.