Does anyone have any experience with home espresso machines? I have had espresso at friend's homes and while they tell me it is good or the best that they can do, the results are a joke.
I think that their interest was in latte's and cappuccino and other coffee related items. Mine is solely in espresso.
I use a Zassenhaus manual burr grinder and believe in the difference. I think that the Rocky doserless grinder is fine. I am ok with the grinding time. I can taste the difference in espresso. I understand the grind needed for espresso and am willing to devote the time to get the sort of espresso that changes time and shifts priorities. It varies greatly by the roast and the coffee. I already live with that.
I understand the quality of the water required and the time and technique that is need to draw wonderful highly personal of espresso.
I have been to Italy and understand the differences. I am not so interested in creating Italy as I am incorporating outstanding espresso at home when I want it.
My goal is to do that with several cups of espresso daily. If I can brew espresso with extraordinary crema in 4-8 ounce batches twice a morning and twice at noon and two or three times in the evening I will die a wired and happy person.
Any recommendations of machines from all of you out there?
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