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    Default Should I buy an Expresso machine

    We have been thinking of buying a Breville Barista Express BES870 as recommended in Consumer?
    Or would it better to keep buying flat whites when we go out probably 3 times a week for the 2 of us, I drink a lot of tea at home but enjoy a coffee after our evening meal which is usually from a plunger hate instant coffee.
    So is it worth spending $700/800 or keep buying from cafe's ?

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    Default Re: Should I buy an Expresso machine

    No, coffee is evil. It wakes you up.

    How much is a cup of coffee? If it was $5 each x 3 x 52 that's $1560 a year so probably. Assuming you wouldn't go out for coffee any more or that leaving the house isn't half the fun.

    I don't drink coffee so ignore me. If you are a fan and drink it regularly, why not.
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    Default Re: Should I buy an Expresso machine

    Best bang for your buck is the Sunbeam EM5600
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    Default Re: Should I buy an Expresso machine

    I drink a lot of coffee- prob 5-6 per day. Far too much I know but ............
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    Default Re: Should I buy an Expresso machine

    Yes but you may consider a cheaper model. We bought for about $400 (Breville) and also a decent grinder but have not regretted it. We have only a single cup each evening but it have proved its worth over the last couple of years. If it needs replacing, I may spend big bucks for a more advanced model.

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    Default Re: Should I buy an Expresso machine

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippity View Post
    Best bang for your buck is the Sunbeam EM5600
    Bought one about 2 years ago - it broke down after 2 months of use, sent it back and they replaced with a brand new one which lasted from just over a year, to be exact, 1 year + 3months, it started to give all sorts of problems, gave up and am now with instant coffee.

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    Default Re: Should I buy an Expresso machine

    Quote Originally Posted by micky View Post
    We have been thinking of buying a Breville Barista Express BES870 as recommended in Consumer?
    Or would it better to keep buying flat whites when we go out probably 3 times a week for the 2 of us, I drink a lot of tea at home but enjoy a coffee after our evening meal which is usually from a plunger hate instant coffee.
    So is it worth spending $700/800 or keep buying from cafe's ?

    If you can get good results out of it, then yes it's definitely worth it. I worked out to make one at home is costing me about $1 - $1.20 with beans milk etc. I managed to "pay off" a $3000 coffee machine (A Rocket http://www.rocket-espresso.com/) in less than 2 years with 2 of us making 2 cups a day each - when a cafe is about $4 - $5 per cup.
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    Default Re: Should I buy an Expresso machine

    Quote Originally Posted by bk T View Post
    Bought one about 2 years ago - it broke down after 2 months of use, sent it back and they replaced with a brand new one which lasted from just over a year, to be exact, 1 year + 3months, it started to give all sorts of problems, gave up and am now with instant coffee.
    Similar to what I experienced. Got to like Late's, Espresso's, etc, because had one at work. So got use to the fine coffees the company got for us. So got one for home, and a filtered element type. Playing up a little and as years went by, I could not taste much difference between the various types, and the fact spending time to select/try different blends. So back to instant coffee.

    But if starting out might be worth a bit of trial/error to see if it suits - long term
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