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heart Buddy, where is my $100 espresso - cappuccino machine?

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3 years 2 months ago #4899 by colin
Great question today: Can I buy an espresso machine with a budget of $100?

Here is why the entry level espresso machine in my opinion is $500+

There is no machine that makes espresso for much under $400 -- because the components involved
have to be high quality to tolerate the high pressures involved.

For me - the lowest acceptable bar is the GAGGIA CLASSIC - I had one, it had just the right amount of solid stuff to make actual espresso without much if any plastic -
and all semi-commercial grade components. www.espressotec.com/gaggia-classic-stain...presso-machine-5975/

Here is another reason why there is no such thing as a $100 espresso machine - the parts.

A "Ulka" vibration pump that goes into every espresso machine is $65 to $100 -- just the one part.

A good solid metal portafilter is $50 to $75

The metal group head assembly is around $75

The materials for a solid metal case is around $50 to $75

Switches and wire - $35

Labour, assembly, manufacture and shipping - $100.

Hence the price tag for something that can produce a genuine espresso.

Some of my regular readers are not what I would call purists, but their kitchens often contain machines valued between $1000 and $3000 just for the machinery.

Personally - I no longer do espresso for the waste of water and mis-pulled shots and wear and tear on equipment.

So there you have it - stock answer - entry level for a decent shot of espresso - without even considering the grinder -- is $500.
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