Never wanted to be a coffee-snob but I'm dying a painful death trying to find a blend that tastes good through my Tim Horton's coffee-maker. Alas, I have resigned to buy a proper machine. My wife just started to enjoy latte's so that's also an impetus. (I'm tired of pumping that little Bodum plus it's Christmastime).
Throw me a bone, one of you passionate people. I'm willing to spend about $800 on a proper machine, with a built-in grinder, and I'll take any recommendation for a favourite bean to throw into it. All you experts out there: What would you buy?
You may want to consider the La Pavoni Napolitana \"combo\" @ available @ $550 from those guys! (& they are not that that far from the US price (only extra $30))
www.creativecookware.com has a very nice deal on Silvia + Rocky @880(if you do not want the base) if I am not mistaken but be ready to spend hours and hours of \"training\" to make that perfect espresso you can achieve with Silvia + Rocky (tremendous amount of data on the web)
As an fyi... I am still trying to figure out which first espresso/coffee machine to get & the two combo above are two I am still considering!
Many thanks, guys. That is a good website. There is also one called the Saeco Magic Cappuccino Combi (w/Grinder) that would seem to suit my needs. I can't find a review on it but perhaps you'd care to comment? Merci, encore.