My husband was in Vancouver so he went and visited Espresso Tec. Service was amazing. He ended up buying the Saeco Aroma Inox and we are loving it. I am mostly a latte girl and a complete novice but for a first espresso machine we are really happy. The price was right ($350). We also purchased the Baratza Maestro Plus grinder.
When we looked at the Gaggia Pure it seemed to flimsy (plastic, plastic everywhere) which then had us looking at the higher end Gaggia's which were more $$$ than we wanted to spend.
As for having the pressuried porta-filter, we get consistently good espresso everytime - which is all we need for now.
Thanks for all the advice. Colin suggested the Aroma to me when I initially emailed him and his advice was perfect for our needs.
Last edit: 12 years 5 months ago by joanna.
12 years 5 months ago - 12 years 5 months ago#3798by Barista Man
Congrats, hope you enjoy it! How is the Maestro Plus treating you? I bought an espresso pure and the basic maestro with the portaholder (awesome $20 attachment, holds my portafilter in place while I pace the kitchen). My grinder is on almost the finest for espresso and the coarsest for french press, could stand to go coarser still . . .