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Best Buy has KitchenAid Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine (KES6404BM) on sale for $279.99. Shipping is free, otherwise select free store curbside pickup where stock permits.

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  • Smart Temperature Sensors heat water up to the ideal brewing temperature in less than 45 seconds
  • Cup warmer on top preheats your cups
  • Prepare 1 or 2 espresso shots at a time

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    • Includes: Espresso Machine, Portafilter, Coffee Scoop, Tamper, Steam Wand, Milk Pitcher, Water Tank, Filter Baskets, Drip Tray, Automatic Milk Frother Attachment, Milk Tank, Cleaning Brush
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This is for espresso, lattes, and cappuccino not a coffee maker
All very good points, indeed. The milk frothing attachment is really the biggest selling point for spending this amount of money, I think. I'll add that KitchenAid's warranty, at least for me, has been second-to-none. They've replaced mixers for me with no questions asked, so I'd assume their service on this type of appliance is about the same.

Still have to reiterate the importance of a good grinder to allow this machine to work to its full potential. If someone is entry-level and trying to pull good shots out of this, they shouldn't think they can do it with any old $50 grinder off the Kohl's shelf.
This is actually a lot of machine for the money. There isn't a single cheaper machine with a standard 58mm basket. Automatic milk frothing is a rare and expensive feature on manual machines.

There are also significant downsides. I think these like Calphalon machines are made by sunbeam. Schematics and replacement parts are not available. No idea if the pressure is properly regulated or adjustable. The casing is plastic apart from the more expensive stainless model.

Edit: The Calphalon iQ and Amazon Commercial espresso machines have the same 3-eared 58mm portafilter design. These machines probably share components and perform similarly. Still haven't seen a technical review, schematic, or teardown of any of them.

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Been looking to get into a real coffee maker and get rid of this Keurig. Anyone got experience?
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Been looking to get into a real coffee maker and get rid of this Keurig. Anyone got experience?
Same here in replacing a Keurig. Just bought the Gaggia Anima deal that was posted for $480. That one is fully automatic
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Would amazon price match?
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Been looking to get into a real coffee maker and get rid of this Keurig. Anyone got experience?
This is for espresso, lattes, and cappuccino not a coffee maker
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Same here in replacing a Keurig. Just bought the Gaggia Anima deal that was posted for $480. That one is fully automatic
That Gaggia Anima is also for espresso and espresso-based milk drinks. Sure, it can pull a lungo or an americano but if you got it to replace a Keurig, you may find yourself still keeping the Keurig next to it. I love my superautomatic but sometimes I just want a nice cup of drip coffee from a specific bag of beans.

To all: I own a couple KitchenAid appliances myself but man, this espresso machine is way overpriced. Unless you just want it to look beautiful on your countertop, one can get the same specs for a lot less. At $280, it's halfway to that Gaggia machine that was posted a couple days ago.

By the way, you'll still need a good grinder with this machine. If you settle for anything subpar, you may never pull good shots. In my opinion, a good espresso grinder in itself will cost more than $280.
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This is actually a lot of machine for the money. There isn't a single cheaper machine with a standard 58mm basket. Automatic milk frothing is a rare and expensive feature on manual machines.

There are also significant downsides. I think these like Calphalon machines are made by sunbeam. Schematics and replacement parts are not available. No idea if the pressure is properly regulated or adjustable. The casing is plastic apart from the more expensive stainless model.

Edit: The Calphalon iQ and Amazon Commercial espresso machines have the same 3-eared 58mm portafilter design. These machines probably share components and perform similarly. Still haven't seen a technical review, schematic, or teardown of any of them.
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This is actually a lot of machine for the money. There isn't a single cheaper machine with a standard 58mm basket. Automatic milk frothing is a rare and expensive feature on manual machines.

There are also significant downsides. I think these like Calphalon machines are made by sunbeam. Schematics and replacement parts are not available. No idea if the pressure is properly regulated or adjustable. The casing is plastic apart from the more expensive stainless model.
All very good points, indeed. The milk frothing attachment is really the biggest selling point for spending this amount of money, I think. I'll add that KitchenAid's warranty, at least for me, has been second-to-none. They've replaced mixers for me with no questions asked, so I'd assume their service on this type of appliance is about the same.

Still have to reiterate the importance of a good grinder to allow this machine to work to its full potential. If someone is entry-level and trying to pull good shots out of this, they shouldn't think they can do it with any old $50 grinder off the Kohl's shelf.
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Seems like a killer deal to me, but the whole concept of the "Automatic Milk Frother" seems rather cumbersome to me. It seems like it would be a lot easier to just use the steam wand like you normally would. The automatic frother just makes the cleanup more complicated, IMO. I guess a lot of people want to avoid manually steaming at all cost. Anyway, this would be a great deal for only the espresso machine, which usually lists for $400, but also getting the automatic frother is a nice bonus I suppose.

The fact that it comes with pressurized and un-pressurized baskets is a nice bonus too. Breville stopped doing that with their cheaper machines. The metal frothing pitcher looks nice too.
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Been looking to get into a real coffee maker and get rid of this Keurig. Anyone got experience?
Same here. Waiting for another deal on the Philips LatteGo 3200

https://www.amazon.com/Philips-Au...4MXM&psc=1
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Semi-automatic machine, hmmm
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Here is the amazon link for reviews:
https://www.amazon.com/product-re...filter-bar

The 2 star reviewer has me scared of buying this. Says it's built wonderfully, but the actual pressure and water temp are poorly set and it makes bitter espresso every time.

I MIGHT get it with the intention of returning it if it preforms bad like I think it will. I have 80% confidence in the 2 star reviewer.

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Pro Tip - Don't look at the product page, look at the product manual.

Link to product manual:
https://www.kitchenaid.com/conten...=kes6404bm
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Same here. Waiting for another deal on the Philips LatteGo 3200

https://www.amazon.com/Philips-Au...4MXM&psc=1
That's the one I'm trying to hold out for. But yesterday I came across the Mr coffee espresso maker. Now I can't decide.
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I just ordered blind. I had a deal notification for a machine for awhile after my older machine kicked the bucket. It was time.
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