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Not the lowest price ever, it was $430 on the Bloomingdales sale.

But I have one and it's a great machine. Steep price compared to some of the $99 pump machines, but the Stainless Steel construction and features makes cleanup a lot easier.


There's tons of like-able features, the handle on the reservoir is quite well designed. There's a hidden storage area behind the drip tray (which automatically pulls out when you pull out the tray). The top serves as a cup warmer. The automatic grinder is nice which you can override at any time.

The hot water spout is nice for making cafe americanos (i.e. regular coffee). The steaming wand gets a pretty fine foam for good cappuccinos or lattes.


There are only 3 gripes:
-To get the single-wall cups to work, I have to set the grind setting at 2 (pretty low). Took me a while to figure it out, but you'll get a much better brew with the single wall cups (you're relying on the grind to provide back-pressure rather than the cup). The double-wall (pressurized) cups will still give you a decent cup (i.e. starbucks quality), just not the best.
-By default the machine is configured to make a 1oz shot, usually shots are 1.3-1.5oz. Fortunately you can reprogram the quantity of water each button does, but it requires work.
-The dial on the side is governed by switches. If you don't rotate the dial all the way (until you hear the click), the steaming/hot water won't activate.


But overall it is a great machine!


For espresso I've been using Red Bird Espresso ($12 / lb), but the next step is roasting my own beans with a popcorn maker (need to find the right type). Red Bird is a well-rounded espresso, flavorful for drinking, but not overwhelming to overpower a latte or cappuccino. Don't use grocery store garbage, especially the stuff that comes from those bins. Rather get the vacuum bags than the bin crap.
http://redbirdcoffee.com/products...d-espresso
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Not the lowest price ever, it was $430 on the Bloomingdales sale.

But I have one and it's a great machine. Steep price compared to some of the $99 pump machines, but the Stainless Steel construction and features makes cleanup a lot easier.


There's tons of like-able features, the handle on the reservoir is quite well designed. There's a hidden storage area behind the drip tray (which automatically pulls out when you pull out the tray). The top serves as a cup warmer. The automatic grinder is nice which you can override at any time.

The hot water spout is nice for making cafe americanos (i.e. regular coffee). The steaming wand gets a pretty fine foam for good cappuccinos or lattes.


There are only 3 gripes:
-To get the single-wall cups to work, I have to set the grind setting at 2 (pretty low). Took me a while to figure it out, but you'll get a much better brew with the single wall cups (you're relying on the grind to provide back-pressure rather than the cup). The double-wall (pressurized) cups will still give you a decent cup (i.e. starbucks quality), just not the best.
-By default the machine is configured to make a 1oz shot, usually shots are 1.3-1.5oz. Fortunately you can reprogram the quantity of water each button does, but it requires work.
-The dial on the side is governed by switches. If you don't rotate the dial all the way (until you hear the click), the steaming/hot water won't activate.


But overall it is a great machine!


For espresso I've been using Red Bird Espresso ($12 / lb), but the next step is roasting my own beans with a popcorn maker (need to find the right type). Red Bird is a well-rounded espresso, flavorful for drinking, but not overwhelming to overpower a latte or cappuccino. Don't use grocery store garbage, especially the stuff that comes from those bins. Rather get the vacuum bags than the bin crap.
http://redbirdcoffee.com/products...d-espresso
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Not the lowest price ever, it was $430 on the Bloomingdales sale.

But I have one and it's a great machine. Steep price compared to some of the $99 pump machines, but the Stainless Steel construction and features makes cleanup a lot easier.


There's tons of like-able features, the handle on the reservoir is quite well designed. There's a hidden storage area behind the drip tray (which automatically pulls out when you pull out the tray). The top serves as a cup warmer. The automatic grinder is nice which you can override at any time.

The hot water spout is nice for making cafe americanos (i.e. regular coffee). The steaming wand gets a pretty fine foam for good cappuccinos or lattes.


There are only 3 gripes:
-To get the single-wall cups to work, I have to set the grind setting at 2 (pretty low). Took me a while to figure it out, but you'll get a much better brew with the single wall cups (you're relying on the grind to provide back-pressure rather than the cup). The double-wall (pressurized) cups will still give you a decent cup (i.e. starbucks quality), just not the best.
-By default the machine is configured to make a 1oz shot, usually shots are 1.3-1.5oz. Fortunately you can reprogram the quantity of water each button does, but it requires work.
-The dial on the side is governed by switches. If you don't rotate the dial all the way (until you hear the click), the steaming/hot water won't activate.


But overall it is a great machine!


For espresso I've been using Red Bird Espresso ($12 / lb), but the next step is roasting my own beans with a popcorn maker (need to find the right type). Red Bird is a well-rounded espresso, flavorful for drinking, but not overwhelming to overpower a latte or cappuccino. Don't use grocery store garbage, especially the stuff that comes from those bins. Rather get the vacuum bags than the bin crap.
http://redbirdcoffee.com/products...d-espresso

thanks for the overview...
if you're really going to roast your own beans, and you're into coffee that much, get a proper roaster, you'll be much happier with much more control over the outcome. that is unless you just want to monkey with it and see if it's something you want to invest a bit more in later.
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Nevermind. I don't need this.
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thanks for the overview...
if you're really going to roast your own beans, and you're into coffee that much, get a proper roaster, you'll be much happier with much more control over the outcome. that is unless you just want to monkey with it and see if it's something you want to invest a bit more in later.
Actually, even professionals say there's not much difference to a proper roaster.

The main thing you gain is volume. A real roaster can do several pounds vs ~1/2 cup in a popcorn maker. You gain some temperature control, but that's not so critical and can be managed by balancing airflow.


The main thing is you need the right kind (air slits on the bottom corners). The ones will the screens on the bottom are a no-no and you'll start your house on fire quickly.
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Not the lowest price ever, it was $430 on the Bloomingdales sale.

But I have one and it's a great machine. Steep price compared to some of the $99 pump machines, but the Stainless Steel construction and features makes cleanup a lot easier.


There's tons of like-able features, the handle on the reservoir is quite well designed. There's a hidden storage area behind the drip tray (which automatically pulls out when you pull out the tray). The top serves as a cup warmer. The automatic grinder is nice which you can override at any time.

The hot water spout is nice for making cafe americanos (i.e. regular coffee). The steaming wand gets a pretty fine foam for good cappuccinos or lattes.


There are only 3 gripes:
-To get the single-wall cups to work, I have to set the grind setting at 2 (pretty low). Took me a while to figure it out, but you'll get a much better brew with the single wall cups (you're relying on the grind to provide back-pressure rather than the cup). The double-wall (pressurized) cups will still give you a decent cup (i.e. starbucks quality), just not the best.
-By default the machine is configured to make a 1oz shot, usually shots are 1.3-1.5oz. Fortunately you can reprogram the quantity of water each button does, but it requires work.
-The dial on the side is governed by switches. If you don't rotate the dial all the way (until you hear the click), the steaming/hot water won't activate.


But overall it is a great machine!


For espresso I've been using Red Bird Espresso ($12 / lb), but the next step is roasting my own beans with a popcorn maker (need to find the right type). Red Bird is a well-rounded espresso, flavorful for drinking, but not overwhelming to overpower a latte or cappuccino. Don't use grocery store garbage, especially the stuff that comes from those bins. Rather get the vacuum bags than the bin crap.
http://redbirdcoffee.com/products...d-espresso

Oh, and always, always, always, run an empty double-shot before your brew.


Coffee grounds will stick to the head and affect your shot (over-pressure and over-extraction). Running an empty shot purges them.
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I dunno, I don't get a lot of drinks, but I go to Starbucks once a week.

I make a great latte for $1 at home. 1 per week saves $200 per year.
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Not the lowest price ever, it was $430 on the Bloomingdales sale.

But I have one and it's a great machine. Steep price compared to some of the $99 pump machines, but the Stainless Steel construction and features makes cleanup a lot easier.


There's tons of like-able features, the handle on the reservoir is quite well designed. There's a hidden storage area behind the drip tray (which automatically pulls out when you pull out the tray). The top serves as a cup warmer. The automatic grinder is nice which you can override at any time.

The hot water spout is nice for making cafe americanos (i.e. regular coffee). The steaming wand gets a pretty fine foam for good cappuccinos or lattes.


There are only 3 gripes:
-To get the single-wall cups to work, I have to set the grind setting at 2 (pretty low). Took me a while to figure it out, but you'll get a much better brew with the single wall cups (you're relying on the grind to provide back-pressure rather than the cup). The double-wall (pressurized) cups will still give you a decent cup (i.e. starbucks quality), just not the best.
-By default the machine is configured to make a 1oz shot, usually shots are 1.3-1.5oz. Fortunately you can reprogram the quantity of water each button does, but it requires work.
-The dial on the side is governed by switches. If you don't rotate the dial all the way (until you hear the click), the steaming/hot water won't activate.


But overall it is a great machine!


For espresso I've been using Red Bird Espresso ($12 / lb), but the next step is roasting my own beans with a popcorn maker (need to find the right type). Red Bird is a well-rounded espresso, flavorful for drinking, but not overwhelming to overpower a latte or cappuccino. Don't use grocery store garbage, especially the stuff that comes from those bins. Rather get the vacuum bags than the bin crap.
http://redbirdcoffee.com/products...d-espresso
I havent watch this machine for very long time. according to ccc, this is the lowest from amazon.

$430 is amazing deal though
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I got a remanufactured one off an Canadian authorized dealer on ebay (~$350 USD) last week and couldn't be happier. I went from a Keurig to a Nespresso to the Breville. Should've gone straight for the Breville, but hey starting from a grad student budget it was tough to shell out that much up front. Normally takes about 5 minutes each morning to pull 2x double shots as a flat white to take to go.

Still playing around with different beans and grind settings and tamping, but so far it's heaven with the Blue Bottle Hayes Valley Espresso. I work a few blocks from one of the locations so it's easy to walk over and pick up a bag or two per week. Pricy, but worth it. #thatcremathough

https://bluebottlecoffee.com/stor...y-espresso
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I believe this model is also on sale for the same price from Best Buy or Best Buy via eBay, giving you guys some more cashback/points options.
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How does this compare to the 900XL?
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Actually, even professionals say there's not much difference to a proper roaster.

The main thing you gain is volume. A real roaster can do several pounds vs ~1/2 cup in a popcorn maker. You gain some temperature control, but that's not so critical and can be managed by balancing airflow.


The main thing is you need the right kind (air slits on the bottom corners). The ones will the screens on the bottom are a no-no and you'll start your house on fire quickly.
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there is a difference... quite a bit. controlling temperature and airflow is meaningful.
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