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As I wrote last time this picture showed up: a $25K commercial espresso machine (and that would be a low-end model) is way overkill for a domestic kitchen.

That said now I want a cappuccino.
Some people like their coffee, as the British like their tea.
*sips tea*
Meanwhile i am like
Incoming deadline .
Drinking redbull intensifies ..
HaruhiToy said:
As I wrote last time this picture showed up: a $25K commercial espresso machine (and that would be a low-end model) is way overkill for a domestic kitchen.
The wedding gift from a relative that you are obligated to keep...

Curiosity killed the cat - I had to check the prices of commercial espresso machines: baseline machines ~$5K
Kiho said:
Curiosity killed the cat - I had to check the prices of commercial espresso machines:
Actually you are right. They sure have come down in price over the last several years.
Am I the only one to notice the cute Whale on the right?
I wonder if it's a toy or something.
You can get a pretty good espresso machine for $1200, but you also have to consider the grinder. At the lower end, that will add another $500 for something good enough to produce a consistent espresso grind. It's also better in the long run to add another $300 to the bill for an entry-level roaster (and a scale) because green beans are half the price of roasted beans (around $7/lb after you account for the ~15% mass reduction during the roast process). The initial cost is $2k, but the cost per cup around $0.50 if you include milk for a cappuccino and round up. If a cappuccino normally costs $3, you "break even" after 800 cups, which is under 1.5 years if you drink 1-2 cups (1.5) per day. I actually prefer making americanos, though, which are closer to $0.25/cup; it's easier to taste the espresso without the milk overshadowing it, and they still taste good cold.

Of course, it's cheaper overall to simply consume fewer espresso drinks, but a home setup is less expensive over time if you already purchase espresso drinks regularly.
kyouma123 said:
You can get a pretty good espresso machine for $1200, but you also have to consider the grinder.
What I have is a Gaggia Titanium -- currently retail is less than $700 and it is a full automatic. That means it includes the grinder. That's my 2nd of that model and the prior one cost about $900.

What you pay for in an espresso machine is mostly durability. It is one thing if you make 1-2 cups a day. If you are serving 500 shots a day like a typical coffee shop my machine would be ready for the junk heap in short order.
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