Need recommendations for an espresso maker?

  1. Mr Roo wants one and I'd like to buy him one for Father's Day.

    The only prerequisite is that it not take up a lot of counter space...

    We're in Seattle so there is an oversaturation of coffee-stuff so I need some help weeding the good stuff out from the crap...

    TIA! :tup:
     
  2. I love my Rancilio Sylvia, and I have a Rocky grinder. The grinder is at least as important as the espresso maker. It's amazing how many different kinds of machines there are, and how differently they all function.

    I bought mine from wholelattelove.com. They have lots of reviews, and their customer service is terrific. I also got a lot of information from the forums at CoffeeGeek.com:

    http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums

    I pored over this stuff for days and days before I made my choice. The only change I would have made would have been on the grinder, I would have bought the doserless Rocky vs. the doser Rocky. I didn't take the time to understand the difference.
     
  3. i'm super lazy so i got a nespresso. no grinding required and no clean-up either!

    this is the one i have..

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    the coffee is much better than you'd expect from espresso capsules, not to even begin talking about starbucks espresso :yucky: