Coffee Connoisseurs out there?? ADVICE PLS..

  1. Attention all coffee experts...I seek thy wisdom!:graucho: hehehe

    I love coffee...espresso...etc, etc...but I am far from being an expert...

    I am planning on purchasing my parents a simple espresso/coffee machine yet with all the high functions. I'm not really sure where to look or what brands to look for. Also, I need advice on the details dealing with the filter, boiler and etc....What should I be looking out for?

    I guess I want a machine to take both grind and pods? Not sure if one is better than the other.... help.

    I'm not opening up a Starbucks in my I'm not looking in spending thousands of dollars...anything within my budget of less than $500.

    THANKS!!! :p