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The Best Espresso Machine Under £500



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Lelit Anna*: https://geni.us/lelitanna
Delonghi Dedica*: https://geni.us/dedica
Rancilio Silvia: https://geni.us/silvia
Sage Bambino Plus*: https://geni.us/bambinoplus
Gaggia Classic Pro: https://geni.us/gaggiaclassicpro

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  1. Is it possible to mod the Delonghi Dedica to make a good espresso, e.g. as good as the Gaggia?

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  2. Summary: 18:10

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  3. I have a Gaggia Classic that I bought around 2011 and used daily until 2016 when I put it away for a few months during a move and it never worked again. I remember it as a bit of a maintenance heavy machine (constant descaling and disassembling to clean the group head), is this going to be so with every machine or did I get a particularly bad one? Wondering because I miss proper espresso and thinking of getting a new one 🙂

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  4. OMG how have I not found you before now! Loving the content.
    I’m running a Gaggia Classic (the new solenoid valve). And the Sage grinder from your budget £250 set up video. Would really like to know more about modding the Gaggia pressure spring. Btw, loved the Bripe video. We laughed out loud, but strangely drawn to it. ❤

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  5. It's crazy how much more expensive these machines are now in just 2 years time

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  6. "So I've upgraded my spoon selection, that's very important" – you're damn right it is, James.

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  7. 12 years of pleasure with my trusty Rancilio Silvia built like a tank. No rost, no issue, good coffees if paired with a quality grinder. Little Pump ULKA had to be changed after 5 years for 15 EUR that’s it. Only downside : not enough steam pressure in comparison to commercial machines. No reason to change.

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  8. I wish this had the breville bambino

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  9. What basket would you use if single shots are your go to?

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  10. Hi James, or anyone in the community, what is your thoughts on the 2nd gen francis francis X1? thank you!

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  11. I am in America and while I have made and served espresso at work to customers I consider myself a novice in the matter. Two of my children seem to think they are experts on the matter. I think the one at least is just highly opinionated. I think coffee is a very personal preference that has been molded by Starbucks at the "gold standard" for the generation. Enough said on that other than to say I have high standards to live up to when serving coffee to my own children as a result and I do not like to disappoint so I need some help. After watching your reviews three times and pouring over reviews on Amazon I found a few I would be willing to invest in but need some information those reviewers did not cover and I was not able to glean from pictures and descriptions on line. I couldn't tell if any of these models 1) had a float in the drip tray 2) had a see through water reservoir or how easy it would be to refill 3) how LOUD the machine was (extremely important as I will not use it in the morning if it is too loud) 4) how much steam they generate while in operation. I was wondering if you or your followers might know. from least expensive on my list to most expensive there is: Gaggia R19380/52 Classic Pro 30th anniversary special edition @ $596.64, Breville Duo Temp Pro Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel @ $449.95,

    Breville Infuser Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel @ $599.95, Breville Bambino Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel @ $349.95. I chose these for ease of use, consistency of performance, foot print, and longevity of product according to reviews in my price range. With inflation at appx. $8.00 a cup once a week that is $416.00 spent for one person which puts all of these in the running. I just wish there was somewhere close to me that I could visit and have them demonstrate them so I could see and hear them for myself before purchasing. I am only looking at new because I am not sure I want to jump into cleaning up and modifying something before I get comfortable learning to work with it as it is intended from the manufacturer first. But that is nice to know that is an option with these models and that there is a community I can tap into if should decide to go that route at a later date.

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  12. Just discovered this channel after getting really into speciality coffees over the last 12 months,
    Love this guy 🤜🤛👍

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  13. Rancilio is bombproof.

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  14. Hi love your videos,
    I think you miss the quick mill 0820, I would love to know your opinion on it.

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  15. I was watching this video while sipping an excellent cappuccino from my Delonghi Dedica.

    I don''t know how coffee can get better than what I can make with my Delonghi. I've never gotten better coffee even from Italy.

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  16. I wish you would do a "Best Espresso Machine under $250" episode. Great channel !

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  17. I've had much better success with the milk steaming and frothing on my Gaggia Classic Pro by starting the process of steaming the milk at 25-30 seconds from hitting the milk steamer button rather than waiting for the light to come on.
    Every time I wait for the light to come on its always disappointing, but starting steaming at 25-30sec after a quick purge means the boiler is continually working rather than getting to temp and switching off, losing pressure

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  18. Hellou pls help me rancilio silvia or lelit pl41tem? ❤

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  19. Just ordered the Sage for £179 on an what seems a good deal. Looking forward to trying it 🙂

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  20. Coming back to this I can see that the person labeling the chapters had some fun with it 🙂

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  21. I forgot What I watched here. I'm at hospital. Can anyone tell me which one won in Espresso Battle? Idc about steaming milk since i'm lactose intolerant 😐

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