after many comfortable Sunbeam EM6910 years making ordinary coffee ordinary, then an interlude for a year or two with an automatic slurry machine, and now confined to a - gulp - pod machine - it's time to straighten my life out and develop an improved tasting experience with a decent espresso machine and grinder. So I'm joining the forum, and hopefully getting a few ideas along the way for making the correct decision in my current decaffeinated state.
The auto machine was for my wife to use - but I still made most of the coffees anyway. The pod machine was a whim, and mildly successful taste-wise but not much of a buzzzzz if you know what I mean. And the Sunbeam was loud, steam was poor, and after replacing the electronics and coping with the rust, I sold it along with my Bezzera grinder.
So I'm thinking Rancilio Silvia V4 package with Rocky, then I move onto an Expobar Leva, then I decide that the dual boiler Expobar Minore IV might be the better option. All that for between 2 and 5 coffees a day (more on the weekends).
So that's me - approaching middle age (middle age is always ten years older than I am at any time) and a growing family (not yet old enough to appreciate coffee) and a wife who cannot function without a decent morning coffee (hence the dire need to get away from inferior solutions). Most of my morning coffees follow a bike ride - and are coffee-shop based.
Well, that's probably enough for me for a first post. Looking forward to joining the chat.