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Super-Automatic espresso machine < $1k

Looking for super-automatics for < $1k.

Requirements:

1. Removable milk container. Want to be able to put it back in the fridge - and then pull it out when I want a Cappucino
2. Reasonably sized footprint
3. Removable brew group for cleanup....
4. REasonable customization. Wifey likes long pull espresso/short americanos... I like milk based drinks (easier on my stomach)

We make about 5 Cups per day...

I recall some deep discussions on this topic in the past. I have no interest in manual systems no matter how good. I have a nice Francis machine if I want to get technical. I'm looking for something easy.
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Thanks, Spent plenty of time there but there are so many choices. Looking for personal experience.
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I think you’re going to have a hard time <$1k.

IMO removable milk container = lots of cleaning and the novelty wears off reaaaaal quick.
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I bought a refurbished Gaggia Brera from WLL for about $400. Iím very happy with it so far.
It doesnít have a removable milk tray, but that is actually one of the things that I like.
Most of the superautomatics have the auto froth feature. But the Brera has a traditional steam arm. So while the grinding and tamping is done automatically steaming the milk is done manually and takes a little skill.
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Thanks, Spent plenty of time there but there are so many choices. Looking for personal experience.
Good luck to you.

To make my decision I went through the litany of machines and reviews. What sold me was the WLL review because if you read between the lines you could tell they were impressed with the machine.

So do your due diligence.

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I can steam some pretty mean foam with my Francis. Just don’t want to. . To your point Gogar, the milk system needs to be self cleaning. I’ve seen those that had to be constantly disassembled. No fun.
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The built-in milk gizmo seems like overkill. We pour milk, cream, half&half, - whatever - into the cup and then steam it. Works great.
Do they have automatic sugar and flavor syrup dispensers too?
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So is grinding, tamping, tapping, etc...

We're about to have the manual vs. tiptronic vs. DSG debate.
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Looking only for new machines? I have a Jura Z5 that I could be convinced to part ways with due to lack of use (have great alternative at the office)
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Looking only for new machines? I have a Jura Z5 that I could be convinced to part ways with due to lack of use (have great alternative at the office)
I probably would, but could almost guarantee the wife would put the Kibosh on that. 😀. What my sales pitch?
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I go breville creatista for my home in charlotte. it worked so well and reliably, I go one for my home in san diego as well. limited to nespresso product but its ease of use and cleaning is the attraction.

I have a beast of a la marzocco machine in my garage/man room...it would satisfy the espresso snob. it is sweet but honestly not materially better than the creatatistas and it was 10x the cost.
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Looking only for new machines? I have a Jura Z5 that I could be convinced to part ways with due to lack of use (have great alternative at the office)
that is a good machine for any home!
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I go breville creatista for my home in charlotte. it worked so well and reliably, I go one for my home in san diego as well. limited to nespresso product but its ease of use and cleaning is the attraction.

I have a beast of a la marzocco machine in my garage/man room...it would satisfy the espresso snob. it is sweet but honestly not materially better than the creatatistas and it was 10x the cost.
And I thought I was insane. But NOOOOO...someone is finally better at it than I am...
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I've been looking at this one:

https://www.wholelattelove.com/delonghi-magnifica-s-cappuccino-smart-ecam-23-260-sb

Has what I need. Main complaint is that the beans don't always feed properly. Can you poke any holes in it given what I mentioned above?
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I would pay $100+ to go to an event and taste espressos made from different machines.

I'm doing a double a day in the afternoon with the Saeco Mike sent me. Have tried different tamping techniques and am happy with the results. I've used 3 different espresso beans and each one is radically different from the other. All have been good but not the same flavor as what I've had in restaurants.

What beans are people using?
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I have the Ena Micro 5 from Jura. Costco has them on sale frequently. Just a couple weeks ago for $650, if you rush.

No, no milk ... but I have that setup at work. It is a total mess to clean up. The milk jug is chilled, but there is a silicone tube that's going to the serving area that is not, and it has cheese growing in it on Monday if nobody shuts it down before the weekend and cleans it all out. The milk components are also the ones to go out because of the calcium / mineral build up. Nozzles, valves etc. Sure, you want "all automatic" but if you have to eff with the machine an hour every week and rebuild it every year, what's the upside?

I put milk in the microwave and hit it with a couple shots. The machine makes so much crema with the coffee that i still have a foam effect. If I want to get fancy, we have one of those battery operated frothers (size of an electric tooth brush).

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I've been looking at this one:

https://www.wholelattelove.com/delonghi-magnifica-s-cappuccino-smart-ecam-23-260-sb

Has what I need. Main complaint is that the beans don't always feed properly. Can you poke any holes in it given what I mentioned above?
How big is the water reservoir and how easy is it to fill? All that rinsing and cleaning is going to take some water.
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I have the Ena Micro 5 from Jura. Costco has them on sale frequently. Just a couple weeks ago for $650, if you rush.

No, no milk ... but I have that setup at work. It is a total mess to clean up. The milk jug is chilled, but there is a silicone tube that's going to the serving area that is not, and it has cheese growing in it on Monday if nobody shuts it down before the weekend and cleans it all out. The milk components are also the ones to go out because of the calcium / mineral build up. Nozzles, valves etc. Sure, you want "all automatic" but if you have to eff with the machine an hour every week and rebuild it every year, what's the upside?

I put milk in the microwave and hit it with a couple shots. The machine makes so much crema with the coffee that i still have a foam effect. If I want to get fancy, we have one of those battery operated frothers (size of an electric tooth brush).

Cheers,

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Yup. I have one each of the juras at work and at home. I only break out the milk equipment for guests or important meetings. Everyone else can nuke some milk and whiz it with the electric tooth brush. Way too much work otherwise. I just want espresso/americano, and I want it NOW!

The Ena was intriguing when I bought the last bigger one - given that I don't really care about hot milk action. I hope it's as reliable as the mainline models...
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