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This review is from: DeLonghi EC155 Pump Espresso Maker Black
Pros: One of the cheapest pump driven makers. Frothing wand works pretty good once you master it's use.
Cons: Somewhat weak espresso. Durability? A bit on the noisy side, but not too bad.
Other Thoughts: After 5 years of using cheaper steam espresso makers my wife bought me this model for my birthday - a huge improvement over steam! After 13 months - 1 month out of warranty - the heating block gave out. I was so used to how this machine works, and was low on $$$, so I bought another exactly like it. This second one is 15 months old and so far doing well. I am almost hoping this one dies as I want to try a fancier machine, but can't bring myself to throw it out! While owning this machine I have started buying "green" coffee beans and roasting them at home - the best way to get the best espresso - now I need that higher end machine!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cuisinart DBM-8 Stainless Steel Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
Pros: I have had mine for over 2 years and it is still working fine. This is at the low end for a burr grinder.
Cons: One of the loudest grinders I have ever used! I have to grind every night before going to bed so i don't wake up the whole house! The catch container has a LOT of static cling, especially when finely ground for espresso. Could be a little more consistent on the grind.
Other Thoughts: If money is a concern, you can't go wrong!READ FULL REVIEW