aindfan wrote:Hello everyone!
...... Now, I'm looking for a cheap but decent espresso machine for my dorm room. I'm hoping someone can point me towards a pump driven machine that's under $100.
Do you already have a grinder? More than one (thousand) person(s) has(ve) ended up with an espresso machine up in a cabinet after a number of frustrating mornings. Sure, you can get a cheap machine that takes pods and be happy with that but the cost of pods does not meet with a student's budget...Here's the advice I have given lots of folks:
COFFEE MAKER - Aerobie Aeropress - It doesn't make "real" espresso, but within a wide range of parameters it makes the best strong espresso-ish coffee you probably have ever tasted. Once the water is hot and the coffee is ground, you can have a double in about 30 seconds. I can just about guarantee that you will get better and more consistent results with this than with an economy espresso machine as you are considering. It is also very portable. Cost - $25
GRINDER - The Cuisinart from Costco, or similar will work. With the Aeropress you could even get away with a whirly blade cheapie. I would recommend spending as much as possible on a grinder, but your $100 budget is a limiting factor here. Since you can't afford a $200-300 grinder, the Cuisinart will work fine with the Aeropress. Cost - $15-35
MILK FROTHER - This could be something as simple as one of the battery operated whippers, but a used, thrift store steam-driven espresso machine would do quite well in this regard. Cost: $10-30
HOT WATER: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000K9TY5S
This is a sale on an electric, cordless kettle: Remanufactured Cuisinart CJK-17BC Cordless Electric Jug Kettle, Brushed Stainless Steel ($20.00). Of course, the water could come from the steam-driven machine, a tea kettle, or even a second-hand percolator. A microwave works well too! Cost - $0-20
The only thing you need now is a source of quality, whole bean coffee
TOTAL: $50 to $110 or so (maybe less).