I am currently in the midst of having a new home built, and as a treat to myself I'm looking to get a higher end espresso machine. It took a lot of convincing the wife, but I somehow also got her to agree to it as well having the water source plumbed...
Currently, I use a 1970's La Pavoni Europiccola which I absolutely love and adore. I've had her for a number of years and she suits my needs for a one and done type of morning. However, we are moving in the same neighborhood as about 7-8 other family members, who will be over often. This is part of the need for an upgrade — at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it
Here are some requirements:
- Budget $4,500 max
- Excellent shot quality
- Steams well
- Includes a hot water dispenser
- Fits under counter cabinets
- High quality, commercial or very close to commercial quality.
- Low & easy maintenance
- Long life - I am not planning on buying anything else after this.
I'm at a crossroads as to how much I want to fiddle with the shots in this new machine... part of me wants to geek out, part of me wants something easier.
I've looked a bit at some machines and have been eyeing these thus far, I would love your thoughts and suggestions on these and others in my budget that are worth considering:
1. La Marzocco Linea Mini
2. Londinium (not sure it will fit though)
3. La Pavoni - Giotto Dual Boiler Pid GEV2BPID (pressure profile gauge)
4. Rocket r58
5. Rocket r60v
Thanks in advance.