Hi friends - I'm excited to join this community! I recently got into pourover, but I find myself already itching to try my hand at espresso. I'm willing to spend the money for a quality setup that will last me for years. While aesthetics aren't what *really* matters, I would genuinely enjoy something that is nice looking since it will live in our kitchen / living room area. Part of the reason I enjoy making coffee is using aesthetically pleasing and well engineered tools to craft cups. It's relaxing for me and I enjoy the process.
I'm planning to buy a Baratza Sette 270Wi, or maybe a 30. I know the 270 is a better bet if I can swing it.
As for the machine, my wife would like the ability to make lattes and cappuccinos. We'll probably only be using it once or twice a day, but the ability to easily make more when guests come over is appealing. I've considered just getting an Aeropress, but we like what a machine offers. A lot of folks seem to recommend an older Gaggia Classic (with PID?) The Breville models I've heard are somewhat garbage (but affordable). I'm still VERY new to all these terms, so I'm trying to learn as much as I can.
I found a barely used Salvatore HX E61 single group machine for $1300 shipped on eBay. It comes with: 2 portafilters, (1 double spout, 1 bottomless), 2 double baskets, 1 blank , 1 pod basket. Machine has 3L water reservoir. The seller seems extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy. Would this be a good machine that would last us if taken care of properly? I've read Salvatore is a great handmade unit from the U.S.
TLDR; help this newbie out with making a wise purchase; one that will keep my wife & I happy for years to come, allow us to have fun, and grow our espresso making skillsets.