Propane-powered semi-automatic espresso machine available in the US

Recommendations for espresso equipment buyers and upgraders.

Postby capmonkey » Mar 15, 2019, 6:45 pm

Hello everyone,

Can you recommend a quality automatic or semi-automatic propane-powered espresso machine available on the US market? Astoria offers a lever one, but this is not what I need. Maybe one with a conversion kit at least?

Thank you in advance.

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Postby FormerFarmer » Mar 15, 2019, 8:42 pm

Kaldi has an Astoria Perla AEP2 in North Carolina. That what you're looking for?


Postby capmonkey » replying to FormerFarmer » Mar 15, 2019, 10:15 pm

Thank you, I saw it. The problem is Astoria doesn't offer this machine in the US, I've checked with them. So either this is a scam, outdated information, or a grey import that will come without warranty, service, or parts. If so, I can get Astoria Tanya in Europe for half the price with the same set of problems.


Postby capmonkey » Mar 18, 2019, 7:55 pm

A couple of updates:

Found one from Wega, another from Rancilio. Both are special order, both are not ETL certified and so far it is unclear if they will be accepted by the local Dept of Health. Awaiting the response.

The one on Kaldi was outdated info, they took it down now.

Overall, due to low demand manufacturers pulling gas equipment and not certifying the new one. Only level machines are available. A shame.