Recommended beginner espresso machine for best microfoam?

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#1: Post by fishairflow »

I am just curious and trying to feel out the market - what is the current recommendation for beginners who need solid espresso machine that produces superb microfoam?
Thanks guys...

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#2: Post by HB »

Can you be more specific? For example, budget constraints and how many drinks per session?

My personal favorite for best microfoam is Elektra, specifically the Microcasa a Leva and Semiautomatica, or if you've got ample funds and want speed, the Elektra A3. However, none of these are frequently recommended as a beginner's choices.
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#3: Post by another_jim »

Some price steps down, the Solis SL-70 ($500) is by far the best single boiler latte art machine, and on the price/performance envelope for espresso taste. Low end HX machines, at around 1K, are all pretty good (sometimes with custom steam tips), with the Bezzeras being standouts, but a little on the fast side for beginners.
Jim Schulman