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Is your wife interested in the hobby/ritual aspect of espresso?

If not, maybe steer clear of the semi-automatic machines and look at a super-automatic bean-to-cup machine. Gaggia makes a good machines, and I think some folks on here have recommended them before. Entry level starts under $500 but you can spend well over $1000.

These machines will grind fresh beans, prep the puck and make the espresso for you. Depending on which machine you select some will allow you to manually prep milk and others will steam and foam it for you. This is essentially what you're getting at Starbucks.

Benefits of a super-automatic over a Nespresso or other pod system are freshly ground beans (which makes a very noticeable difference) and less waste.

If you think your wife is going to be into the ritual and hobby part, that's a whole other conversation. I've gone down that rabbit hole myself during the pandemic and happy to share additional thoughts if you're interested. I'll attach a link to a video of one of the top coffee YouTubers reviewing some entry level semi-automatic espresso machines to give you an idea.

[Post edited by Hooplehead at 10/15/2021 09:29AM]

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Link: The Best Espresso Machine Under £500

Posted: 10/15/2021 at 08:01AM


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