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I put links in below to all my tools and the mods i did.
For $89 you really cant go wrong. This is a single boiler with brass fittings and 15 bars of pressure. The only catch is the steam wand is a panarillo and the basket is pressurized. But as you can see from my pictures i have replaced the steam wand with a traditional and the basket with a non pressurized basket as well as made the bottom naked.
If you look it up on amazon its going for 44 bucks plus shipping. The cheapest i found was from seattle coffee gear. Make sure its the version 1
A grinder is THE most important part of good espresso, a blade grinder wont do. This one is the ONLY entry level burr grinder that you can get for espresso. Its $129 but its well worth the investment especially since its the only one that can do espresso under $300.
The after market basket
This is the only place i found to carry this basket. It also is the ONLY one that fits and is non pressurized. Trust me when i tell you this is the basket you want. For 10 bucks. Well worth it, the results over even the standard unpressurized mod is significant.
Milk Frothing Pitcher
DeLongi Double walled espresso shot glasses
Scale for dosing properly:
sources for modding:
Steam wand replacement walk through:
It really wasnt that hard to do. I now have coffee as good as you can get from any high end coffee house. My espresso has notes that i never knew espresso could have. The potential in this little 89 dollar machine is enormous and when using the same coffee from my local fine coffee house I achieve similar tasting results.
If you need any help or advice, im always here. Ask away in the comment section
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