I'm in the market for a new espresso machine. The only thread i cld find on geek zone was the Nespresso Lovers one so i'll start by saying I won't be touching one of those, they make the worst god-awful coffee i've ever tasted and I don't understand how anyone can compare them to cafe coffee (maybe in Christchurch - but not in Welly!).
So now i've offended half the people on here - I"m looking at the gaggia classic or rancilio silvia. The prices are similar, the gaggia has the advantage of being able to take coffee that's not ground immediately prior (a pressurised basket vs the unpressurised on the silvia) - or at least that's what my research seems to tell me. I know that "the grinder is the most important part" and all that, but I had a La Pavoni EBR until recently, never had a grinder and it made great coffee - just can't get another one. I'm not saying never to the grinder, but more likely i'll go buy coffee every few days as they are so messy!
So recommendations/comments? Other suggestions? I have heard that gaggia are not well supported in NZ but that was from the rancilio supplier....\