I would like to replace my mom's Gaggia espresso machine, but I am not sure if there are cheaper options out there that have all the features that she wants. Requirements inside.
My mom has this ridiculously expensive Gaggia machine
, and it really makes an amazing cup of coffee. However, it is starting to act up (sometimes brews only 1/2 a cup instead of a full cup), and the milk island is pretty much broken, held together by crazy glue. I would like to find a new machine for her, but I am lost. Does it NEED to be so crazy expensive?? She also had a Saeco machine in the past, but I don't know which one. Is there a slightly cheaper machine out there that has the following features, or is $1000+ standard for something like this:
- Only need to press one button to make coffee - no grinding coffee, no measuring it out, just press a button and walk away. The coffee beans and water are in there already and she only refills them as needed. Same with cleanup. Once the waste container is full, she empties it, but doesn't need to do it on a daily basis.
- The milk island, or some kind of frother/steamer is a must. However, it was the first thing to break, so I guess just a steamer wand would be OK too, since that is more durable.
- Delicious coffee. This machine has a million settings you can program, but she never needed to. So I guess it is important that the machine can make good coffee if it doesn't have any adjustable settings. Or it should have easy to use settings.
- One cup at a time is OK, it's mostly just her drinking coffee.
Do you have any recommendations for a good, reliable, machine that makes an amazing cup of coffee from whole beans? Thanks!