The Espresso Habit
This set of stuff is what I use everyday. However, I have a fairly complete list of the once-and-future coffee devices that have helped my habit grow.

The Rancilio Silvia
Silvia Picture The Silvia is decidedly the most popular espresso machine currently talked about on the Internet. This is due to the quality of the machine's build, its reasonable price, and its ability to be modified.

I have carefully collected information from internet sources on my page about the Rancilio Silvia, along with my own musings, since I now have one!

The Nuova Simonelli MCF
MCF Picture I have decided to get a Nuova Simonelli MCF grinder because they are the right price, with infinite grind adjuctment, 50mm burrs, a doser that works, and fits under my countertop cabinets easily. Weight is about 18lbs, HWD of 12.2"x4.1"x7.8", 150 watts, black or red. I've now ordered mine from Chris's Coffee Service. Others often use the Rancilio Rocky, but complain about the doser and the amount of adjustment available. The other popular choice is the Mini Mazzer, but it costs up to $60 more than the MCF, depending on source, while Rocky is about $50 less. Note that the Mazzer doesn't fit under a normal cabinet in a U.S. kitchen, it is 18" tall so that ruled it out for me.

This grinder completly rocks!

The Bodum French Press
Bodum Picture A must have. The debate rages on whether the French Press, the Vacuum Brewer, or the Moka Pot make the best coffee. But they all make better than average cups, and this is the exclusive coffee maker of my desk. I have the eight-cup model that is no longer made - it looks just like the one pictured here, but instead of chrome, dark green plastic. It was also about 2/3rds of the price of the pot at left... No more budget models from Bodum, I'm afraid!

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