A lot of the folks who work at the Home Office are dedicated coffee lovers. Jokes are bandied about regarding my needing to deliver espresso to them when I am in the office. ( This happens every 3-4 months, maybe, for a day).
They have my back and without them I could not function. I want to get them a gift. Not everyone who works out of this office will drink espresso so I am not overly concerned with the need to buy a $ 5,000.00 machine that can service 20 people in 20 minutes. OTOH I cannot worry about offending the non-coffee drinkers who might feel slighted that the gift is not applicable to them.
I have been looking at machines in the $ 600.00 range + accessories. This Gaggia Baby D Espresso Maker is a reasonable example of what I’m looking at.
I know nothing of these machines. Anyone have experience with em? I do not want one that requires a water feed hook-up. The ones in this price range seem to have resevoirs. The company brings in bottled water in the 5 gallon bottles for drinking, so I know they will have decent water to brew with.
Preferences? Bad experiences? Good experiences? Brand recommendations?