Originally Posted by cvanhorn
I am looking to buy an espresso machine and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations. I would like to keep the price around 200-250.
Sadly you missed out on a great deal by a start up company making a new espresso machine. They offered their machine to early adopters for $200 and it had a custom designed thermoblock, pid controller and is pod compatible. They tested their prototypes in a coffee shop.
PID-Controlled Espresso Machine by Gleb Polyakov and Igor Zamlinsky
You can actually still pre-order (as of writing this) for $300 and it may potentially come with design changes made during the manufacturing of other pre-orders. If I was going to be buying an espresso machine I would be buying this one.
Their machine will go on sale for about $400 after they fill the pre-orders.