Espresso - Where have you bean all my life?
I'm getting into drinking and enjoying espresso lately, so I'd like to mocha it myself.
As such, I've taken notice of espresso machines marketed for the home or small office. What I want to know is, why are the generally well accepted machines so expensive?
For example today's Home Woot!: http://home.woot.com/offers/saeco-syntia-espresso-maker
Whereas I'm sure this is a great machine, I'm unsure what makes this refurbished machine cost half a grand. I know I'm a bit latte to the game but at this point I honestly don't know that much about espresso other than it tastes good and makes my average WPM go up in the morning hours.
My wife might teas me if spend too much, but I'm not opposed to dropping a couple hundred dollars on a machine that makes intense, dark-liquidy goodness. What I should be looking for first before I make espresso part of my daily grind?
I'd love to espresso myself, so does anyone have any suggestions on machine type/brand, beans, etc...?