The Best Espresso Machine, Grinder, and Accessories for Beginners | After putting in more than 60 hours of research, we enlisted a former barista, aided by Stumptown Coffee’s education crew, to test five espresso machines, four grinders, and a dozen accessories to find the best beginner’s espresso setup for less than $1,000. We recommend starting with the Breville Infuser espresso machine.
The Hario Skerton is a ceramic burr mill that's hand operated, portable, and affordable. It'll set you back $28 at Amazon, holds plenty of coffee for your morning brew (about 100g at a time, so if you're making a lot it may take a couple of grinding sessions), offers a nice, consistent grind and a comfortable grip while you're using it, and it's easy to clean out when you're finished.
Breville Barista Express Espresso Maker, Model # BES870XL. Built in hopper+ 16 setting grinder for the ultimate crema + 4 included filters + kangaroo storage for parts + quick release magnetic tamper + 4 degree variable temp + floating drip tray warning + included razor + 2013 best new product award! ... my dream machine ;]