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Any non Espresso brew method from Drip Filter, Syphon or Vacuum, Plunger, Ibrik, Stovetop, Mocha Pot, Aeropress, Cold Press, Percolator, Presso or any other mad scientist process that doesn't have a pump and boiler combined.
Entry level (sub $500) domestic appliances that you would expect to find in the kitchen section of whitegoods stores. You can get a pretty good coffee from machines in this category if you use fresh coffee and dose/tamp well.
Pointy End ($1500-$3000) will find machines that are capable of making espresso at the same time that you are texturing milk. This end of the market also tends to get some real design flair and lot and lots of shiny stainless. Mostly the machines in this category are direct descendants of Cafe class machines.
Extreme Machines ($3000+) is the very serious end of the home espresso machine market. Some of the machines you will find in here would be comfortable in just about any cafe on the planet and most will have similar installation requirements (plumbing, maintenance etc). Most CoffeeSnobs drool over the very pretty toys in this category.
You need three things:
1. Roasted beans from Beanbay - don't start roasting yet, wait till you have control over your home espresso making first.
2. A good *burr* grinder - that might be a hand grinder to save $ at the start
"Stronger" coffee is an interesting descriptor.
What does it actually mean to people?
My opinion - roasted darker does NOT equal stronger. In fact, it reduces caffeine content (not that you can taste that).
Roasting darker certainly changes...
If you use more than one bean type daily (as many of us do) volume dosing won't do it, you'll have to weight each dose to be consistent.
Accuracy (before grinding): just one bean more or less, that's the weight expected result.
Really good fresh beans - roasted darker if you fancy stronger coffee - a decent hand grinder (Hario Mini, Skerton, Lido, Rosco, etc) a n°1 Hario or n° 100 Melitta filter, 7-8 grams of beans and 100-120 grams of hot water (I like 90-92°C), will...
Half a tea spoon of Cafisa (or Joe Glow, Pulycaf, etc), fill up (80%) with hot water, close and shake, leave it standing overnight, rinse (well) next day.
It will shine, and there will be only pure water taste. I did it with all my thermos and...
I have now had my La Morocco GS3 for about 12 months (upgraded from Rocket R58). Extremely happy with the machine and have not looked back. Consistently excellent coffee and very forgiving to all users (friends and family alike). A big thankyou to...