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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.
I'd go as far as to say that given good beans and skill, it's possible for an expert to make a better coffee on a Breville/Smart grinder than the majority might make with their Rocexpozoccos and >1k grinders. It's also possible to drive down to the...
Thanks for your reply,may I ask whether you could provide the following from your parts collection?
Steam valve assembly
Solenoid valve assembly
Plastic dregs container/with ss grill
Group handle with baskets....
Have you considered the possibility that *both* the 'man' and the machine matter? Each are effectively a constraint on the other, but you can just as easily produce a cup of mud on an expensive machine as in Moka pot. I'm curious as to...
I have a hand grinder( a Porlex tall and a Kyocera) and use it occasionally for my aeropress but not with the BDB. I went to a couple of coffee specialists in Newcastle and Sydney and had demos on different machines across a wide price range before...
Hi - I noticed that you indicated you like to drink Americanos and short blacks - perhaps you should consider a Rancilio Silvia? I have a V.4 that I'm enjoying and although it's a pain (compared to a higher-end machine such as a Rocket, say) to...