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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.
This one is probably closer to 15 years old. $850 seems a good price but I can see that seen newer models have sold on CS for about the same. Perhaps now I've figured out the sub $1000 HX is achievable i should try to be patient....
Perhaps think about changing when you stop the shot. Although 60 ml in 30 seconds are the numbers thrown around as the 'gold standard', these should only be used as a rough guide and these parameters are going to vary depending on the coffee, your...
Check out the Decentcoffee.com web site.
A new group with some independent backing developing an advanced domestic espresso machine.
think ZPM Nocturn with touch screen and display of brew temp, pressure, flow rate etc.
Targeting under $1k
This is not a good thing to do and I'd strongly recommend against it.
Firstly, 230V and water are not happy bed partners. You are lucky you haven't tripped your safety switch.
Secondly, whenever you have two different metals in the presence...
I would suggest work for someone in the industry and get some hands-on experience first and ensure it's really what you want to invest your hard earned money on.
New business cafe failure rates are high
No not when I had this problem. The switch at the bottom of the resevoir maybe gets some water in it while I fill the resevoir if some water gets spilled
I am guessing I will get a small funnel to avoid this. When this happens from time to time the...
OR.... Thinking laterally ..just throw the daily roast into the grinder hopper which already has 7 days worth of previously roasted beans in.
such that the beans you grind have been aged 7 days in the hopper !
repeat the roast and hopper addition...