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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.
Do any of the local parts suppliers sell a service kit for the Group Head on the Giotto?
I found a place in the UK (Bella Barista) that sells a kit that includes all the seals/gaskets/springs for the E61 so thought I'd see if any local...
That's interesting... I use the Breville Crazy Popper and switch it on and off right through the roast like a thermostat would. The unit and the coffee holds enough heat that I can turn it off for about 3-5 seconds every 30 seconds or so (depending...
Forget the single basket. Put it in the cupboard and never look at it again. Its much harder to get good results with smaller baskets. The 14g compared to an 18g will make a bit of a difference too.
Yes, Always fully dose your basket. If you...
My experience is a little different to Yelta. I only drink espresso; and Beanbay roasted beans at home. And my electric comparison is the Pavoni Professional (and using the Rosco grinder for both). I have used the Portaspresso combo exclusively for...
Thanks for the tips. I've got a Precision 14g basket from talk_coffee. As a fair noob when it comes to running a 'proper' espresso machine, I think I've been getting things wrong. If I were to load the double precision basket with 7g...
Could try placing a "wanted to buy" post in the for sale/wanted to buy thread here. Be aware though you need to include a price that you are prepared to pay otherwise your post will disappear :-)