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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.
Where is the needle valve? The brass fitting?
I wonder if, rather than trying to replicate the properties of the puck, the plastic insert is actually to minimise heat transfer between the water and the device, and to direct water onto the...
I think the owners second comment was fine, but the first probably lost it's effect with the condescending tone. I can, however, understand the frustration with parents who don't parent. A symptom of the apparently increasly absense of courtesy in...
The odd thing about that TC, is that surely you want to know what the temperature of the water is when it reaches the puck - not afterwards.
Replicate the flowrate certainly (you could just use a needle valve), thermal properties seems less...
Hmm. I am not so sure about that Robbks.
A Scace attempts to replicate the flow of a shot in addition to the thermal absorption properties of the coffee puck. The Scace II delivers temperature and pressure readings as well.
A "Scase" is just a PF with a thermocouple attached to it.
I built my own with an old unused single basket.
drilled a small hole in the of the basket just off centre
Attached the thermocouple securely with some conductive heatsink cement
The cut and thrust of the internet aside, hypocrisy is a little lame.
Constantly bashing? There is a common thread of Italian grinder 'bashing' in your posting, as well as steel burr 'bashing'.
And facts? The above as well as posts re jersey...