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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.
How did you decide that it needed descaling? Acid + metal = ??
Citric acid is not an accepted descaler. It can and does damage aluminium boilers and it's a definite no go for HX/Dual boiler machines.
How to solve it? Flush a...
I have Gaggia classic less than 1 year old, I read different opinions about descaling it with citric acid. However I did use it to descale my machine,
and now the water is cloudy with some white pieces in it, not matter how...
Has this technique been used on a La Pavoni Europicolla? I've been trying a few different ways but cannot seem to get nice microfoam for any latte art at all. It just dunks all of the milk and nothing on top. Only thick foam for cuppo if I foam too...
If you are making milk based drinks, the short answer is yes, it is worth the extra money to get the ECM Technika or Mechanika.
The long answer is you will otherwise be waiting between pulling shots and switching to steam to heat and foam your...
For Sale, my lovely La Marzocco GS3 AV.
Moving to Paris and sadly she can't come with me.
I am the second owner and have had her for the last 3 years.
I run her plumbed in, but it also has the water tank. When I purchased her I gave the...