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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.
Hey Charlie, is this something that is noticeable enough to make a difference for the average brewer, or is it something that you notice cause you're in with these machines day in day out? What's the win when it comes to a more steady increase in...
Cheekiness aside, the reports I have read suggest that we are well on our way to breaking the centenarian barrier when it comes to life expectancy, and given that modern society is rapidly becoming increasingly urban-centric I find it hard to...
Not sure if this is a silly question, so please forgive my naivety.
Does the name Gesha relate to the bean varietal or the area in Ethiopia? I know that the varietal is spelled as 'Geisha' but I've seen some spell it as 'Gesha' too.
After reading this comment I decided to check the thermal grease under the thermistor.
Just like you found, it was dry and hard. Could be the cause if it overheated and blew the thermal fuse.
A quick clean and re-grease should see it right for...
Thank you both for your replies. Our machine has no expansion valves under the drip tray at the junction pictured but I followed the feed line toward the boiler and found a 1-way valve which I removed. This had a small amount of rubbish in it, which...