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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.
Yeah it was a good buy. The key here is to find one that has been fully service in the last few years, otherwise you might be out of pocket for as much as you paid for the machine to get it working nicely. Mine had a $500 service in 2013.
I was roasting a kg of Kenya Lena Peaberry this morning but before it got to first crack I had to unload it because there was unusually too much smoke, just on the safe side I stopped everything to check for cause of the problem, I roasted the same...
If you are after a digital timer you can get one of these (from auber instruments US ), I use one on my mazzer mini, works well, has 2 set times plus shot counter and easy to adjust. Just plug your grinder into it ( I changed the socket on mine )