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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.
Many thanks Chris, it certainly has been a bumpy year. Thank goodness for great coffee and lovely coffee gear to brew on, sure does help me pull through things.
I still can't get over how wonderful Alex Leva is, the Malawi was a tad bitter so I...
I just got back from 8 months in Europe and I found the coffee in Spain to be the best to my taste. Cafe con Leche is the perfect size. Italy wasn't far behind, and I think a coffee at a Costa's in Riga was the worst.
I also had the misfortune of...
After persisting with an anonymous coffee machine I got from the flea markets for $10, I just bought myself a Rancilio Silvia and am on the lookout for a grinder now. I'm learning so much from the forum already!
I have had customers ask for an extra hot long black...
Most baristas will flush the group head, fill up a cup from the boiler on the machine about 94-97 degrees than pull the shot into the cup.
If you don't want it so hot why not ask if they...
Save your money.
refilling is messy, tricky, and time consuming,
unless you do it with fresh grinds immediately prior to making the coffee, it will be wasted effort.
none of the refillable pods are ever as good as even the original pods, and...
The big benefit with PID Control of Steam generation, is that it will hold the Boiler Temp. at or very near to the Setpoint while you are texturing your milk, whereas a t/stat will cycle through its hysteresis (dead-band) and therefore won't...