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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.
The latest coffee click bait in The Age isn't a bad one, but it has the dumbest quote I've read for a while:
"the milk is right when the jug is too hot to keep your hand on it for more than three seconds"
For who? An 18 year old in his first...
Thank u all for responses!
!Dont buy sunbeam! has stuck in my head and i decided to look further including gaggia classic.
And just this morning, i have found this little treasure that needs some love and care -
giggia classic for $50 but...
Sorry about that, I thought I had probably put it in the wrong place.
As far as how much I am willing to pay probably depends what is put forward, I would pay up to $300 for a Behmor depending on condition.
watch out for rust spots though by the tray area, and at the back where the pump is if you can...
picked up my V3 last year at the same price, and all i needed to do was to clean and flush it thoroughly and it was good to go after...