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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.
As a finance guy, I share TG's concerns.
Two questions before I would presume to offer any suggestion:-
1) How "coffee competitive" is your environment? For example, if you are in a small country town, you may be able to...
I have also been using naked p/f w VST's on a wide variety of machines for quite a long while now. I did a lot of testing with a medical refractometer a while back, and would suggest the optimal for a 15g VST is actually circa 15.4g....
I am new in the chat.
In the last few months I been playing with FAEMAs E61.
I am ready to sell them!
1 Group 1964 very good condition $5500
2 Groups 1967 has it is $5900
3 Groups 1962 has it is $7500
Good stuff! Same as my one, mine is in pieces at the moment I haven't had a chance to complete it yet!
Your lucky you have the portafilters because mine have gone missing unfortunately. I've snapped a bolt or two so it's going to be gun getting...
by underdose i mean 15g in a 15g VST basket for a double shot when most would dose at least 18g, especially with a lighter roast and more grinds are recommended to achieve a more widely accepted extraction time.
One thing CSr's need to be aware of: a lot of hot water tanks (... and not just solar ones) use a sacrificial anode. Old Solaharts were renowned for failing (tank leaks) within 5 years due to Perth's "ultra corrosive" tap water. Not...