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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.
This is exaclty what i have done, with my BES900 playing up, i ended up buying a 3 yo Vibiemme Domobar Super Lever SS for just over 1/2 new price in good cond and working beautifully, i am wrapped to say the least, what a georgous machine
If you don't want to fork out the $$$ all at once, at least get the grinder and use a moka pot or similar in the interim.
Quality beans and decent grinder will still produce a nice coffee via a moka pot, although it won't be thick and syrupy like...
Jim the Rocky is built like a tank. You won't kill it. Just feel the weight and you will know. There is a very cheap (a couple of dollars) reversible mod that involves small diameter tube and a single green coffee bean that allows Mr Rocky to be...
The tampers cost $100 and the induction pad is $195 so best online price for this package is around $1000 by my reckoning. If seller is happy with an ONO then someone might save themselves a little bit of $$$$.
It's also quite amazing at just how good Cafetto Clean Machine is at removing stains/buildup from inside various types of vessels. No need to buy a whole tub of the stuff, you may be able to buy a few tablets from one of the up-market cafes in...
Cheers Java . I think I might follow that plan, though will probably have to take my cup back to perth to give it the birthday it deserves . I was always a big fan of black tea without the tea :-) . Thanks mate great advice .