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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.
If I was you, then I would shop around abit and get a HX machine. If you drink lattes, especially of the 280ml variety then I wouldn't want to use a single boiler. Had a go of the single boiler and in the end upped my budget for a low level e-61....
I got an email today that they are still shipping the Kickstarter orders. If you ordered after Kickstarter as I did (early December) those should start to ship within weeks. Of course that's what they told me several weeks ago. But here's hoping.
Newbie here. Have lurked around the forum on and off for a while but this is my first post.
After 14 years loyal service, the family Krups Novo 2300 machine died a few days ago. I'm looking to replace it ASAP and am considering the...
Single boilers with a PID are hardly any slower for doing 2-4 cups as a DB or HX
I regularly do 6+ drinks at a time so went with the DB,
But using friends' SB machines is still pretty effiecint if you don't have the cash for a DB or HX.