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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.
Ok I did one cup and it was fine which probably took just over a minute. I then did another cup and towards the end, close to a minute the light started to flash and the light went out but the steaming continued to steam.
I'd say not. How soon before 5 minutes? I found that I could steam 500ml in about 1:40 on the old BES860. Single serve of about 250ml should take around 1 minute. Is it switching off this soon?
The steam light should flash when it's automatically...
Does anyone here have experience with an espresso machine being left outside? It won't have direct sunlight on it, but it gets much dustier than indoors. It might get a few drops of water on it, and I'm sure a few cockroaches will sneak in as well....
Just to clarify,
I wasn't saying put the wand in deeper but the opposite. You want the tip as close to the surface without putting air in.
If the screaming is happening while you are putting air into your milk at the start then you need more...
May as well just step up to a large conical and be done with it.
Seen this? http://coffeesnobs.com.au/coffee-hardware-sale/37960-bnz-md74-conical-grinder.html
Also if your willing to stretch some more, Compak K10 WBC can be had for around...