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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.
I have a VBM junior purchased 3 years ago. Do 4 cups daily and never had a problem. I back flush daily and full clean every week. Never a problem. I use a K3 as well and now I am experienced I can dial it in quickly making minor adjustments as my...
I ordered the metric panel recently and for me a former technician the instal was straight forward. I have done a couple of roasts with it since the upgrade using manual settings and have not had a problem with Errr7. In both roasts, premixed blends...
Same here terrawarra, I'm no spring chicken and like you have been around the block, and the world a few times.
"A steady progression of domestic machines mainly because they seldom last more than a couple of years."
Had a bit of a chuckle at...
Thanks guys for your comments !
I do understand that a decent tamper should be of a solid weight and precision measurements as well to ensure a perfect fit in the basket..... convex or concave ?... hmmm, the jury's still out on that one.
Looking forward to your declaration of zillionaire status terrawarra ;)
For mine, like kitchen knives. $10 from the local supermarket v lifetime investment which can be passed on to your offspring.
You gets what you pays for!
You can find tampers for around $20 but they won't be as well made or as well sized. A cast tamper is far cheaper than a hand machined one if only for material and labour costs. Also many of the "stainless" cheap ones are low grade steel, not 304...