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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.
Any chance you could share the invoice to help with bargaining the good folk of Myer in Melbourne? ( waiting until yours has shipped of course:)) you've made my mind up at that price. Thanks for the post.
One for the not good enough files...
We had a VBM DJ come in for service this week. There was no plastic cover on the boiler pressure gauge.
The machine had been serviced by a bloke in country Victoria who "lost" it. Returned the machine to...
We're up and running. The crate arrived and has been unpacked. Pedro's pic (attached) shows the gorgeous shipping method. If only more manufacturers would do this, many of our headaches would be solved. Accessories are also in a beautiful tongue and...