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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.
3D printing is set to explode in applications here over the next few years. As the equipment gets cheaper and cheaper and more and more people/organizations have one more and more templates will become available for anyone to print. Projects like...
Given you are only changing one variable at a time think of it this way
Grind: fine=more surface area=more extraction
Water temp:hotter=more solutes will dissolve=higher extraction
Water/coffee contact:longer=more extraction
The scales I have still give 0.1 g readouts with a portafilter in place (which weighs about 560g), but the manual states they are only accurate to +-3 g between 500g and 2000g. I will do some experiments on the weekend to see how precise they are at...
(Option 5.) Buy a another set of scales that can read 0.1gm up to a kg. That way you can weigh the group handle, basket and coffee after tamping. Quick easy and no mess. Look on ebay they're very cheap.
Agree with barri. Different filter baskets change general window of grind fineness to work as intended. That changes flavour profile. YOUR preference for flavour profile then determines which basket works best for you. Horses for courses.
Almost 500 replies, some for some against, some heated, some pleasant. My own experience is they do change the...