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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 had a great start to my coffee journey and made friends relatively quickly, very very unusual for me :D So honestly there is nothing I wish I knew back then and there is plenty I'm still learning.
I started from the bottom and worked my way...
Stale virtual coffee. That's a new one!
My question, is what impact would this have on the perskn pulling the shots. Not many cafes around these days, where you can see everything the barista is doing!
Good on them for seeing through a fairly...
I'm here , the other Continent AKA Canada.
My Carimali Status.
I put some Citrix mix in the anti vacuum valve . Cleaned out some more blue / green color. Not really sure where you are supposed to enter the cleansing fluid on a plumbed...
What about a Pharos conical hand grinder , Around the $300 mark landed, and if you don't like there is a couple of CS members looking for a used one ,
I`ve had mine for a couple of years now ,great little grinder.
Welcome Mornington... :)
As to the first query, that's easy; just check out CoffeeSnobs - BeanBay - Roasted Coffee
As to the second...
Always buy the best grinder you can afford; get some training (from a very reputable provider) on how to...
I saw that same machine last week.
I saw that same half full doser.
I saw (probably) the same guy behind the machine (refuse to call him a barista).
I saw the same waste of a beautiful machine.
I saw the same sadness.