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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 may have changed my mind a bit with the China Mt Gaoligong. I did preroast blend of 60% China/40% Ethiopia Gambella, taken to CS9, which is now 3.5 weeks post roast, and it is brilliant. There's the really nice cocoa and wine from the Ethiopian...
I've picked up a mint Mokita Automat but cannot find any info on the web about it. I'm hoping someone can point me to a user manual and / or the importer for spares. I haven't fired it up yet, so not sure if it works or how good the...
Nice one Andy. I think we've had that Honduran in BeanBay before if I remember correctly. The name looks familiar.
The Tanzanian has a knighthood? Hang on, that's KCMG
Good to see the villagers have formed a cooperative. The beans look well...
Second this :)
With fresh water backflush after every brew and chemical flush once a week or so, I got 5 years out of a group head seal, and when I did change it there was not a hint of anything behind the showerscreen! :)
BeanBay Green Bean Release - August 2014
Honduras Montana de Comayagua
Honduras Montana de Comayagua. This fully washed high grown Honduran coffee is a ripper. Most Central American coffees can be a little thin but this one has a...