With Bellevue-based Concordia Coffee Systems charging $40,000 for the world's most expensive espresso machine -- but, its president reminds me, the world's least expensive cafe -- and Seattle Coffee Gear starting the bidding at $1,799 for one of five espresso machines it's auctioning for charity, it begs the question: How much does a good coffee...

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BlueBottleWith Bellevue-based Concordia Coffee Systems charging $40,000 for the world’s most expensive espresso machine — but, its president reminds me, the world’s least expensive cafe — and Seattle Coffee Gear starting the bidding at $1,799 for one of five espresso machines it’s auctioning for charity, it begs the question: How much does a good coffee maker cost?

Some people leave espresso making to the pros and drink drip coffee at home in filter machines that cost anywhere from $25 to $150.

Others swear by manual drip coffee systems, which cost $16 or less and can be used on camping trips (’tis the season). Folks line up outside Blue Bottle Coffee’s kiosk in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, (pictured) for its yummy drip coffee made with single-cup ceramic drip systems.

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