So, you're a newbie to the whole quality coffee and espresso world, are you? Nothing wrong with that. I'm a newbie in training in a lot of things - like programming, flying stunt kites, operating high-skill radio control cars, building stuff with power tools, etc etc. Heck, I'm still a newbie at this whole "life" business. Bottom line is, there's nothing wrong with being a newbie at anything. But if you want to get some seasoning under that belt of yours, you've come to the right place.
Maybe you're someone who grew up thinking Folgers Crystals were the epitome of good coffee in the home, or maybe you have been going along with the premise that Starbucks coffee is the peak of espresso perfection. Then you started reading the newsgroup alt.coffee. Or you started visiting this website or the CoffeeGeek site. Or a myriad of other online resources that slowly but surely convinced you that there was something better out there, something better than Folgers, something better than Starbucks.
Even more impressive is that whole "better" thing can happen in your own home. If you're in these groups or similar ones, consider this your starter's guide to never going back to Folgers. But be warned. Quality coffee and espresso is a serious, and I mean seriously serious sinkhole of funds, at least for start up costs. Down the road, you can save money (and boost your coffee quality) by home roasting, but that's for another section.
Consider my warning on prices to be your caveat. If you wanna know more, read on. If you've read other parts of this site, you should have some foundation on what to do once you have the tools. This segment of the CoffeeKid website is mainly going to be a list of machines and equipment that you might consider purchasing. I've listed budget, midrange, and upper end machines. Ready? Let's go...