Buy a quality burr grinder ($70+), a kitchen scale that can measure to tenths of a gram at least, an electric kettle with a long spout, and a simple brewing method like: Hario V60, Aeropress, Chemex, etc.
>>7283331 Depends how poor you are and how you like to drink your coffee.
I had a De'Longhi EC145 which was cheap. Got about 4 years use out of it, being used once or twice per day. It only broke due to moving house - I think it got knocked around a bit during the move. Obviously the espresso made from a cheap machine isnt as good as an expensive coffee shop machine. However, it was perfectly acceptable for a cheap home set up. The milk steamers on cheap machines also arent great, but since I was only really making espresso I wasnt too concerned.
It's near impossible to pour as evenly, slowly, and accurately with a dollar store kettle that has the traditional 'tetrahedron' shape. If you're going to do a variety of methods, most importantly the pourover, correctly, you will need the ability to pour precisely.
I like a scale that measures to the tenths place. Sometimes you are working with a relatively small number and +/- 1g is somewhat significant. It's nice to have around for other kitchen applications, as well. It's so much easier and more consistent to follow recipes by weight rather than volume.
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