Careful... you may want the simplest possible solution now but coffee has a wormhole effect similar to pizza. I've maintained some control just due to the costs of brewing equipment, but I have plans for the future already.
Since we're on the topic, does anyone have an old used burr grinder they want to sell? Please PM me. Nothing fancy please.
Absolutely correct about the wormhole effect. I went through 3 or 4 machines before I settled on the one I love. This is it:https://www.chriscoffee.com/La_Spaziale_Mini_Vivaldi_II_p/m-vivaldi-ii.htm
Of course, you need a grinder. Here is mine:http://www.wholelattelove.com/Mazzer/mini.cfm
I have had this particular setup about 5 years and use it every day. When it decides to die, I will replace it with something very similar.
So, that is how to spend $3k and have great coffee - americanos, lattes, capuccinos that will ensure you never go to a Starbucks again.
Now, if you want something more practical and cost effective that makes absolutely great coffee - buy a french press and a good grinder.
If you want to step up to something that makes great coffee, machine-wise, I would suggest you look at a Technivorm. I have seen many writeups that all say these machines are excellent.
I would also reccomend you surf around this website, Sweet Maria's for information about home roasting, etc. That is their thing. Super nice people and great choices. If I remember correctly, they sell or educate about popcorn poppers for roasting.
Yes, I have been in this vortex for years. Pizza is my newer obsession!