The low tech solution for good, strong coffee -- a classic!
Positive Product Points
basic, cheap,satisfying & hey -it works!
Negative Product Points
Those expecting modern pump-style espresso flavor will be disappointed.
Long before there were puck spitting superautomaticas, there were moka pots, and you can still get one for the price of a few pounds of coffee. (Or well up into the $100s, if you want a snazzier stainless model.) My own Venezia is the best $20 I ever spent, even if it spends too much time neglected in the cupboard. Design wise, this Bodum manufactured model is a little more elegant that some, but still modestly clad in polished aluminum.
You just fill the bottom with water (no higher than indicated, unless you like exploding coffee pots!), insert filter above that and fill with grounds (no packing down/tampings, unless you like exploding coffee pots!) (catch the theme here?), and screw on the top. Stovetop heating will build up pressure that will eventually force the water up through the grounds.
I've tried the class of espresso machines referred to a "steam toys", as they rely on boiler steam pressure rather than pumps to do the job. I prefer my little moka pot.