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The best espresso machine for your home

The purpose of this article is to discuss the differences between the traditional coffee maker and the fully automatic bean to cup coffee machines to Select the Best espresso machine at home. Both types of them have their advantages and disadvantages and by giving these factors due consideration it should help you decide which type is best for your home.

There are other types of the best espresso machine at home available too, such as the filter coffee maker, pod machine or instant coffee machine, but these are not considered in this article as they cannot produce ‘proper’ specialty coffee drinks such as latte, espresso, ristretto, etc.

Why Espresso?

The basis of all luxury specialty coffee drinks is the espresso which both our systems produce. This is made by passing hot water under pressure through a wad of ground coffee, to produce a short, strong and concentrated coffee liquor. When the espresso shot is blended with foamed or steamed milk than most popular types of specialty coffee drinks such as cappuccino, latte, macchiato can be made.

Best espresso machine at homeTitle
Espresso Machine 3.5 Bar 4 Cup Espresso Maker Cappuccino Machine with Steam Milk Frother and Carafe
Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine, BES870XL
Capresso 304.01 Steam PRO Espresso and Cappuccino Machine, 4-Cup, Stainless Steel/Black
similar to capresso 4 cup espresso & cappuccino machine black 303.01
Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino Maker, Red - BVMC-ECMP1106
Delonghi EC680R DEDICA 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine, Red
Breville BES840XL/A the Infuser Espresso Machine
BELLA (13683) Personal Espresso Maker with Steam Wand, Glass Decanter & Permanent Filter, Black
De'Longhi ESAM3300 Super Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine
Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Steam Espresso System with Milk Frother
DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, Stainless, Metal
De'Longhi EC155 15 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel

What are the criteria for the best espresso machine at home?

Both the traditional coffee maker and the bean to cup machines are able to produce espresso shots and foamed milk.

  • Firstly we will consider overall drink quality. Here the traditional one comes out on top. This is assuming that the operator (barista) is well trained and both types of equipment are clean and well-maintained. An espresso-based drink produced on a traditional coffee maker and prepared by a top barista is the best you can get! Coffee beverages made from a bean to cup machine are very good but don’t quite make it to the standard set by a traditional system.
  • Secondly when considering the consistency of the final beverage the bean to cup machine would usually win. The quality of drink from a traditional espresso machine depends on the barista and his frame of mind at the time and so can vary greatly. Bean to cup machines, however, produce the same drink at the push of a button and are not dependent on the operator.
  • Thirdly, ease of use. Here again, the fully automatic bean to cup machine comes out on top as most drinks are prepared by the push of a button. To prepare and serve a quality beverage from a traditional espresso maker is a skilled art and takes considerable practice to master.
  • Fourthly to consider is ‘theatre’ or ambiance of the drink preparation. Whilst a bean to cup machine is purely a functional device to produce a quality beverage, the traditional coffee maker adds that special magic to the whole coffee experience. Customers can enjoy the overall coffee experience as they watch the skilled barista at work.

Honors are even then on the main four criteria, so the choice is yours. Decide which are the most important factors in your particular case before contacting your local coffee machine supplier.


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