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Things You Should Know Before Buying an Espresso Machine

Are you feeling excited at the idea of making espresso at home and not having to leave your place to get some? Are you a little confused by the array of espresso machines being offered on today’s market? Well, you have found exactly what you were looking for! Here is a user-friendly, straight to the point guide of the 5 existing types. It will definitely assist you in making an informed decision and reassure you that your needs will be fulfilled. Click on hyperlinked words for an outline of main benefits and basic functioning.

Stove Top

Cucino 270 Stovetop Espresso Maker

Offering the advantage of being portable and non electrical, for camping trips for example, this style of maker can be purchased for a reasonable price, with many models under $40. These appliances consist of three main pieces, or chambers, that are taken apart and put back together for cleaning and operation. The bottom chamber holds the water, the middle section contains a filter basket which holds the ground coffee, and the top part integrates a metal filter. When arranged and placed on the burner, steam pressure that builds up in the heated water chamber forces the hot water up through the basket, brews the coffee grounds, and is then directed into the top chamber where you’ll find your finished, ready-to-pour product. Keep in mind that these stove top styles produce a very dark coffee without the crema that’s formed with other types of machines. Click the link to see different stovetop espresso makers!

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Semi-Automatic

Rancilio Silvia Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

Rancilio Silvia

They are actually the most common among household users. Unlike stove top varieties, they are electronic, incorporating a temperature sensor that indicates it is manually time to brew and time to stop, and a pump which forces the water through the coffee instead of being dependant on steam pressure, resulting in a better tasting coffee because it avoids burning the grounds during the brewing process. Tamping the coffee grounds manually before brewing is required. You’ll also enjoy a nice, rich crema with this type of machine. Most models also incorporate the ability to make not only espresso, but cappuccino as well, thanks to a manually-operated steam wand, and can be purchased for $150 to $600. Click the link to see different semi-automatic espresso machines!

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Automatic

Gaggia Baby Twin automatic espresso machine

Gaggia Baby Twin

Great for in-home use, there are only slight differences with a semi-automatic. The main advantage is that it has a simple-to-use, one-button operation that allows you to preset how much coffee is dispensed, for example one shot at a time or two, etc. It also incorporates a mechanism which will automatically shut down the brewing process based on the preset that you determine. It can also provide the option for espresso, cappuccino or even latte using a manually-operated steam wand. Costs usually start around $500, up to and over $1,000 depending on the brand and specific features. Click the link to see different automatic espresso machines!

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Super Automatic

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM 3300 Espresso Machine

DeLonghi Magnifica
ESAM 3300

They are called ‘super’ for a reason – they practically do all of the work for you. This style of appliance will grind the beans, fill and tamp the basket as well as provide you with the option to brew an exact, pre-determined amount of coffee. And what’s really special about them is that they even dump the used grounds into an internal waste container! This type of machine is obviously wonderful for anyone who has a hectic lifestyle filled with time constraints. Higher end makers also come equipped with an automatic milk frothing system for topping off a cappuccino or latte. With all their greatness, they tend to retail between $500 to over the $2,000+ mark, depending on finish, digital display, ability to choose temperature and strength, ability to use pre-ground or whole beans, etc. Click the link to see different super automatic espresso machines models!

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Commercial

Pasquini Livia 90 Automatic Espresso Machine

Pasquini Livia 90
Automatic

If you’re the owner of a coffee house, restaurant or even simply in need of a higher-capacity unit for an office, business or personal celebratory functions, a commercial-grade apparatus is probably just what you need. These heavy-duty, powerful and sturdy appliances provide the capability to brew 1 to 4 drinks at the same time according to the number of group heads, and at a consistently ideal temperature for one perfect shot after another. They are constructed so that they can be left on all day as they’re usually hooked directly onto a water line which prevents damaging the internal boiler. They incorporate separate boilers for water brewing and steam, eliminating the need to wait for cool-down between shots. For those who love the commercial look and the coffee shop taste, there are smaller models that are suitable for in-home use. If not professionally installed, warranty could be voided. Click here to see other commercial espresso machines models!

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Stove top

Semi-Automatic

Automatic

Super Automatic

Commercial

Where to use it

camping

 

 

 

 

 

home

home

home

home

 

 

on campus

office

office

office

 

 

portable

 

small coffee shop

small coffee shop

coffee shop

Kind of use

personal

personal

personal

personal or light commercial use

commercial use

Price

$25+

$150+

$500+

$500+

$2010+

 

takes little storage space

 

 

 

 

Characteristics

 

 

 

 

 

Pump

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

Flow Sensor

no

no

yes

yes

some

Built-in Grinder

no

no

no

yes

some

Crema

no

variable

crema

rich crema

rich crema

Tamping

no

manual

manual

automated

manual

Preset

no

no

Single/double shoot

cappuccino, latte, single/double shot

some

Doser

no

no

no

yes

no

Milk frother

no

manual

manual

automatic

manual

Boiler Single(1)/ Double(2)

1

1 or 2

1 or 2

2

2

Group Head

n/a

1

1

1

1 to 4

Power Source

external heat source or electrical

electrical

electrical

electrical

electrical

Hook to a Water Line

no

no

no

some

yes



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