Buying a new espresso machine can be difficult with all the different choices available. Find an espresso machine exclusively adapted to your personality and desires.
At around the $200 mark you can get a single serve machine which only makes a small amount of espresso at a time because it has no pump priming ability. With the more expensive machines you will be able to make more drinks a lot faster because of boiler cooling procedures and abilities.
Your new espresso machine is simplicity at your fingertips with the single serve. They use the pre-measured, prepackaged, individual capsules which deliver the exact amount of coffee and water to create the best cup of espresso. The Nespresso Pixie Espresso aker, the Gaggia for Illy Espresso Machine and the Francis Francis for illy Espresso Machine are three types of this machine. With less mess, convienience and ease, the illy product is a great choice as well. The illys have the ability to steam if you like and the Nespresso either comes with a milk frother or you can buy a frother to go along with your machine.
Gaggia Achille Manual Espresso, Nespresso Essenza C91 Manual Espresso Maker, the La Pavoni EPC-8 Europiccola, and the KRUPS XP601050 Manual Pump Espresso Machine are examples of manual espresso machines.
The manual machines require you to pull your own shot of espresso as compared to the other machines which drip the shot for you. You will pull once or twice for a double shot. Each pull delivers 1.5 to 2 ounces of boiling water to the portafilter and presses the water through the ground coffee to your cup.
Most manual machines hold enough water for 8 shots of espresso. The boilers on the manual espresso machines have to be cooled down before you can add water to them as a word of caution. Manual espresso machines are reported to have the best tasting espresso made by any machine and is a yummy choice for your new espresso machine.
Francis Francis X7 Semi-Automatic, the Gaggia Baby Twin Espresso Machine and the Breville Programmable Espresso Machine are some examples of a semi-automatic machines. You will be doing your own dosing, tamping and grinding with a semi automatic. Although some come with grinders attached you still have to dose and tamp which most people prefer to do since it allows for personal adjustments in the brewing quality.
The semi-automatic is the most popular choice for most new espresso machine owners.
The semi automatic machines have the many different porta-filter basket choices to provide the different types of coffee you want to make such as with cafe crema and certain portafilters to use with the premade pods. There is also the hot water feature for making the Americana, which is espresso with hot water.
All have water reservoirs either, removable or not. With the semi automatic machines you will have to cool down the boiler after frothing before you can make another shot of espresso and the single serve machines aren’t built with that feature. This will create a small lag in time before you can pull the next shot and can be cumbersome to those who want to entertain groups of people. The Expobar Brewtus Office is an exception and can brew and steam at the same time allowing you to serve more people in a short amount of time. The semi-automatic is the most popular choice for most new espresso machine owners.
If you want to entertain all day long you will need the heat exchange machine to be able to brew and steam at the same time. Consider how many people you will be serving or if you are just strictly making espresso or using the frothing feature at the same time as brewing. In which case, you will want to consider buying the super automatic or automatic espresso machine.
If it’s convenience you want with your new espresso machine then go with the super automatic espresso machine.
Super Automatic Espresso Machines are able to grind, tamp, and brew your espresso shot for you while the regular automatic doesn’t do everything. They all have programmable temperature, and brew volume settings. Three such machines are the Philips SaecoVienna Plus Automatic Espresso Machine, the Gaggia Accademia Espresso Machine and the DeLonghi Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine. All are great machines to own and they are a lot of fun and very easy to use. If it’s convenience you want with your new espresso machine then go with the super automatic espresso machine.