Are You Looking to Purchase A Home Espresso Machine?

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What is the best coffee machine to buy? For most coffee drinkers the answer lies in how you like to drink your coffee.
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If the thought of becoming a kitchen barista has you shaking without any caffeine, think again! There are a wide variety of espresso machines that are geared for home use, from the basic to the same machines used by the professionals. However, before you drop a couple hundred dollars on that top of the line espresso machine, consider your options and needs. Also, if you are experiencing sticker shock from some of the higher end espresso machines, keep in mind that you are saving a great deal on a daily basis by avoiding high priced indulgences at coffee shops or cafes.
 
The first thing you should know before choosing a home espresso machine is that there are several different varieties of machines. Each different type of machine will come with a different price tag and different capabilities. Although the top of the line machine may be nice, it may not necessarily meet your needs. Instead of buying an espresso machine simply because it is deemed the “best,” buy a machine that you can (and will) use on a regular basis. The different types of home espresso machines are:

Pump Espresso: Typically what you will find in a coffee shop, a pump espresso machine is usually made for commercial purposes, but can be used in your home. Be prepared to expand your budget if you are looking to purchase a pump espresso machine since they are typically the priciest of the bunch. Also, pump espresso machines are usually the largest of the options, but it produces a fantastic cup of espresso. These machines work by using a pump to keep the water pressure at an appropriate level. The Rancilio range is quite popular and seems to be the best quality machine available in its size.

Steam Espresso: Using steam to create pressure to make the espresso, these steam powered espresso machines are typically the type found in the home. With smaller machines that occupy less space and cost less money, steam espresso machines are quite quick and easy to use. However, keep in mind that the steam produced may not provide the appropriate level of pressure, so the steam level should be constantly maintained. There are many different option but most of the steam wands struggle to build enough pressure to deliver correctly steamed milk.

Moka Pots: Moka Pots are a stove top method for producing espresso. The process is simple and easy, although the final product may be less than professional. Using a specially designed two-part pot, the steam produced by the water boiling in the bottom of the pot is forced into the top part of the pot, where the coffee is boiling. It requires a great deal less pressure than the other types of home espresso machines, but there is no milk frothing or foaming attachments, so you may have to sacrifice that feature for price and size.

Pod Espresso Machines : Works on a simple system where the pump at the bottom sucks water in and then pumps it through the machine. The hot, high-pressure water pumps through the coffee in the pod, releasing the flavor. Your cost per cup on this option is the highest but it is the most convenient and easy machine to use. If you only drink espresso and or black coffee this will probably be the best option for you.

Your choice should be based upon your needs, overall size of the machine, and of course the price. A high end espresso machine can run up a bill in the thousands of dollars.

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