Planning to Buy Espresso Machine: Things to Consider

Now that you understand what types of machines are available, let’s talk a bit about how to decide which one is best for you. First of all, I would recommend that you stay clear of steam espresso machines unless you drink only milk based coffee drinks. A manual espresso machine is also not the best choice for most first time buyers – if you get one of these espresso machines then be prepared for quite a number of poor espresso shots and some frustration before you learn get things right (the results are well worth it in the end if you don’t give up).  

Semi-automatic machines and automatic machines are very similar in concept, so I will treat them as one group for the purpose of this discussion and refer to them as semi-automatic machines. That leaves us with semi-automatic and super automatic machines – so your decision really boils down to a simple question: “Do I want a super automatic espresso machine?”. Let’s have a look at some of the major pros and cons of these bean-to-cup machines: (Shared from

  • Convenience – with higher end models you can pre-program several different drinks and then make them at a touch of a button.
  • Ease to use – your guests can easily operate the machine.
  • Consistency – you will get consistent shots of espresso right from the beginning (with semi-automatic machine some of your first few shots may be close to undrinkable).
  • Time – it will take far less of your time to make your espresso drink with a super automatic machine.
  • Reliability – super automatic machines are more prone to problems than semi-automatic machines.
  • Control of the brewing process – you will not get the best possible shot out of your beans with a super automatic machine.
  • Cost – super automatic machines cost usually more than a comparable semi-automatic machine.
  • freshly-brewed-espresso

Still not decided which way to go? Maybe a semi-automatic espresso machine with an option to take ESE pods (as well as ground coffee) may be the answer. You can start with the pods and then quickly progress to using your own coffee.

Unlike a coffee maker (which uses a dripping mechanism to brew a cup of joe) an espresso machine works instead by forcing very hot water through finely ground coffee known as a “puck.” This process causes the liquid to become thicker than regular coffee. In the end, this cappuccino also forms froth, known as “crema,” on top of the drink as a result of emulsifying the oils in the coffee into a colloid.

A fact that many people get backwards is that an espresso shot actually has less caffeine than cup of coffee (40-75 mg as compared to 80-185 mg.) If daily caffeine intake is a concern to you, then an espresso machine is a great investment.

Finally, when trying to find the best home espresso maker for your needs, you’re going to have to consider what type of drive mechanism you want it to use to make the beverage. Not all espresso machines operate in the same way, and the strength and taste of the drink is affected by the operation it uses to produce it. (Source:

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