Well, The world we currently live in is coffee mad. You don’t have to look very far to see that this is true.
It’s almost impossible to walk 2 minutes through your neighborhood without being greeted with the smell of freshly brewed coffee, or the bright neon green sign of a Starbucks.
One of the most popular caffeinated beverages of choice is the Espresso, or “Shot Coffee” as it is known among enthusiasts.
The only downside is that these strong, high-impact shots of coffee do not come cheap.
A regular espresso shot from a large chain like Starbucks or Costa, or a boutique coffee shop can cost in excess of $5 each. Considering the size of the drinks, that’s pretty expensive!
The easiest way to combat this issue is to invest in a high quality Espresso machine for your own home.
This will allow you to brew the same standard of espresso as the coffee shops, but in the comfort of your own home and for a fraction of the price.
However, as with most modern home appliances, the amount of choice can be overwhelming.
Unless you are a seasoned Coffee Barista with years of experience, I am going to assume that you know very little about home Espresso machines (why else would you be reading this article?).
Luckily for you, we do know a thing or two, so we decided to share with you a breakdown of the best Espresso machines on the market in 2017, with comprehensive reviews, and pros and cons of each machine.
What Are The Best Espresso Machines 2017?
We were spoiled for choice when deciding which Espresso machines we were going to review for you, so we decided to shortlist the ten best Espresso machines based on our own experience, and other reviews we have found across the internet.
The price tag for Espresso machines can range from next to nothing, all the way up to several thousands of dollars, so to keep your budget in mind, we have chosen the best Espresso machines from a variety of different price ranges.
So without further ado, let’s jump into the reviews…
|Machine Name||Type||User Rating|
|Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine|
|Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine||Semi Automatic||7.8|
|Jura ENA Micro 1 Espresso Machine||Super Automatic||8.4|
|Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler||Steam||9|
|Rancilio HSD-SILVIA Espresso Machine||Steam||8|
|DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica||Super Automatic||8.2|
|Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista|
|Krups EA8250 Espresso Machine||Semi Automatic||7.8|
|DeLonghi EC155 15 Bar Pump Espresso Machine||Semi Automatic||7.6|
|Nespresso Lattissima Plus Capsule System||Capsule||8.4|
01. Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine – The Best of The Best?
Are you looking for an extremely high quality, commercial level Espresso machine that will blow your expectations out of the water?
Then look no further than the BES870XL from Breville.
As the winner of several product awards, this semi-automatic Espresso machine is simple to use, but can create some of the highest quality shots of Espresso that you can expect from a semi-automatic machine, all for under $600.
The BES870XL comes equipped with its very own built in fine-burr coffee grinder and a magnetized tamper, saving you a lot of time and effort when it comes to grinding up and packing your beans.
The fine-burr grinder can chew up coffee beans and produce a fine powder within a matter of seconds. This machine also gives the user the ability to choose the coarseness of the grounded coffee beans, with a total of 16 different levels.
The coarseness of the coffee beans is not the only available function either, being a semi-automatic machine, you can also select and adjust the amount of grounds used in a brew, as well as an option to choose whether a single wall or a double wall basket is being used.
Breville will include 4 filter baskets in the box: 2 which are double-walled and pressurized, and 2 which are single walled and non-pressurized.
The double-walled baskets are perfect for beginners or those with little experience, whereas the single walled baskets will allow the experienced Barista to play around with the ground amounts, sizing and tamping pressure.
One thing you will notice with the BES870XL is that although the portafilter is a few mm smaller than a regular commercial sized portafilter, the spouts are just regular commercial style spouts.
Luckily, this machine comes with its own tamper which fits the portafilter perfectly. The water tank can be found around the back of the machine, and can hold a maximum of 2 liters.
Cleaning the machine is fast and simple, making it perfect for busy folk who don’t have a lot of time to spare.
For the milky coffee lovers out there, this machine is perfect for you.
If you are in the mood for a Cappuccino or a Latte, then the BES870XL can steam milk to the perfect temperature in less than 30 seconds, and because the steaming wand is mounted to the side of the machine on a 360 degree swivel, you can control the milk easily and without any mess.
The Breville BES870XL certainly ticks all of the boxes.
It’s built incredibly well using the best quality materials, it produces a fantastic cup of coffee and its wide variety of functions make it the perfect choice for both beginners and experts alike.
Although some may grumble at the price tag, when you consider the longevity that you can expect from a machine of this quality, and the amount of money you will save from not having to purchase $5 Espressos ever again, it’s an absolute steal.
02. Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine: No-Frills Espresso Making
The company who manufacture these machines (Gaggia) have been making the same machine for over 25 years, and not much has changed over that time span.
If something isn’t broke, then why fix it?
The emphasis of this machine is not in how it looks. It’s not supposed to be a huge, shiny piece of apparatus that looks nice on your kitchen side.
It’s here to make the best cup of Espresso possible, so there is no need for anything fancy. With that being said, it’s not an ugly machine by a long shot.
The body is made from the highest quality stainless steel, and the portafilter and gearhead are made from heavy duty, chrome finished brass.
The 72oz water reservoir is situated around the back of the machine, out of the point of view. It’s easy to remove, easy to fill and easy to clean.
If you are looking for something simplistic but with an amazing set of features, then you will love the 14101 Classic.
The first feature that will impress you with the Gaggia 14101 is the super-fast warm up times. This machine features a high voltage boiler which helps to heat the temperature to the perfect point within a matter of seconds.
If speed is something which you enjoy, then you will also be impressed by the ‘reload’ times of this machine.
The built in 3 way solenoid valve can remove pressure from the gearhead instantly after each brew is finished, allowing the machine to prepare for the next Espresso shot incredibly fast.
The Gaggia 14101 is also compatible with coffee pods, so if you are a fan of instant coffees and novelty drinks such as Cappuccino, Latte and hot chocolate, then this machine can also replace your other machines.
The 14101 also has the ability to make two shots of Espresso at the same time, just in case one isn’t enough of a kick!
This machine also comes with a steaming wand to allow you to make milkier drinks. However, the wand itself a little bit static, and isn’t as flexible as the wand you would typically find on other top-end machines.
This isn’t a problem in itself, but it’s something to keep in mind if you use the steaming wand a lot. This machine will still produce a rich crema every single time, so I wouldn’t worry too much.
If you are looking for a no-frills machine that is easy to use, easy to clean and produces a fantastic cup of Espresso then look no further than the Gaggia 14101.
There are many machines with more bells and whistles, but not many can compete with this machine in terms of its Espresso quality.
03. Jura ENA Micro 1 Espresso Machine – A Truly Modern Machine
The ENA Micro 1 from Jura combines a truly stunning exterior with a simple to use interface and the ability to create some of the purest Espresso you will ever taste.
Designed to produce just a single shot of Espresso at a time, the Micro 1 features a unique, intelligent heating system that makes sure your drink is as consistent as it can be.
The ENA Micro 1 is small in size, but packs one hell of a punch. The exterior is modern, it’s sleek and it’s relatively small in size (9 inch wide, 12.7 inch tall and 17.5 inch deep).
The Micro 1 also comes with a simple to use, innovative touchscreen interface which allows you to program the machine quickly, and without hassle.
Like most super-automatic Espresso machines, the Jura ENA Micro 1 comes equipped with a built in burr grinder which can grind up the perfect amount of beans just prior to brewing, ensuring the Espresso is as fresh as possible.
The coffee beans are stored inside a protective seal which keeps them constantly fresh, and the beans are only ground up a few seconds before they are used.
One function of the touch screen allows you to choose how strong you want your brew. There are two options, and each one will determine how man coffee beans are ground up (8 or 10 grams).
The touchscreen also allows you to program what size cup you will be using, and gives you three choices (Espresso, Coffee or Ristretto). The spout is adjustable between 2 and 5.5 inches, making it suitable for larger travel mugs too.
One of the most impressive features of this machine is its energy saving abilities.
The Micro 1 is very energy efficient. The machine will automatically swap to an energy saving mode after 5 minutes of inactivity, and will turn off completely after 2 hours since your last brew.
The machine uses ZERO energy when it’s not being used.
The Jura ENA Micro 1 is a gorgeous piece of machinery, but it also has to goods to back up its price tag.
Being a super-automatic machine, you do give up a few of the extra features and bells and whistles that you can expect from a semi-automatic, but where it lacks in features, it makes up in its Espresso making abilities.
If you need something quick, consistent and energy efficient, then go for this one.
04. Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler – Expensive, But Is It Worth It?
Is the price justifiable? Is it really worth spending $1200+ on a coffee machine?
The answer, in short…
YES. If you are looking for the gold standard of Espresso machines, then you have found it here, my friend.
Equipped with all of the bells and whistles that you could ever want, and the ability to create 4 shots of the best Espresso simultaneously, the BES920XL is the leader of the pack when it comes to semi-automatic Espresso machines.
The BES920XL has a similar look and feel to the rest of Brevilles high-end Espresso machines. It’s large, it’s made from high-quality stainless steel, and it demands your attention when you walk past it.
This machine boasts an electronic PID temperature controller for accurate and precise water temperatures. All of this data is displayed on a backlit LCD display that is built on the front of the machine.
The display shows the brew temperature, the shot clock or the time.
The BES920XL can be intimidating at first, especially for those who are new to the world of Espresso, but we promise you that it’s not as scary as it looks. It has a bunch of different features, but they are easy to program and use.
Where do we start?
The most unique feature of the BES920XL is its dual-boiler. This crafty piece of apparatus will allow you to heat the water and the milk separately, but at the same time.
This ensures precision and consistency like never before. No more waiting around for the milk to steam whilst your Espresso goes cold. You can make a freshly brewed Cappuccino in a matter of minutes.
One shot of Espresso not enough for you?
Having friends around? Whatever the case, if you need multiple shots of Espresso then you are in luck, as the dual-shot spout is capable of producing 4 shots at the same time.
Brewing the perfect shots couldn’t be any simpler, thanks to the built in PID display which tracks everything from the temperature, to the pressure and the time remaining.
Other features include the ability to fine-tune and customize the pre-infusion period and the ability to program the volume of coffee that you will require depending on your preferences (1 or 2 cups)
There is nothing more that we can say about this machine. It’s expensive, but it’s absolutely worth it. It’s intimidating and powerful, yet simple to use. It’s built using the best quality materials, yet it’s easy to clean.
If you are looking to invest in a semi-automatic machine, and you want the best of the best, then this is the machine that we would recommend.
05. Rancilio HSD-SILVIA Espresso Machine – The Best Seller
The Rancilio Silvia is a fully manual machine that requires a fair bit of skill and capability is order to truly appreciate what it has to offer.
If you think you have got what it takes to manage a manual machine, you will be rewarded with some of the best Espresso you have ever tasted. Even the Italians would be proud!
The Rancilio HSD-SILVIA is one of the most well recognized Espresso machines in the world, and one of the best sellers, too.
With a reputation like that, you can expect this machine to be built to last. The Silvia is made up of an iron frame, and stainless steel side panels. It’s small in size, and looks very ‘Italian’ if there was ever such a thing.
Although the Silvia has one of the largest single boiler capacity of most other Espresso machines, you will be surprised by how compact it looks.
The front of the machine is not very busy for such a powerful machine. There is only a power switch and a few function buttons.
If you wanted to take this machine to an even greater level, you could even install its own PID with an LED display to help you keep an eye on the temperatures.
The Rancilio HSD-Silvia is far from lacking in features.
First of all, this machine boasts a 12oz brass boiler that can produce steam with enormous power, but at the same time, recover back to a standstill and ready position very quickly, to allow you to brew more cups in less time.
The Silvia also comes equipped with a commercial grade 58mm portafilter, which isn’t very common on a home Espresso system. You would usually find 54mm or smaller, depending on the price tag of the model.
If you are interested in brewing Cappuccino or Latte then the articulating, fully mobile steam wand will help you steam milk for the perfect cup.
The Silvia is also known to produce a very consistent and stable cup of coffee, which is in part due to its commercial quality group head. In the box, you will find a plastic tamper (we recommend getting a better quality one), 2 filter baskets for single and double shots of Espresso and a 7 gram coffee scoop.
There is a reason why the Rancilio Silvia is still one of the world’s bestselling Espresso machines.
It may require a little bit more skill and attention to get started, but the coffee it produces is of fantastic quality. Make sure you purchase a high quality coffee grinder to use with this machine, and you will be a happy customer for years to come.
Its quality exterior will last longer than most at this price point, so if you are in this for the long run, then this is the machine for you.
06. DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica – The King Of Super-Automatic?
If you are looking for something that produces Espresso extremely well, but completely automatic, then you won’t be disappointed with this one.
It’s made up of commercial grade components, but comes in at a ‘home grade’ price. This is a must have for the time conscious enthusiasts out there.
The ESAM3300 is relatively small in comparison to some other super-automatic Espresso machines, but where it lacks in size, it makes up for in power, and features.
The most impressive aspect of the Magnificas design, which also doubles as one of its greatest features is the digital control panel. It’s very easy to program and customize.
Being a fully automatic machine, it’s crucial that the machine is easy to program and allows you to customize your perfect brew without all of the hassle. The Magnifica passes that test with flying colors.
The water container has a capacity of 60 ounces, the beans container has a capacity of 200 liters and the water container is easily removable. In terms of dimensions, the Magnifica measures in at just 17 by 13 by 18 inches.
The built in burr grinder is compact, out of the way and fast. It only takes one push of a button to activate the machine.
The beans will begin to grind while the foam is frothing perfectly. The twisting dials on the front of the machine allow you to customize everything from the cup size, to the strength of the brew you require.
The display panel also contains a unique system that is unique to DeLonghi, which is the “Cappuccino System”. This feature will allow the spout to rotate a complete 180 degrees, allowing you to fit almost any sized cup inside there.
One of the most impressive features of the Magnifica is its ability to clean and manage itself. No need to refill the water tank, no need to clean the individual parts and no need to decalcify the machine every couple of years.
The unique build of this Espresso machine will do all of that for you, automatically. When we said it’s automatic, we meant it.
The ESAM3300 utilizes two stainless steel boilers and a bean brew system to make sure your drink is consistently perfect. The reload time between each shot is another impressive feature.
If you are fond of the fancier beverages such as Lattes and Cappuccinos, then this machine has got you covered as well.
This truly is the best super-automatic machine on the market in 2017.
Super-automatic machines are often touted as inferior to semi-automatic in regards to the coffee quality, but you will be hard pressed to find a machine that can produce a drink as good as this machine can.
If you are pressed for time and need something that is fast, easy to use and self-cleaning, then we highly recommend this machine to you.
07. Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista – Espresso For Less Than $200
The Cafe Barista machine from Mr. Coffee may be the right one for you.
One of the most well-known coffee machine brands in the U.S, Mr. Coffee is known for producing reliable and cost effective home appliances for people who don’t have the commercial grade budget.
This machine is super-automatic and very simple to use. No matter how experienced you are with coffee makers, you will have no problem brewing a nice shot of Espresso with this one.
When looking at the design of the machine and the build quality, you need to keep in mind the price point of this one.
For less than a couple hundred dollars, you can’t expect the strongest of stainless steel and polished chrome finishes. With that being said, the machine is small, compact and will look great on any home counter top.
The black and silver colors are contrasting, and the milk section makes it stand out. The Cafe Barista is also available in black and red, or black and white.
It’s not the best looking machine on this list, but it’s still a fine machine. You won’t be disappointed with the design or the build quality, we promise you.
Being a super-automatic Espresso machine, you can expect the Cafe Barista to have all of the bells and whistles of any other super automatic machine.
It does, and more!
The one touch panel allows you to create a quality cup of coffee at the press of one button.
There are three drink types to choose from: Espresso, Cappuccino or Latte, as well as an option to choose whether you want a single shot or a double shot. The cup tray can be adjusted, depending on which option you choose.
The milk is kept in its own container, and is easy to remove, refill and clean. The automatic milk frother is surprisingly good, and can produce a very high quality froth effortlessly.
For the price point, it’s one heck of a machine. It will never compete with the Brevilles of the world, but it does the job, and does it surprisingly well.
If you are new to Espresso brewing, or simply don’t care for a million and one features, then this is the machine for you. It’s the perfect entry-level machine. You can always upgrade in the future if you need more features.
08. Krups EA8250 Espresso Machine – A Lot Of Machine For Your Money
This super-automatic machine, like a lot of other products by Krups, prides itself on being able to produce high quality coffee in a matter of seconds.
Hailing from France, this fully automated machine is perfect for the ‘on-the-go’ individual who doesn’t have time to invest every time they want a shot of Espresso.
If that sounds like you, then keep on reading…
This machine is a stunner. It really is! If you are a lover of modern, sleek looking appliances, then we guarantee that you will love this.
Unfortunately, it’s only available in black, but we can’t complain about that…
Just look at how amazing it looks. This will be a great addition to any kitchen counter top.
Surprisingly, for such a powerful machine, it’s relatively small and compact, so even if you don’t have much space available in your kitchen, we are confident that you could find somewhere for this machine to fit comfortably.
The Krups EA8250 features on of the best looking displays we have come across.
The LCD screen and ergonomic dials allow you to navigate the menu with ease to choose the type of drink you require, the number of cups and a few other features.
The EA8250 is packed full of features, it would take forever to explain them all in major detail.
Let’s just take a look at the most impressive features that we have found with this machine. First of all, the large bean hopper is sealed well enough to keep your beans fresh for as long as possible.
There is no need to constantly change the beans, just fill it once and you are set for a while.
The machine is also self-cleaning. All of the internal parts are cleaned automatically, so there is no need to open her up every few months for maintenance.
The most impressive feature of this system, in our opinion, is the thermos-block system.
This allows the machine to produce steaming hot coffee in a matter of seconds, without damaging the water quality or compromising the taste of the final product.
The grinding and tamping is incredibly quick, too. The whole experience is fast, from start to finish. It’s perfect if you are busy.
Users can set the coarseness level of the ground beans by using the display on the front of the machine. The burr grinder is of commercial quality, and always grinds the beans to perfection.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 25 years, you will know exactly who Krups are, and how great their reputation is in the coffee brewing world.
This machine is new to the family, but it’s certainly not going to let down their brands reputation, as it’s fast, beautiful to look at and produces a great cup of Joe.
It’s packed full of features, and is incredibly simple to use. It’s perfect for busy folk who need a fantastic shot of Espresso without the hassle, but it’s also good enough to please the biggest Aficionados, too.
You won’t be disappointed with this one.
09. DeLonghi EC155 15 Bar Pump Espresso Machine – For The Budget Conscious Coffee Lover
You know that by reading the rest of the reviews on this page.
However, they don’t have to be.
If you are looking for an Espresso machine that can brew a quick shot of Espresso that is similar to the quality that you will find at a large chain coffee shop like Starbucks, then the EC155 is perfect for you.
The EC155 is the bestselling semi-automatic Espresso machine on Amazon. Let’s take a closer look at it to find out why…
For just a cost friendly machine, it certainly isn’t lacking in the style department.
The EC155 is both compact and stylish at the same time, with a total weight of around 5lbs. The interface is very simple, and very easy to use.
It uses a dial operating system to let you choose the certain features that you require, such as the type of beverage you are creating, the number of cups, and the coffee strength.
The water tank has a 1 liter capacity and is fully removable and easy to clean, as is the drip tray.
The EC155 is designed to accommodate a full sized cappuccino cup, but it can even accommodate two if you remove the drip tray. Overall, it’s a good looking, easy to use, well-built machine that is great value for the price.
For such a cheap machine, it’s definitely rich in features.
The first thing to mention is the 15 BAR pump pressure system, which is extremely powerful for a machine at this price range.
It also has the ability to use ESE pods as well as coffee grounds, so if you fancy something different from time to time, then you always have the option.
The EC155 also features a quality swivel jet, which although is only 3 and a quarter inches in size, can make a rich and creamy froth that is perfect for Lattes and Cappuccinos.
The majority of people who have tried this machine will agree with us when we say it’s a good bang for your buck.
It’s less than a hundred dollars, but it can make a decent shot of Espresso that could rival some machines that are double its price point.
It will never be able to compete with the rest of the Espresso machines we have reviewed in this article, but for less than $100, did you really expect it to?
This is a perfect entry-level machine that will give you some practice with a Semi-automatic, if you ever want to upgrade in the future.
Coming in at less than $400, the Lattissima Plus is a very popular Espresso machine among Espresso and Cappuccino lovers.
DeLonghi are one of the oldest and most respected brands of coffee machine manufacturers in the world, and this machine proves exactly why. Let’s dive in and see why.
The machine itself is very compact.
It will hardly take up any space on your kitchen counter top. It’s also relatively light, weighing in at just shy of 10 pounds. In terms of its dimensions, it measures a compact 13 x 1.7 x 10.2 inches (L x W x H).
The machine is made from stainless steel and plastic, and the main focal point of the design is the milk container, which is on show at the front of the machine.
You can easily fit a regular sized Cappuccino cup underneath the nozzle, and the parts are easy to remove and clean. Overall it’s a simple, yet clean looking machine that is perfect for any home or office.
First of all, the Lattissima is a super-automatic machine, even though it isn’t really advertised as one, so the greatest features you can expect from this one is an easy to use interface, fast heating up times and automated controls to be able to choose the type of drink you require.
The machine can manage Espresso, Cappuccino, and Latte, Espresso Coffee or Long Coffee and even plain old hot milk.
The Lattissima can also remember your settings, making it even quicker to brew your favourite drinks.
Our favourite aspect of this Espresso machine is its ease of maintenance.
It’s super easy to clean.
The water tank (30oz) is removable and easy to clean, as is the drip tray and the container that holds the capsules. This Espresso machine is also very Eco-friendly, thanks to its power-off modes that will automatically turn the machine off after 30 minutes.
It’s a novelty machine to some, and not a “real” espresso machine to others, but in our opinion, it’s one hell of a machine that is easy to use, and produces a high quality beverage that is extremely consistent.
It’s hard to find a machine that creates coffee as consistently as this one. The Lattissima will run you around $500, but if you are looking for something easy to use, beautiful to look at and consistent, then look no further.
Best Espresso Machines Buyers Guide
If you are still uncertain as to which Espresso machine is the right one for you, then here is our comprehensive Espresso machine buyers guide to help you understand exactly what you should be looking for when purchasing an Espresso machine that suits your need, for your home.
What Are The Different Types Of Espresso Machine?
Wait a second, there’s more than one type of Espresso machine? Don’t they all just make coffee?
If only it was that simple!
There are actually a few different types of Espresso machine available for home use, some easier to use than others.
The good news is, there is an Espresso machine to suit your needs regardless of how much flexibility you need with the functions.
Need a machine that is simple to use, and creates a shot of Espresso fast? Need something with a few more bells and whistles to customize your coffee to your liking?
Whatever your case may be, there is a specific type of Espresso machine that will suit you best.
Let’s dive into the options…
Steam-Driven Vs. Pump-Driven: What Is The Difference?
Now we are going to be throwing a lot of unfamiliar terms at you over the next few minutes, but don’t be discouraged. Choosing the best Espresso machine for your own needs is actually a lot easier than you may think.
The first thing you need to decide is whether or not you want a steam-driven machine, or a pump-driven machine.
Steam-driven Espresso machines are generally a fraction of the price of its pump-driven counterpart, but with the drop in price, there is also a drop in the quality of Espresso that they can produce.
As the name suggests, a steam-driven Espresso machine uses steam pressure to force hot water through the grounded coffee beans, producing the drink we all know and love, Espresso.
The problem with steam-driven machines is that they simply are not powerful enough to create the sort of pressure required to make a good cup of Espresso.
They also lack the consistency, so every cup of Espresso can end up having a different taste, and a different temperature. Not good for the Espresso fanatics out there.
If you are looking for something extremely cheap (you can find them for less than $50) that can produce an ‘average’ cup of Espresso, then a steam driven machine is for you.
If you want something with a little bit more power, and a little bit more consistency, then you will need a pump driven machine.
Again, as the name suggests, a pump-driven Espresso machine is simply an Espresso machine that uses a pump to force the hot water through the beans.
The key difference here though, is that the pump is electronically driven, and can make the perfect cup of Espresso every single time, without fail.
There are two main categories of pump-driven Espresso machines, Super-automatic and semi-automatic. We will break both of them down in the next section.
Super-Automatic vs. Semi-Automatic: Which Is The Best For Me?
Deciding which type of pump-driven Espresso machine is the right choice for you will depend on a few main factors, with the most important being whether or not you want a lot of control over the final product.
The names are pretty self-explanatory.
A super-automatic Espresso machine is ‘Super’ automatic, meaning it does absolutely everything for you. Simply add your chosen beans to the machine, and leave it to do the rest.
Since these machines are all pump-driven, you can expect the quality of Espresso to be top notch every time, but with the Super-automatic machines, you do give up a little bit of the customization features that you would get with the Semi-automatic.
The semi-automatic Espresso machine still handles a lot of the work itself, but if you want to create the perfect cup of Espresso every time, then there are certain aspects that you need to take care of yourself.
For example, the coffee beans will need to be ground and tampered manually.
The result of this extra hard work will be a very specific cup of Espresso that you can call your own. Want to impress your Espresso loving friends? A semi-automatic is for you!
Let’s look at the pros and cons of both of these types of machines, to make your decision a little bit easier.
Is a Super-Automatic Espresso Machine For Me?
If you are looking for convenience over quality, then look no further than a super-automatic Espresso machine. These machines are ready to roll as soon as you take them out of the box and plug them in.
You only need to add your beans, and you are good to go. No fine tuning, no manual work to get prepared, just machine quality Espresso in a matter of minutes.
Let’s take a look at the pros of using a Super-automatic machine:
- They are quick – These machines have built in coffee grinders, so you only need to add the whole beans straight out of the packet. The machine will grind the beans, tamp them down then automatically start producing a shot of the good stuff.
- Super-automatic machines usually utilize just one button – Go! Press it one, and it’s off it goes.
- Automatic Filling – Many of the better machines can be connected to a mains water line, so they can fill up with water automatically. No need to constantly check the water levels.
- Better models can actually produce more than just Espresso. Whether you fancy a Cappuccino, a Latte or simply a milky Espresso, a Super-automatic machine will do that for you, well, automatically!
- They are considerably cheaper – By giving up a few extra features, you can expect the prices to drop considerably. We are not saying they are cheap, like the steam-powered machines we mentioned earlier, but compared to the top of the line Semi-automatic machines, they are far more affordable.
What about the cons?
- You lose some control over the final product – By sacrificing a few of the more advanced features in order to achieve more automation, you ultimately give up the ability to control the Espresso that you produce.
- The Espresso isn’t as high quality – This one is self-explanatory. You can’t expect the same level of quality from an automated machine when compared to the quality of a machine that requires more ground work and effort.
Is A Semi-Automatic The Best Espresso Machine You Can Buy?
If you are a true Espresso connoisseur, or if you are planning to pick up coffee brewing as a new hobby, then you will definitely need to consider purchasing a semi-automatic Espresso machine.
These are the “Crème de la crème” of Espresso machines, and will give you the ability to brew the same quality of Espresso that you will find in even the most expensive of Coffee shops or Espresso stands.
Still not convinced? Here are the pros of purchasing a semi-automatic Espresso machine:
- You have ultimate control – The user has the ability to control the temperature, the pressure and even the speed at which the water flows through the beans. The machine is user-controlled, so you have the ability to influence the taste of the final product.
- Consistency – Once you have fully understood how to brew the coffee that you enjoy, you can expect a flawless cup of Joe every single time, with the highest level of consistency.
- The best possible taste – This is a big one for those of you who care about the taste of your Espresso. Having more control will ultimately yield a better tasting Espresso, if you know how to use it correctly.
- They look amazing – Semi-automatic Espresso machines are usually large, chrome and look super fancy. Imagine having one of those planted on your kitchen counter top?
What about the cons?
- There is no built-in coffee grinder – You will have to manually grind your coffee beans and tamp them down. Of course, you always have the option of purchasing beans that are already ground, but if you are serious about making the best Espresso possible, it’s better to grind them yourself. This will mean purchasing a good quality coffee grinder, and spending a few minutes every day getting everything prepared. It’s a small price to pay, we reckon!
- They are more expensive – As you would imagine, the more features and control that you have, the more you are going to have to pay.
Final Words – Let’s Wrap Things Up
So to conclude; if you are someone who is simply looking to make a quick Espresso shot in the morning to wake you up from your morning haze, and you don’t care too much about having the highest quality possible, then a super-automatic Espresso machine is the one for you.
We are not saying the coffee that these machines make are bad, but in comparison to the stuff you can brew with a semi-automatic, it is considerably inferior.
If you an Espresso expert who doesn’t mind putting in the extra work to make the perfect shot every single time, then you will definitely be more suited to a semi-automatic.