So, there are some great machines out there, and coffee types and beans a-plenty, but the thing is; where do you start? And where does it end? There are so many machines available, how do you know which one is right for you? That’s why I created the BEST ESPRESSO MACHINE BUYING GUIDE! to guide you to the right machines, roasters, grinders and beans.
ENTRY LEVEL: SINGLE SERVE ESPRESSO MAKERS
My article <HERE> goes into more detail. But in essence for this level, I looked at the best single serve coffee machines under $200, where the overall package, when you include a coffee bean grinder, is less than $250.
My perfect pick… The Gourmia GCM6500, which you should be able to buy, as well as a bean grinder, for around $200. Why do I suggest this? The machine comes with pre-programmed functionality, but when you get a chance you can play around to programme your own settings. It also accepts ALL MAJOR PODS! I also suggest a bean grinder because coffee that has been ground loses flavour quickly, so it is better to grind little and often. My personal pick for a coffee bean grinder would be the Bodum Bistro Grinder.
MID RANGE: ESPRESSO MAKER UNDER 500
My article <HERE> tells you more than this bare summary. However, the type of machines I looked at were semi-automatic coffee makers, where a full package can be achieved under $500. The clue is in the name, semi-automatic coffee makers make excellent coffee, with a little bit of intervention/effort.
My perfect pick… Well it has to be the DeLonghi EC680M Dedica Deluxe. I replaced my last DeLonghi with this slimline model to save counter space when I moved flats, and space was at a premium. It’s a perfect fit in my kitchen and as you can read in my bean to cup espresso maker under 1000 article, there are problems with bean to cup machines that can be easily overcome with a decent espresso maker under 500 and a small electric grinder. The DeLonghi comes in at around 8” wide footprint, 15 bar pressure, which is all you really need, and costs… get this… $300… and a decent electric grinder, like the Bodum Bistro electric coffee grinder I have, costs around $80…Why spend more?
HIGH END: ESPRESSO MAKER UNDER 1000
My article <HERE> tells you about some of the models and features out there for this higher-end of the range. These machines are typically around the $1000 mark but have come down in price in recent years. You can pick up a great package in this price bracket now, and in no time be making excellent espressos, lovely lattes or champion cappuccinos with little effort.
My perfect pick… Well believe it or not, even though you can get a bean to cup like the Krups, Gaggia or Saeco machines I highlight in the article, I actually still prefer to go for the semi-automatic Rancilio Silvia and a decent grinder. I know I bang on about it a LOT, but there is no substitute for freshly ground coffee! With the Rancilio Silvia coming in at around $715… and a Baratza 586 Virtuoso coming in at around $230. You can have an amazing set up for serving up to 8 and still have money left to buy… Coffee beans!
ARTISAN COFFEE MAKERS
Want to REALLY impress?? My article <HERE> looks at some of the higher skill level artisan methods of making coffee. From the lower end moka pots and pour over coffee makers, to hand pumped espresso makers. There is more then one way to get the perfect cup of joe!
My personal favorite? The Bialetti 6 Cup (12 Oz) Moka Express! With very little effort, this $35 stovetop coffee pot will produce great tasting espresso. Breaking my own golden rule, by buying Lavazza Crema e gusto pre-ground coffee, you really get an authentic taste of Italian espresso in this Italian designed and manufactured stove top. The design for which hasn’t changed much, if at all, since 1933, when Alfonso Bialetti set the wheels in motion!