If you are thinking about adding another beautiful, yet extremely versatile appliance to your kitchen countertop, called ‘espresso machine’, then you must be a huge fan of espresso. Be proud because you have fallen in love with the most appreciated coffee drink in the world. That is what espresso is. The synonym for strength, power and unique pleasure.
So, if you have decided to take this step, be prepared, because buying an espresso machine for the first time in your life can be a long and daunting process. Main reason is the fact that there is so much choice out there, from different brands and models to designs and of course, prices of espresso machines, so it is quite normal that someone with no previous experience, will find this task both complex and confusing at the same time. This is why we have prepared a simple step-by-step guide on how to choose the right espresso machine to make delicious homemade espressos.
First, let’s start by introducing the types of espresso machines available on today’s market:
Manual Espresso Machine
Many found them as an extremely complicated way to prepare espresso, although a manual espresso machine gives a special feeling of kitchen heritage. Usually, these machines feature no chokes nor crank start mechanisms and they maintain no constant water pressure. As a result, the user is required to manually push the water through the coffee, which undoubtedly can influence on the espresso quality.
Semi –Automatic Espresso Machine
Compared with the previous model, the semi-automatic espresso machine is more advanced, as it has built-in electric pumps that offer hands-free water pressure. In fact, it is the user that has the control of the pumps and he/she decides when to turn on or turn off the pump. Semi-automatic espresso machines also feature automated boiler temperature controls, which make this model a highly appreciated traditional espresso machine of the modern day.
Automatic Espresso Machine
They are quite similar to the semi-automatic espresso machines, but what makes automatic espresso machines different from semi-automatic ones is the electronic nanny that works as a regulator of the amount of water passing through the coffee. In most of cases, automatic espresso machines feature redundant semi-automatic controls.
Super-Automatic Espresso Machine
These are the most advanced models of espresso machines available on the market today, as they are all high-end designed with a great number of state-of-the-art features, including whistles, bells, built-in grinding apparatus and much more.
So, now you know all the types of espresso machines you have the option to choose from, but the question is: ‘What exactly do you want from your espresso machine?’ Whether you opt for ‘espresso only’, or mostly for cappuccino, or maybe both? Furthermore, how many coffee drinks you are planning to make in one day? If your needs are all ‘high-leveled’, you should go for an automatic or even better, a super-automatic espresso machine (as long as your budget allows you). But, if you are not that big coffee drinker, a semi-automatic espresso machine will perfectly do the job.