Espresso machines buying tips. Anyone that enjoys a specialty coffee drink, espresso as an example will more than likely end up purchasing an espresso machine. With such a wide range available, it is difficult to try and make the right choice. Hopefully this post will help you make the right choice. A coffee machine can be quite an expensive piece of kitchen equipment, so it does pay to do research first.
Learn what each type of coffee machine will do and then make your decision.
Types of Espresso Machines
Manual Espresso Machines
These types of machines are a good place to start if you are just starting your coffee journey. They have basic functions, but you have to do all of the work. You have to measure out the right number of beans, then tamp into the hopper and brew coffee. You can adjust the strength until you get your ideal espresso. They are the cheapest version, but they do the job.
Semi-automatics will do some of the work for you, but you still need to adjust water temperature and its pressure. Once you have ground and tamped the beans, then the machine will do the rest for you. If I was starting out on my coffee adventure, then I would buy the manual version and not the semi-automatic. Mainly because it’s a bit cheaper and initially I would like to experiment with the flavours and varieties I can get. What I find is that all coffee machines make a good cup of espresso or a latte, but I want better than good.
Automatic machines do as they say, just add the water and beans and hey presto, here comes your coffee.
Super Automatic Machines
Super automatics are like automatic machines, except they do provide a little bit extra, as you would expect. They are a little bit quicker (Ideal if you are in a hurry) and the coffee has a slight improvement in flavour as the beans are pre-infused with water. You will more than likely find these machines in coffee shops or restaurants.
Espresso Machines Buying Tips
Depending on the amount of coffee you drink and how often you have friends over for coffee mornings will aid your decision. A friend of mine purchased a fully automatic machine, a quite expensive one, but the she has friends and family over on a regular basis, If the machine is just for you and you don’t mind a bit of work or would just like to work your way up, then the manual would be fine.
I hope this has been of use to you.
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