Coffee aficionados who spend dollars a day on their favorite cup of espresso and queue in long lines at the counter at the local coffee shop have a way to save time and money. By making their espresso at home, coffee lovers can have a great cup of coffee for pennies on the dollar that is made in minutes. While some may prefer the coffee house experience, there is nothing stopping you from enjoying your espresso at home that you make yourself.
Like any product, home espresso machines come in all sorts of varieties. One can purchase a high quality espresso machine for under $200, so they are not as expensive as you think. If you want more features, those are available in the espresso machines at higher price points. Still, the espresso makers in the lower price range perform well and get the job done for a cheaper price.
One must look closely at the specifications of an espresso machine in order to make sure that they are truly an espresso machine. In order to be considered espresso, a machine must use at least nine bars of pressure for the boiling water. Pressure is the key to making a creamy and realistic espresso. Even the more affordable models of espresso machine can still make you a great cup of espresso at a fraction of the cost of a coffee house.
There are two different types of espresso machines. The first is a steam-driven machine. The second is a pump-driven machine. Steam machines can either use electricity or be made on a stovetop. There are a variety of different types of pump machines.
High-end espresso machines can grind the coffee for you, and there is no need for a grinder. In addition, the higher-end machines will also include a milk foamier so the cup comes out with the milk on top. It is usually the additional features that are what you pay for when you buy a higher-end machine. Even at the lower price points, there is still plenty of power to make a great cup of espresso. Customers do not have to strain their budgets in order to be able to afford a great espresso machine. In fact, some of the extra pressure beyond the required nine bars, while it is nice to have, is not vital to making a cup of espresso.
With that said, it’s much more common for commercial places to provide a high-end espresso machine, such as when you order Moe’s catering for your events. A very high end espresso machine can cost upwards of $2,000, so in that case there is almost no need to have one for your home unless you host a ton of events or parties.
Another feature that is important, no matter what price point you are buying, is the consistency of the espresso maker. In other words, machines need to be able to put out the same cup of espresso every time. This largely results from the temperature and pressure that are used in the brewing process. A machine that is able to maintain stability with these two inputs will be able to make a uniformly good cup of espresso every single time.
Another major difference between espresso machines is that some are automatic while others are semi-automatic. An automatic machine will require only the push of one button to make espresso from start to finish. When using an automatic machine, you can simply push the button and walk away to another task. A semi-automatic machine requires the use of a lever to make the espresso. This will require some skill on the part of the maker. The user will have to grind and properly fit the coffee into the machine. In other words, there is some work for the user at the front end, but then the automatic features take over and do the rest. If you enjoy making and crafting the perfect cup of espresso, semi-automatic machines are a great choice for you.