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The Best Espresso Machines of 2017

Looking for the Best Home Espresso Makers? Here are our top picks with detailed reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you purchase the perfect coffee machine for your needs.

De'Longhi America EN750MB Nespresso Lattissima Pro Machine

This is a very pricey item, but worth it. I had never made Latte Machiattos at home before and within ten minutes, I had brewed my first one. It tasted as good as any I had at coffe shops. It was easy to clean as well. I have put the Keurig away and now I use this exclusively in the morning for my coffee. It also brews very quickly for heating up the water, milk and brewing the coffee. I use skim milk as the instructions recommend and get a great frothy milk layer on top.

Gaggia Classic Semi-Automatic Espresso Maker. Pannarello Wand for Latte and Cappuccino Frothing. Brews for Both Singl...

As someone who has tinkered around with lower end Delonghi and Mr. Coffee models, I can safely say this is the real shebang. As someone with friends in the local coffee scene, this machine came highly recommended. If you're reading this, allow me to be frank with you: unless you're willing to spend top dollar on a classy machine, this is as good as it gets. Everything else is trash. I'm considering getting the rancilio wand, but the one the gaggia comes equipped with really isn't as bad as people make it out to be. Do yourself a favor and get this is you are passionate about your espresso.

Saeco HD8645/47 X-Small Vapore Espresso Machine, Black

The machine itself is perfect for one or two people and it's small enough that it sits on my counter without consuming all the space around it. It comes to life fairly quickly in the morning and then freshly grinds and makes my americano. I get a really nice crema top and the coffee is robust without being bitter or too heavy. When I ordered it, I also ordered the medium roast from Lavazza - Crema e Aroma. Clean up is easy - you empty the pucks after eight coffees and the lights come on when you're low on water or beans. Really like the Vapore!

Jura IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum

The Jura machines make good coffee. With espresso, it's all about the steam pressure and the beans. Higher end machines may have more pressure, but my Jura machines have had enough. The beans you use in a semi-automatic machine make all the difference. I've experimented with many types of beans, and have found that a robust, dry (not oily) bean works best. French roast and most espresso roast beans don't work well because they are too sticky to move through the machine well. The best beans I have found have been Kirkland (i.e. Costco) Signature Espresso Beans. They are roasted by Starbucks, and better for these machines than even the Starbucks-brand espresso roast beans.

KRUPS EA8250 Espresseria Super Automatic Espresso Machine Coffee Maker with Built-in Conical Burr Grinder, 60-Ounce, ...

I can't say enough for how amazing this machine is. I use it three times or more per day since I bought it. When it first arrived I spent the whole week being a barista for the family. No one can get enough. The coffee fill container is really convenient at the top, the lid closes evenly making sure the coffee isn't exposed to too much air. There's a setting in there for how finely you want your beans ground. The water container at the back is easy to fill, you don't even have to remove it I just fill it as I go. The unit comes with a filter & the milk frother attachments. The side tray and bin are just a pull, dump, and push back in type cleaning method. It's just so easy.

Saeco Intelia Deluxe HD8759/47 Superautomatic Espresso Machine

The design is spiffy, with that gleaming chrome and purposeful looking lever for inserting and removing the cartridges. And there is something quite socially smooth about offering a guest an espresso produced with a single touch of a button. These are more expensive than they might be at around a half dollar each. Women and people with smaller forearms might find the lever for cartridge removal to be hard to operate. These limitations aside, the machine is solidly built, functions well, and is quietly elegant. A 'must have' for the discerning caffein addict.

La Pavoni PA-1200 Napolitana Stainless Steel Automatic Espresso Machine

This is an excellent espresso machine for the starter or the advanced barista. Heats up quickly and the heavy brass boiler, brass head and filter holder keep the machine ready for use. Consistently pulls espresso with a nice crema. The steam function provides plenty of steam to whip up thick frothed milk for cappuccinos. The grinder is easy to adjust maybe a little loud and holds enough beans for about 14 shots. The grinder isn't centered over the filter so you need to hold the filter tipped towards the back to keep the coffee in the holder. The machine is solid stainless steel, the drip trays are plastic but good enough. The reservoir holds 3 liters and is a little tight to remove and replace. The pump supplies plenty of pressure. I use the grinder setting between 5 - 4 depending on the bean.

Breville BES870CBXL The Barista Express Coffee Machine, Cranberry Red

This machine is truly fun to own if you are interested in making your "own" coffee. If you want to skip ahead of adjusting parameters almost every time you make your cup of coffee and about to complaint that his machine is too difficult to use, please buy a super-automatic machine. Super-automatic does average job all the time by just a press of a button.

KitchenAid Candy Apple Red Nespresso Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother

It is a great machine. It is much more solidly built than our original Nespresso machine, looks fabulous, works perfectly and is a much, much better machine than our original Nespresso machine. The product quality that KicthenAid brought to the table (who doesn't love their KitchenAid mixer?) and the coffee making knowledge Nespress brought to the table has resulted in a first class coffee maker. And after having Nespresso coffee, any other coffee tastes like brown swill. So we recommend this machine without hesitation. It's a fantastic machine!!!

Nespresso D300 Automatic Espresso Machine, Gray and Chrome

The idea of the capsules rather than using coffee beans requires some trade offs, but has lots of huge advantages. The capsules are super convenient, fast, clean and neat, attractive, and allow you to easily serve a variety of coffee blends (decaf, latin american, african, pure arabica, etc, which is fun). A big advantage is that they stay fresh for months at a time, so you can always have them on hand when you need them. Comparing the Nespresso system with the conventional system shows the value of convenience.

  • Luigi began his journey into coffee world after walking accidentally out of a coffee bean store. Attracted by the beautiful color and scent of the beans he realized that this was a field that wanted to explore in depth. Buying his first coffee grinder and some espresso beans was enough to break into the fascinating coffee scene.

    His curiosity though made him try numerous coffee equipment to perfect his prowess. Soon he developed the expertise that brought him in coffee industry, working as a first class barista in various places. Since then coffee making has become his all encompassing focus and he adopted an endless hunt for the perfect cup.

    As a premium coffee lover himself, is always interested for new ideas concerning the process, health benefits and recipes of his favorite beverage. In addition he performs frequently reviews of coffee equipment such as coffee grinders or coffee machines. He consistently keep his reviews unbiased and try to provide you the most objective reports.

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