by Danny | 3:43 am

Espresso is not only a strong, delicious drink just by itself; it’s also the base for lattes, flavored lattes, cappuccinos, machiattos, flat whites, cortados, and so many other drinks.

Espresso is like black gold, and let’s just say it how it is… it’s amazing!

The Best Espresso Machines

More and more people are wanting to make their own delicious espresso at home.

But the question is, how do you choose the right one from the thousands that are out there? This is kind of a big deal, and it’s usually not exactly cheapest item in the kitchen section.

In this article, I’m going to tell you about different types of espresso machines and about different options for pricing and style.

If you’re on the hunt for the best espresso machines, or the best one for you personally for your home brewing, read on.

The great thing about it is that there are so many styles and options!

I can say with confidence that I have something for pretty much everyone, especially budget-wise! Anything from $25 to well over $1,000…

You’re about to learn how to choose the best espresso maker for you.

I’ve done a lot of research to help you figure it out!

But first, let’s talk about the different kinds of espresso machines…

Types Of Espresso Makers

When it comes to the different kinds of espresso makers, we’ve got everything from small and fully manual to big and fully automatic.

However, one type of “espresso machine” I won’t include in my list is pod espresso machines… for example Keurig or Nespresso and so on.

In my own humble (and sometimes flawed) opinion, I don’t really consider these to be espresso machines.

If we can call what comes out of these machines espresso, it’s such bad quality espresso that it’s better to just get a good quality drip coffee maker like this one or maybe an AeroPress, which makes amazing espresso or coffee.

Moka Pot is also a great little coffee maker that makes strong, espresso-like coffee. They’re small, fun to use, and make good coffee. But I wouldn’t call this espresso either, so I won’t list that below.

However, many people do consider Moka Pot an espresso maker. So if you’re looking for that and where that falls, that would be on the fully manual list.

It’s a nice way to make coffee, or espresso, or whatever you think it is!

But even in terms of the best fully manual espresso makers – and while Moka Pot can make a great cup of coffee – I think the Minipresso makes much better espresso than Moka Pot!

Just as a side note, I don’t think the coffee from a Moka Pot has any crema whatsoever… thus it’s pretty difficult to call it espresso.

With that being said, here are the other different types of espresso makers.

Fully Manual – Do It All Yourself

Like the title says, this one takes more work than other espresso machines.

You need to do everything yourself.

From heating the water, grinding the coffee, pressing the espresso yourself and pretty much everything else, it’s all manual.

That doesn’t mean it takes a long time or a lot of strength of anything though. It’s pretty easy actually, you just have to do it all by hand.

These are also the least expensive espresso machines. They start at around $25. That’s a real bargain compared to fully automatic ones.

They’re hand-held, totally portable and make nice espresso. You can purchase one at my shop, Coffee Cheers Merch.

Semi-Automatic – Do Some Of The Work And Become A Better Barista

If you enjoy the aspect of doing some of the work yourself, but don’t want to have to take care of a bunch of different parts or do everything yourself, a semi-automatic machine could be a great choice for you.

The beauty of these ones is that you have a good amount of control for how strong your espresso will be, how much pressure you put on the tamp, how much water you use and other variables.

These are awesome machines because they’re the “middle ground” when it comes to price and brew control.

In my opinion, it’s nice to be able to do some of the work when making your at-home espresso.

Fully Automatic – Just Push A Button And It Does The Work

If you want the top notch in terms of pricing and ease of use, this is the one for you!

Just like it says, a fully automatic espresso maker does all the work for you. The only thing it doesn’t do for you is push the button…

On certain ones you can program different things like what kind of espresso drink you’d like to make, espresso strength or milk frothing options.

Because of this, fully automatic espresso machines are best for people who have more money than time.

Another important thing to note about these machines is that in terms of quality, they can certainly make good quality espresso, but it can be hit or miss and you can usually make better tasting espresso or espresso beverages with either semi-automatic or fully manual machines.

I mean sure, for a fully automatic espresso machine you could get an industrial, coffee shop style one, but you’d need a very high budget and funny enough, these machines also take some time and effort.

These ones that are found in coffee shops are also called commercial espresso machines.

Here They Are, The List…

Without further ado, here are the best espresso machines for home brewing!

I’m going to list these from the least to most expensive.

I realize that the price point isn’t the main factor for everyone reading, but it’s a big one for most. And, as you may guess, the price goes up as we go from fully manual to fully automatic generally!

Best Fully Manual Espresso Makers

 

Wacaco Minipresso 

 

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These are really “do it all yourself” kind of brewers.

They are small, hand-held, convenient to take with you, and require more work than their semi- or fully automatic counterparts.

They are also much, much less expensive!

Considering the surprisingly good espresso you get from them, it’s pretty awesome.

They come with about 5 pieces that you have to learn to assemble and use for making the espresso. So there’s a bit of a learning curve with these.

But once you get it, it’s quite simple. And as long as you have a detailed how-to for them, you’ll be good to go from the start.

These brewers, the Wacaco Minipresso and the less expensive generic version here, have 8 bar pressure and are hand-pumped.

Portable handheld espresso maker

Most fully-automatic or industrial espresso machines are around 18 to 20 bar pressure.

So with the 8 bar pressure in this handheld one, you still get great espresso with a little crema, but it’s not quite as good as the espresso from your favorite coffee shop maybe.

The taste is still great though, I need to emphasize that. But when it comes to the crema that we’re looking for in a true espresso, it’s not quite the same.

These units are made from sturdy plastic, and you have to do everything from heat the water, grind the coffee, pump the unit to brew the espresso, and assemble all the pieces for the brewing process.

But the whole process takes maybe 5 minutes, and less once you get the hang of it.

I think it’s fun to make espresso with this handy brewer. It’s well worth it to have one!

There’s something to me that’s satisfying about doing everything yourself and watching the espresso come out of the spout at the bottom, and enjoying the espresso that you’ve just pressed by hand!

I’ll say it again, with such a great price point, it’s hard to go wrong with a fully manual espresso maker!

Best Semi-Automatic Machines

Now that you know what it means if an espresso machine is semi-automatic, let’s look at the top choices!

We’ll start with one that’s all around good, and a nice deal!

 

​DeLonghi EC155 15 Bar Pump

 

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  • Type: Semi-automatic
  • Price Range: Low
  • Dimensions: 8 x 10 x 11
  • Capacity: 35 oz.
  • Pressure: 15 bars

 

People might ask, “What’s the best espresso machine under $100?”.

And if you’ve wondered about that, I have a (kind of) solution for you.

What I mean is that this machine isn’t necessarily under $100 because prices for espresso machines are often changing.

But what I can tell you is that this machine is a great place to start when it comes to semi-automatic.

The DeLonghi EC155 espresso machine is a very affordable entry-level option!

It combines accessibility and ease of use with the reputation of an well-established company. DeLonghi is a great name in the coffee making world.

This machine comes with the patented DeLonghi Cappuccino Frothing Wand so frothing milk will be nice and easy, and a 3-in-1 filter holder that can use ground coffee and espresso pods.

The stainless steel, black exterior is compact, easy to clean, and makes this espresso maker a sleek and seamless fit for many modern kitchens.

 

Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso And Cappuccino Maker | Café Barista

 

Mr. Coffee espresso machine

 

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  • Type: Semi-automatic
  • Price Range: Low – Mid
  • Dimensions: 12.6″ x 8.9″ x 11.2″
  • Capacity: 1.7 liter (water tank), 0.5 liter (milk)
  • Pressure: 15 bar

 

Mr. Coffee has been a big name in home coffee brewing for a good long while.

The Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino Maker is one convenient machine!

Its brewing options, automatic frother, and adjustable cup height on the tray are great features about it that make it ideal for anyone who wants to have more control but without a super expensive price tag.

Frothing milk is automatic which definitely makes life easier, and the milk reservoir is removable.

The water tank comes off out easily, making refilling that much more hassle-free.

There’s also a one-touch control panel which makes selecting the type of espresso beverage just wonderfully convenient.

This Mr. Coffee machine is at the “sweet spot” of the home espresso machine market, we could say: the higher-priced ones deliver more of course, but you can really get some nice and convenient features in this price range.

This one is a very good choice if you’re looking for convenience in making your espresso, latte, cappuccino, macchiato, etc.

 

DeLonghi ECP3420 Pump Espresso And Cappuccino Machine

 

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  • Type: Semi-automatic
  • Price Range: Low – Mid
  • Dimensions: 9.6″ x 7.2″ x 11.9″
  • Capacity: 35 oz.
  • Pressure: 15 bar

 

If you haven’t noticed already, DeLonghi is a major player in home espresso brewing.

Especially when it comes to semi-automatic espresso machines.

With filter baskets for single shots, double shots, and espresso pods, you’re pretty well covered with this machine

It also has a milk frother that doesn’t require movement! That’s pretty sweet.

The DeLonghi ECP3420 espresso machine is certainly a well-priced powerhouse.

Adjustable controls let you easily get your favorite drink settings, and there’s a removable drip tray which gives you room under the portafilter for tall mugs if you enjoy making lattes.

I know I like lattes!

This is what I’m calling the low-mid price range. It’s not exactly low, but maybe it’s not quite midrange either?

It’s just in between.

And here’s yet another machine where you get a lot of bang for your buck!

 

DeLonghi EC702 Espresso Maker

 

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  • Type: Semi-automatic
  • Price Range: Low – Mid
  • Dimensions: 11″ x 9″ x 11.6″
  • Capacity: 44 oz.
  • Pressure: 15 bar

 

This DeLonghi is a wonderful machine that is sleek, simple, easy to operate and gives you great espresso.

Using a unique dual filter holder, you can use either ground coffee or espresso pods for this one.

It’s equipped with two thermostats to govern the temperatures of the steam and the water, is self-priming, and its user-friendly milk frother is awesome for making cappuccinos and lattes. There are some great features on this!

DeLonghi says this device comes with a no-drip design and is a fairly clean machine, but if you read a lot of reviews, you’ll notice they point out that it can require quite a bit of cleaning and maintenance anyway.

So the no-drip claim can maybe be taken with a grain of salt.

On the other hand, one major pro about it is the stainless steel boiler, which is a definite upgrade from other lesser quality versions, and should keep on going for years to come!

 

DeLonghi EC680M DEDICA

 

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  • Type: Semi-automatic
  • Price Range: Low – Mid
  • Dimensions: 13″ x 5.9″ x 13″
  • Capacity: 35oz
  • Pressure: 15 bar

 

The EC860M DEDICA is a beautifully compact espresso maker!

This sleek little machine takes up less than six inches of counter space in width, but has a 35-ounce water tank that holds enough water to make 17 2-ounce espresso shots.

The dual-spout portafilter means you can make a double shot for yourself if it’s just you having the espresso, or if you’re with a coffee drinking mate you can make two shots at once.

You can also remove the drip tray to fit a taller cup underneath the portafilter, if you’re making a latte or cappuccino or if you just need that much espresso.

It has a built-in steam wand on the side which means you can conveniently make lattes or cappuccinos. You will have to purchase your own milk pitcher though.

But you’ll need to get your own pitcher for most compact machines, especially at this price point.

 

Gaggia RI9380/46 Classic Pro Espresso Machine

 

Gaggia classic pro espresso machine

 

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  • Type: Semi-automatic
  • Price Range: Mid
  • Dimensions: 9.5″ x 8″ x 14.2″
  • Capacity: 42 oz.
  • Pressure: 15 bar

 

We’re making a price jump to what I would consider mid-range now, or thereabouts.

And when I say mid-range, I’m talking about mid-range for espresso machines… not drip coffee makers!

Remember, espresso machines can range in price from about 50 to 1,500 dollars! So just remember that when I say mid-range!

This Gaggia machine is a good bit more expensive than the previous one in our list. And it’s a great espresso maker.

Let’s look at some features.

This machine handles the basics of brewing espresso but gives you great control.

It, like other ones, can also use pods or ground coffee. This is a great perk because you can go with quick and convenient or slower with more personal touch, and get great espresso either way.

Either one will give you an awesome espresso with a decent crema, without any weighing or tamping – and you just have to fill the basket, then start and stop the pump.

Or you can take it to another level with the professional, non-pressurized basket, and learn the art and science of espresso making.

Grind size, grams, timing – this Gaggia RI9380/46 lets you develop your skills as you learn to make top notch espresso.

Oh and speaking of developing skills, the commercial steam wand that comes on this and many other Gaggia products is world class, they hit a home run with it.

Last but not least, this machine has a classic and classy design.

With a great looking logo and design to match, you can’t go wrong with this one looks-wise.

 

Breville BES840XL Infuser

 

Breville espresso maker

 

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  • Type: Semi-automatic
  • Price Range: Mid
  • Dimensions: 13.7″ x 11.5″ x 13.2″
  • Capacity: 61 oz.
  • Pressure: 15 bar

 

Real baristas would definitely understand how important it is to pre-infuse the grinds to get the best extraction.

If we’re talking about making regular coffee, we could call it the bloom.

And with the Breville BES840XL, this is built into the machine function.

There’s a steady, low-pressure pre-infusion, very similar to coffee bloom, which prepares the grinds for optimal 9 bar extraction.

The temperature controller on this espresso maker is programmable in 2-degree increments and has very little variance during extraction, which will give you a consistent flavor.

That’s a feature which isn’t available on all Breville models.

The BES840XL also has double-shot filter baskets that can take a dose up to 19 to 22 grams, if a higher coffee-to-water ratio is what you’d prefer.

Usually the filter baskets on espresso machines take about 11 to 13 grams.

With the amazing flexibility in the shot control, including a manual shot control, you have all the options you could want and are fully in charge.

It’s a great machine from another one of the top names of espresso making.

 

Breville BES870XL Barista Express

 

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  • Type: Semi-automatic
  • Price Range: Mid
  • Dimensions: 13.25″ x 12.5″ x 15.75″
  • Capacity: 2 liters
  • Pressure: 15 bar

 

This one by Breville is a popular and loved espresso machine by pretty much anyone who’s gotten it.

It’s got basically everything you need to get fresh, crafted espresso and quickly.

While the Barista Express isn’t a fully automatic machine, it does have a built-in grinder for the espresso/coffee beans, a 2 liter water tank (and it’s removeable) with filter capability, and a 360-degree swivel action steam wand.

The unit even comes with a dedicated hot water dispenser, which gives even more possibilities, for example making Americanos, tea and other things quickly and easily!

And it makes up for some of the extra countertop space it requires.

 

RANCILIO SILVIA M ESPRESSO MACHINE

 

Rancilio Silvia M espresso machine

 

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  • Type: Semi-automatic
  • Price Range: High
  • Dimensions: 9.2″ x 11.4″ x 13.3″
  • Capacity: 1.8 liters
  • Pressure: Adjustable brew pressure (typically 11 bar as delivered)

 

The Rancilio Silvia M’s track record has made it stand out as an amazing non-commercial espresso maker, and at the same time it can certainly satisfy the seasoned barista.

This sleek machine is built to last, with a solid iron frame and stainless steel exterior. That’s a sturdy, solid piece of equipment.

It’s equipped with a forged brass group head boiler, giving greater steadiness for heat and longer-lasting pieces.

The portafilter is commercial-sized and makes less of a mess because of a 3-way solenoid valve which relieves pressure on the coffee grounds after extraction.

The Rancilio Silvia M doesn’t come with a built-in grinder, which can be a letdown for some. Especially at this price point.

Many users have stated it’s quite a task to find a grind that works well for this machine.

But if this is a problem or a difficult task, you can buy an automatic grinder like this one which is relatively inexpensive and will give you a great grind.

It’s perfect for anything from very fine to very coarse, espresso to Turkish coffee, it’s a quality grinder and has many good reviews.

Best Fully Automatic Espresso Machines

Here are the top fully automatic machines.

Again, these are the “do all the work for you” machines.

You pretty much just have to push a button and it does the grinding, brewing, and almost everything.

Let’s start with an awesome Gaggia model…

 

Gaggia Brera Super-Automatic

 

Gaggia Brera super automatic

 

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  • Type: Fully automatic
  • Price Range: Mid
  • Dimensions: 12.4″ x 10″ x 17.5″
  • Capacity: 40oz
  • Pressure: 15 bar

 

To start with the price point of this Gaggia machine, this is a fully automatic espresso maker that’s priced lower than the last one listed in the in the semi-automatic ones.

The semi-automatic Rancilio Silva (listed above) has some solid, quality, and heavy duty parts that are built to last. Which is probably why it’s priced higher than a fully automatic machine, or at least this Gaggia.

The Gaggia Brera super-automatic machine is stylish and compact, and it just plain works!

With a great looking display, and a cover over the espresso spout, this is truly a clean machine.

And not only that, this thing is a workhorse.

It’s super user-friendly, and its design and functions make this an awesome espresso maker for anyone who doesn’t really want to do too much groundwork on how to be a professional at-home barista, but at the same time wants some delicious espresso.

The Brera has a pre-infusion brew system that helps the machine (and you) get more out of the beans before it pours the espresso. Again, this is similar to the art of blooming coffee.

It also has a 4-stage water filtration system, but it’s important to note that the filters aren’t included when you purchase the machine; they must be purchased separately.

You can select between three varying strengths of espresso, and the machine will let you know when it needs to be descaled and cleaned.

Overall, this is a very nice mid-range option if you’re looking for a good fully automatic espresso maker.

 

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM 3300 Automatic Espresso Machine

 

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  • Type: Fully automatic
  • Price Range: High
  • Dimensions: 17″ x 13″ x 18″
  • Capacity: 1.8 liter
  • Pressure: 15 bar

 

DeLonghi’s Magnifica brings the functionality and aroma of a cafe in Rome straight into your home.

It has a built-in burr grinder and can brew espresso at adjustable levels of strength.

It also comes with a single or double shot espresso option.

Also be aware that this machine works best with medium roasts and isn’t good with oily coffee beans… which are typically dark roasts.

This easy-to-use espresso maker comes equipped with DeLonghi’s patented dual thermostat and frother also.

A big advantage of this model is that it has a water tank capacity of 60oz. This can really be important if you’re making Americanos or other drinks that require more water than just espresso.

It also comes with a cup warmer on top which is an awesome perk to it, and an auto-shutoff feature that you can set from 15 min to 3 hours.

 

Breville Oracle Touch Fully Automatic Espresso Machine

 

Breville Oracle Touch espresso machine

 

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  • Type: Fully automatic
  • Price Range: Very High
  • Dimensions: 14.7″ x 14.5″ x 17.6″
  • Capacity: 2.4 liter
  • Pressure: 15 bar

 

If money is not a big concern when you’re choosing an espresso maker for home, this one can be a great option.

One of the great features of this machine is that it has a touch screen where you can simply swipe and select espresso, long black, latte, flat white, cappuccino and others and enjoy cafe quality coffee.

You can also customize the coffee strength, milk texture and temperature to suit your own taste with one touch, then save it with your own unique name!

You can make up to eight of these personalized espresso beverages.

That can take off a lot of minutes and maybe hours worth of trial and error.

The precision conical burr that comes with the Breville Oracle Touch grinds, doses and tamps 22 grams of espresso automatically.

It provides optimal water pressure with the Over Pressure Valve which limits the maximum pump pressure throughout extraction, which helps prevent bitter flavored espresso.

Another feature of this model is that it delivers water and your espresso at precisely the right temperature. This precision in water temperature is one of the big features that this model boasts.

The steam wand is self-cleaning, and between that and other things mentioned this machine is about as automatic as it gets!

It also has a dedicated boiler for the steam wand and the wand automatically textures milk to your liking which can be adjusted and delivers barista quality microfoam that enhances flavor and is essential for creating latte art right at home.

This machine is truly loaded with features and in terms of high-tech and customization, this one is top tier.

Espresso Terms and Lingo

Now that you’ve seen a rather large list of espresso machines, let’s just be sure we’re on the same page about the terms and definitions of the espresso world.

If you’re not a barista or haven’t been around espresso/coffee that much, it may be difficult to figure out what some of them mean.

Although the list isn’t necessarily huge, here is a list of terms that you may want to know when looking at espresso machines or looking to sharpen your barista skills…

  • Single shot or double shot – As I mentioned earlier in the article, espresso comes in shots. Most people usually get either a single or double shot of espresso, some people enjoy triple shots, or more. The ounces for shots are as follows: a single shot is 1 ounce, a double shot is two ounces, and a triple shot is… yes you guessed it, 3 ounces. Etc… Because of the small dosage of liquid, it’s usually better/easier to drink straight espresso with no milk or only a tiny bit of milk in a demitasse, similar to a shot glass (but for espresso).
  • Tamp/tamper – In the barista world, the tamper is a device used for putting pressure on the espresso grounds so that they are compact enough for them to have an optimal brewing time. To tamp means to push them down with the tamper. This is used for semi-automatic machines.
  • Portafilter – The piece with a handle that holds the filter basket, which you lock into the machine before you make a shot of espresso.
  • Filter basket – The small piece inside the portafilter that holds the espresso grounds and has holes in it for extraction. It is held into the portafilter but can be detached for cleaning or other purposes.
  • Drip tray – The removable part that you place your cup or mug on when you make espresso. It’s called a drip tray because it catches any extra drips from the portafilter and can easily be removed and cleaned.
  • Heating system – the parts of the machine that heat water for espresso and for steaming milk with your milk frother. The design and wattage of an espresso machine’s heating system have an effect on how quickly it can heat water and how consistent the temperature is.
  • Single or double boiler – Machines that have a single boiler system have one boiler to heat the water and the steam wand/milk frother. With these, you need to pull the espresso and steam the milk at separate times. A double boiler system has two boilers, one for the water and one for the milk, so you can pull the espresso and steam your milk at the same time.

 

Some Tips For Making Espresso

Making espresso really is an art and a science.

And because of that, the first tip I have for you is to give yourself some grace and some room for growth as you start making espresso!

It takes a bit of time and patience.

But every machine or espresso maker comes with directions and if you read those and read up on other resources for more tips and tricks, you’ll probably be making amazing espresso in no time!

Every machine from fully manual to fully automatic has its nuances, and the chances are that you’ll do just fine if you step out and go for it.

With that being said, here are some more general tips…

  • Preheat your machine – this goes for semi- or fully automatic machines specifically. It’s always best to let your machine preheat before brewing! It can take a bit of time, maybe about 20 to 30 minutes, but it’s very worth it. To preheat all you have to do is turn it on, and it will ‘warm up’. If you’re using a fully manual machine that doesn’t need electricity, it’s a great idea to heat your cup by rinsing it out with hot water just before you brew.
  • Use good water – This one’s important! And it goes for making any kind of coffee, not just espresso. Although it’s very important with espresso machines and the metal parts they use, and the fact that many of them are pretty pricey and so we definitely want to maintain them. So it’s best to use filtered, clean water when brewing espresso (or coffee).  This results in better tasting espresso and helps maintain your machine by reducing chalk, limescale or other buildup. For better espresso use better water!
  • When tamping your espresso, make sure the portafilter rim is clean – If you’re using a semi-automatic espresso maker, brush the portafilter with your hand to remove any coffee grounds from the rim of the portafilter. This will ensure there is a clean seal and that no water will drip outside the portafilter head when brewing. If you leave coffee grounds on the rim of the portafilter, there may be space for the water to leak out. This will make a messy countertop and bad espresso, and might not be great for your machine either. So get your palm brown and brush that portafilter before brewing!
  • Make sure to steam your milk properly – There really is a lot to steaming milk. I won’t give a step-by-step walkthrough for it. But here are some tips. First, never yank the steam wand fully out of the milk while it’s turned fully on. This is dangerous and can result in a burn. After using the steam wand, always clean it out by turning it on for about 2 seconds and clearing out any buildup. Then wipe it with a damp cloth to clean the outside. Be very careful with the steam wand and touching it after use because it can be extremely hot. When steaming milk, hold the steamer right at the surface of the milk to where you hear a fizzling, foaming sound. This will result in good milk foam. If you’re looking to make latte art, be prepared to do a lot of practice, it’s not very easy!

Conclusion

I really hope that this article has been helpful for you in finding the best espresso maker for your wants and needs.

Or at the very least, helped you understand what you may be looking for if or when you want to purchase an espresso maker.

Espresso really can be an art and a science, no matter if you’re using a fully manual or a fully automatic machine.

And there is at least some to learn about it no matter what kind of machine you use.

But there really is just something so rewarding about seeing espresso coming out in a slow stream from an espresso maker, knowing that you’re going to take a sip of that black and golden liquid.

No matter if you have it black or just a splash of milk, or if you make a latte or cappuccino.

Espresso really is a fine, classy and sophisticated beverage… and just plain delicious if you make it right!

And just remember, if price is a factor for you – which it can be for many of us – there is something on this list for practically everyone, and every budget.

Every one of them makes great tasting espresso, too.

Give yourself something that you’ll look forward to every morning! It’s such a fun and rewarding experience to make your own espresso and enjoy it.

Please feel free to let me know in the comments section if you have any questions or comments about these or any other espresso makers!

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