How would you like to not have to run to your local coffee shop to get the perfect cup of espresso but instead make one in your own kitchen? There is a large variety of espresso machines on the market today that are geared to home use. This includes machines from the basic to the machines that are similar to the ones used by professionals.
Before you rush out and spend several hundreds of dollars on that top of the line home espresso machine, you might want to consider your options and needs first. It you start to experience sticker shock from some of the higher priced espresso machines, keep in mind that you are saving a lot of money on a daily basis by staying away from high priced coffee shops.
Before rushing out to buy a home espresso machine you should consider the different varieties of machines. Each machine will come with a different price tag and different features.
Although you may think that the top of the line machine would be nice in your kitchen, it may not meet your needs and therefore be a waste of money. It is important that you buy a machine that you can use on a daily basis. There are a number of different types of espresso machines.
Pump Espresso Machine: This type of espresso machine can be found in a lot of coffee shops. A pump machine is usually made for commercial purposes although they certainly can be used in the home.
You should be prepared to increase your budget if you are looking to purchase a pump espresso machine. They tend to be the most expensive of all the espresso machines available on the market.
Also, these machines are usually the largest, heaviest, and noisiest but they also produce a fantastic cup of espresso. They work through the use of a pump that keeps the water pressure at an appropriate level.
Piston Espresso Machine: These are usually a low maintenance type of espresso machine since they use a piston or lever system. Instead of a pump to create pressure, these machines use a lever that must be maneuvered in order to create the steam.
They tend to be fairly quiet but they may require a great deal of arm strength to continually pull on the lever. They are certainly capable of making a great cup of espresso, but it may take practice to get the process.
Steam Espresso Machine: This type of espresso machine uses steam to create pressure to make the espresso. The steam powered espresso machines are typically the type found in most homes.
They are generally smaller machines that occupy less space and cost less money. However, steam espresso machines are quick and easy to use.
Moka Pots: These are a stovetop pots for making an espresso coffee. The process is very simple although the final product may be a poorer quality than what you would find at your local coffee shop.
They are designed as a two-part pot. The steam produced by the water boiling in the bottom of the pot is forced into the top part of the pot, where the coffee is boiling. It requires a great deal less pressure than the other types of home espresso machines, but there is no milk frothing or foaming attachments.
Any one of these home espresso machines will allow you to make a delicious cup of espresso. Your choice should be based upon needs, usability, overall size of the machine, and of course the price.
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