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To start with, you can decide which type of espresso machine best suits you. Usually people would choose between these types:
- Steam-driven espresso machine – Produces strong coffee instead of real espresso. Very affordable. ($40 – $60)
- Pump-driven espresso machine– Makes real crema-topped espresso. The more common variations are:
- Manual espresso machine – Gives you total control over what comes out in the cup. Only for real enthusiasts. ($300 – $1500)
- Semi-automatic espresso machine – Gives you some control over espresso quality but needs a bit of skill to use. ($100 – $1000)
- Automatic espresso machine – Uses pods or capsules for mess-free and consistently good espresso drinks. No skill needed. ($100 – $300)
What Determines A Good Espresso Machine
There are a few things that determine whether an espresso machine is good, and they are:
- Sturdy and replaceable parts
- Quality boiler(s)
- Heats up fast
- Easy accessible/adjustable spouts for different sizes of coffee
- Safe design
- Easy to clean
So now you know how to pick a good espresso machine; just read the espresso machine review of any recommended model and see what other people say regarding these features! There probably isn’t one machine that is perfect, but five or six ticks for the list above qualify it as one of the best espresso machines.
The Right Espresso Machine – What Else Do I Need?
Well, if you plan to get a semi-automatic espresso machine, you need to buy a coffee grinder. Super automatic espresso machines have grinders incorporated in them, so you won’t need a separate grinder.
Check out my best coffee grinder list below if you need a coffee grinder too. Anyway, my rule of thumb for buying a coffee grinder is making the budget at least half the price of my espresso machine.
You’d actually get better tasting espresso if you have a grinder which is more expensive than your espresso machine. Why? Because the secret to creating a great espresso is a consistently even-sized and fine grind that you can only achieve with a good grinder.
When we complain that we can’t produce the exact taste of Starbucks espresso shots, or how our shots were lousy, or how the shots taste excessively bitter and so on, most of the time, the problem is in the grind.
When you buy pre-ground or pre-packaged coffee, it will work but it wouldn’t taste as good as getting your own beans and coffee grinder. So get a coffee grinder if you want to make great espresso shots!