You are getting excited at the thought of owning an espresso machine. Imagine all the fun you can have as you experiment with the different types of drinks that you can make, or the moment when everything comes out just right and you create the most perfect beverage you have ever tasted. As you begin to shop, you want to be sure that you get the best home espresso machine for your needs.
The first and most important thing you need to decide is what type of home espresso machine is right for you. So, let’s have a look at the different types one by one.
Super automatic espresso machines do pretty much everything for you at the touch of a button: they grind the coffee, measure it, tamp it, brew your espresso and then discard the used coffee grounds into an internal waste box. These machines are very convenient and easy to use. However they are also quite expensive and slightly more prone to problems than other types of espresso machines.
Automatic espresso machines are far more hands on. You will need to learn a series of skills to get the best out of them: grind the coffee, measure the right amount of the grounds and press them correctly into the filter basket. In these machines, the pressure that is needed for brewing espresso is delivered by an pump which you start by pressing a button. The pump turns itself off automatically once a preset amount of espresso is made.
Semi automatic espresso machines are the same as automatic machines except that you will need to press a button one more time to turn the pump off to stop the brewing. These machines are an excellent choice for someone who wishes to explore the art of making espresso.
Manual espresso machines are beautiful to look at but rather difficult to use. In addition to grinding, dosing and tamping the coffee you will also need to manually pull a lever to force the water through the coffee grounds. It is not an easy skill to learn since your arm will need to provide consistent pressure of around 9 atmospheres. So these are recommended only for people who are really serious about espresso.