Buying Your Own Espresso Maker
Owning your very own espresso maker has become more common than ever before in the past few years. Because your local coffee shop will charge up to $6.00 for an espresso drink, it just makes sense to look at buying an espresso maker for your own home. In the long run, a home espresso machine pays for itself.
The espresso makers that you get for home use are just less powerful versions of the ones used in all the big coffee shops. You can make the decision as to how feature-rich you need your machine to be. The price, features, and level of automation vary, so you can pay what you want and get what you need no matter what that may be.
An espresso maker operates by forcing very hot water, and the steam from the water, through finely ground coffee using high pressure. This process results in a full-bodied espresso with a light and sweet crema. How well this process works will vary on the type of espresso maker that you buy.
Different Types Of Espresso Makers
Generally, at the higher end of both the price and quality spectrum will be a pump espresso maker. This type of unit will consistently produce the best espresso drink. However, they are also more expensive and tend to be quite noisy. This style of espresso machine can be found in coffee shops as well as in some home kitchen. They may not be the best type of coffee maker for you at home unless your family drinks a lot of espresso every day.
Manual espresso makers tend to be less expensive, smaller and easier to use. This unit will use a hand operated lever to create the pressure that forces the water through the ground coffee in the filter. While they require more individual skill and practice, the results are almost always very good. These machines require a greater amount of individual skill to make good espresso, and practice is necessary to maintain consistent pressure. Despite their steeper learning curve, manual espresso machines are still great for espresso enthusiasts as they require very little maintenance and have few parts to replace.
There are also much smaller steam generating home espresso makers. While these will brew espresso quickly, they don’t have a lot of other options for frothing your drink or steaming milk. These can be great options for those who don’t drink a lot of espresso daily. If you enjoy espresso with a dessert or as an afternoon treat with a scone, this may be the best option for you.
You may have seen an older, more traditional home espresso maker. This is a stovetop unit, sometimes called a moka. Water is heated in the bottom of the unit and pressure is created, causing the water and steam to force itself through the ground coffee. This is a basic set up, there is no wand for steaming milk or frothing the espresso drink. However, it has worked for hundreds of years in home kitchens everywhere. Espresso fanatics look down on this set up, it is too simple and basic in their eyes. That said, this appliance will brew a very good cup of espresso.
Buy Your Espresso Maker To Fit Your Needs
Too often, we buy our kitchen appliances on a whim. In fact, you should buy your appliances wisely and treat them as an investment in your home kitchen. Keep certain things in mind when you are shopping, you don’t want to under buy and over pay. If you have a very small kitchen, you don’t want to invest in a machine that takes up all of your counter space. If you only make espresso at home once or twice a week, you might want to look at smaller, less expensive espresso makers. Even if you save $4.00 per cup over the cost of a coffee shop espresso, it would take a long time to recover the cost of a $1200 espresso machine.
The flip side of that argument can be that you will save a lot of money if you are stopping at your local coffee shop 4-6 times a week and shelling out $5.00 each time. That’s $30 per week and you may be surprised how quickly you can pay for a good espresso maker for your kitchen. You may also be surprised at how good home brewed espresso can taste.