Elegant espresso machines for the perfect shot
Make your favorite coffee drinks at home, anytime you want.
If you’re serious about drinking espresso at home and eschew a pod-based brew, a barista-level espresso machine with a milk steamer is a smart investment. Instead of being disappointed whenever your favorite barista is on vacation, enjoy your coffee exactly how you want it each day. You may not be able to multitask as you weigh your beans, tamp your grounds, or steam your latte, but that’s kind of the point of the art of coffee. Here are our favorite machines to pull you out of the daily grind.
This high-pressure espresso machine from Brim is a new favorite machine that features a 1250-watt thermal coil for consistently hot coffee output. It includes a 360-degree swiveling dry steam wand for delivering restaurant-quality microfoam as well as a hot water dispenser convenient for preparing tea and Americano-style drinks. The machine is bundled with convenient must-have accessories for a well-rounded brewing experience including a 120-ounce stainless steel milk pitcher, metal tamper, and a measuring scoop. The included portafilter is heavier and sturdier than portafilters that come with the more expensive machines on this list. Go for the model with a wooden handle if you want a worthwhile aesthetic upgrade.
This stainless steel espresso machine delivers delicious crema with the control you need for superior steamed milk. Turn on the machine about five minutes before brewing your grounds, and turn on the steam wand about 30 seconds before you are ready to heat your milk. Connoisseurs will love commercial-grade features like the 58mm portafilter and the single and double shot filter baskets. Coffee fans with a tight schedule will appreciate the option of using easy serving espresso pods (ESEs) with the pressurized basket.
With this popular espresso machine, there’s no need to buy a separate grinder: a conical burr grinder is built in that allows you to dial in the right setting for any kind of bean. It comes with a tamper and a tool for getting rid of excess grounds, as well as a cleaning kit, filter baskets, and a stainless steel jug for steaming and frothing your milk. The brewing process begins with a low pressure soaking of your grounds to extract a rich and consistent shot. You can also adjust the boiler temperature for a customized pull.
Does it all for you: DeLonghi ESAM3300 Super Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine
Take some of the work out of pulling a shot with this fully-automated machine, which even saves your extraction preferences so you don’t have to start over if you get distracted in the middle. There’s an integrated steel burr grinder, but if you’d rather use a different grinder or make the occasional decaf drink, you can use the bypass chamber for pre-ground beans.
Do you regularly keep up with coffee culture buzz about the latest grinders? With this espresso machine, forgo a built-in grinder, experiment all you want, and go for a gorgeous dual boiler great for seamlessly making multiple drinks and creating latte art. Don’t be tempted to compromise on steam at the wrong temperature just because your espresso is sitting there waiting—the steam boiler is ready on demand while you’re pulling your shot. Take charge of the brew temperature, pre-infusion pressure, and extraction time, or get one or two shots at the touch of a button. The dual boiler also features an over-pressure valve to limit maximum pressure and avoid bitterness in your cup.