What to Look For When Buying an Espresso Machine

If you are in the market for an espresso machine, you will want to do your research before making such an important purchase. Not only are top-of-the-line espresso machines expensive, but they also have to stand up to consistent use. This blog will give you the basics of buying an espresso machine for your lifestyle and budget.

Do You Need an Automatic, Semi-Automatic, or Capsule Espresso Machine?

The first thing you need to know about buying espresso machines is the difference between automatic and semi-automatic espresso machines.

Automatic machines will grind and tamp down coffee beans for you. Before each individual shot, fresh beans will be grinded and tamped down. Your shot is then poured directly into your mug. Because it’s so quick, your shot will be fresher than semi-automatic or capsule options.

Just as some drivers prefer the control of a clutch shift, some coffee lovers prefer to be more hands-on with their espresso shot. A semi-automatic machine is their choice because they will get to grind, weigh and tamp the ground espresso themselves before pulling the shot from their machine. This process takes much more precision, and attention to detail from the user, which also takes time. But if you are passionate about coffee, it can be a great addition to your routine.

The final option is capsule espresso machines, which pull espresso from a pre-packed pod of espresso grounds. This approach takes the least amount of effort. Plus, some coffee lovers will add one to their automatic or semi-automatic for times when they don’t have time to go through the full process.

What to Look For in a Great Espresso Machine

No matter what type of espresso machine you prefer, there are certain factors to look for in any quality machine.

Pressure Pump

The pressure pump system of your espresso machine is key to knowing how it will perform. Experts recommend that your machine should have nine bars of pressure at a minimum. However, 12-15 bars are more trusted for intense and long-term use. The more pressure your machine can create, the better quality coffee you will enjoy, with less time and effort.

Easy Cleaning

Make sure that your machine is easy to clean and maintain. An espresso machine is an expensive investment. The most important thing to remember is that you do not want to neglect your machine because cleaning and maintenance take too much time. Do your research ahead of time and keep your focus on strong products that don’t require too much energy or additional products to clean.

Heat Consistency

Experts say that you want your machine to reach a range of 194 and 201 degrees Fahrenheit. Steam and froth are essential features of the process and final product that can only be achieved with intense heat. Make sure to check that your manufacturer is reviewed and backs up their products in case the heating power fades over time.

Looking For Premium Espresso Makers For Your Home?

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Learn about all the features of the Sirena Prestige Espresso machine, which includes a twin brewing system with an advanced frother that will blow you and your friends away by making 2 cups of latte, cappuccino, long or short espresso in just 90 seconds!

Spend less time making coffee and more time enjoying it!

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