Espresso Machine Recommendations!

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We have a Nespresso Lattissima – we love it!  Nespresso actually pulls a pretty good espresso shot, and the Lattissima includes the milk frother so you can make lattes and cappuccinos.  If you want more control over your drink making (like, if you’ve ever worked as a barista and know what you’re doing), you may want to get something where you have more manual control, but if you just want an automated machine that makes good espresso, Nespresso machines are great.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Not sure about at home brands but if La Marzocco makes them buy it! They are like the Lamborghini of the coffee world. In all seriousness though try to find one that isn’t automatic; you’ll pull much better shots if you can be in charge of the grinding, dosing, and tamping of the espresso and the timing of the shot being pulled. The problem with automatic machines is that everything, and I mean everything, can affect the quality of the shot, including the humidity in the air, so manual is always the way to go if it can be helped. Not using pre-ground coffee is also a big factor in pulling a great shot because the longer ground coffee sits the more quickly it loses its potency and flavor.

Basically, the brand doesn’t matter so much as how automatic/manual it is. Hope that helps.

I am super passionate about coffee. I used to be a barista and I’ve taken Counter Culture classes; if you have any questions about espresso or making yum lattes I would be more than happy to help. 😀

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It depends on what your budget is!  There is such a wide range of espresso makers; this little guy is under $100 but it actually makes a solid shot- a good starter machine.  http://www.amazon.com/DeLonghi-EC155-Espresso-Cappuccino-Maker/dp/B000F49XXG/ref=sr_1_1?s=appliances&ie=UTF8&qid=1414162611&sr=1-1&keywords=delonghi+espresso+maker

The one I have now is this: http://www.amazon.com/Breville-BES840XL-Infuser-Espresso-Machine/dp/B0089SSOR6/ref=pd_sbs_la_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=12WYATKE1SWTMNNBDY85

It’s completely manual which in my opinion is better- just lets you have more control over the shots.  It’s a bit tricky to get the hang of at first; the shots can be finicky but when you figure out the right pressure and grind to use it works nicely.  

I definitely echo the PP about not using pre-ground coffee- it makes such a difference!  I have this coffee grinder: http://www.amazon.com/Capresso-Infinity-Conical-Grinder-8-5-Ounce/dp/B001QTVXCS/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1414163466&sr=1-1&keywords=capresso+burr+coffee+grinder and it’s great!

P.S. La Marzocco machines are over 6K….they are a hell of a good machine, but maybe not what you’re looking for!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

Ryansgirl:  I’m all about my Nespresso, because I am a lazy son of a B. The pods are a pain, because you have to buy them online if you are not near a major city with a retailer. However, it functions just like a Keurig without using the dangerous plastic pods and I believe their new machines will now make espresso or coffee. I just have the espresso one since that’s all I like anyway. If you get yourself an automatic milk frother (mine is Breville and also super easy to use), it takes about 2 minutes to make a great latte.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We have the Nespresso pixie machine. It makes some of the best coffee I’ve ever had from an automatic machine.

You do have to buy the coffee online if there is no Nespresso outlet in your area, that could be considered a draw back.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ryansgirl:  You’re welcome!  I hope it works for your husband!  

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: TBD

Ryansgirl:  I was literally just about to post a thread asking about espresso machines! LOL 

Following! 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

whitums:  I am a real coffee snob. Spent thousands on machines ( but not 8k – haven’t tried a fancy Italian machine)  to make my perfect latte. I got a decent one from Starbucks for 400$, and I tried the instant pod machine (Starbucks Verissimo). If your FI is picky, he might not like he milk that comes from the pods). The first is a PIA to use every day and the pod machine grossed me out for reasons I won’t get into here, but google the milk pods.

Then, a Bee recommended a super cheap Aero press from amazon, that makes even better espresso shot / coffee than french press. This thing is around 20$ and it rocks! Best coffee ever. Best shot of espresso. Not bitter. Just strong and rich. The thing is, you still have to make the milk. You can heat it in a pan on the stove and then whip it if you want the latte froth. I gave up on all of that and just use organic cream heated because the electronic latte whips keep breaking on me. 

 

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Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We have a Tassimo, which is great. It does a range of drinks including espresso and it’s very easy to do and clean up.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I have the De’Longhi EC702 Espresso Maker, Esclusivo 15 Bar Pump and isn’t too terribly expensive.  I had the a really cheap espresso maker (a 60 buck one by Krups), which was OK for lattes, but the espresso shots are good enough to enjoy plain.  The De’Longhi is significanly better (I often drink the espresso plain or with just a dolloped of frothed milk and it can make great shots).  I much prefer a traditional machine over a pod machine because I’m a bit of a coffee snob and find the selection of pods to be too limiting.  

 

Tinatiny1:  You can buy separate frothers that also heat the milk.  I bought one by Capresso.  It was 60 bucks and super easy.  All you have to do is press a button and it will automatically turn off when it is perfectly hot and frothy.    

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

mgbser:  thanks, they keep breaking on me. I’ve bought three of them so far. I’ll try that brand next!

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