Home Coffee Machine Guide
Welcome again from me, Paul, owner of K Bean Coffee Machines, Melbourne. I supply Italian coffee machines for home along with Free Training, Online Guides and Premium Support. I have prepared this Buying Guide to help you to choose the best coffee machine for your own home.
Best Coffee Machines for Home
The range of Italian coffee machines can be daunting. To help you to make a great choice I have selected my personal favorites at a number of price points. Here are my recommended domestic coffee machines:
Gaggia Classic A compact Italian coffee machine at the price point of an appliance. Simple, reliable and great value.
Expobar Office A semi-automatic heat exchanger coffee machine with old school simplicity and reliability. This semi-commercial machine will give you a true home barista experience.
Lelit Mara A compact heat exchanger coffee machine with electronic temperature control, sprung valves and a stainless steel chassis. A small machine with big performance and stunning looks.
La Pavoni Cellini AU A thoroughbred Italian coffee machine from the iconic La Pavoni. Engineering, build quality and performance are excellent and value is truly exceptional.
Profitec Pro 500 A marriage of German engineering and Italian build sets Profitec apart from the crowd. The Profitec Pro 500 is my best selling coffee machine for many good reasons.
Profitec Pro 700 A dual boiler coffee machine with commercial espresso machine steam pressure at 2 Bar. Watch Video Reviews to see why I recommend the Profitec Pro 700 if you are looking for the very best coffee machine for your home.
Italian Coffee Machine Types
Single Boiler coffee machines have one small boiler that is set to brew temperature for pulling shots, then with a flick of a switch, the boiler temperature increases to get the machine ready to steam milk. These can certainly make great coffee, but toggling between brew and steam temperatures can be fiddly so I always recommend stretching to a heat exchanger espresso machine if you can.
Heat exchanger coffee machines have one large boiler that is set to steam temperature. For brewing coffee, water is pumped through a heat exchanger to pick up heat on-the-run. These are a great choice as they let you brew and steam at the same time and most come with the legendary E61 group for thermal stability along with gentle brew pressure ramp up. What does this all mean? It means great coffee. For most there is no need to go any further.
Dual boiler coffee machines have a small brew boiler and a large steam boiler. As with heat exchanger machines, you can brew and steam at the same time. The main reason to look at dual boiler espresso machines is for simple brew temperature adjustment. However, most “set and forget” so I generally recommend high end heat exchanger coffee machines as these cost less and are just as effective when it comes to making great coffee.
Choosing a Home Coffee Machine
When it comes to finding the best coffee machine, Italian coffee machines have you covered. All coffee machines that I sell are capable of making magnificent coffee in the hands of a trained operator. By trained I mean “attended my free home barista training session” or “read my online guides and workflows” then followed the steps. The simplicity of the Italian coffee espresso machine experience surprises almost everyone.
As you learn more about coffee you will soon narrow in on the best coffee machines. Italian coffee machines are a long way ahead of the crowd when you consider the 3 factors to consider when choosing a coffee machine for home:
Performance (in-the-cup quality)
Quality (build quality & engineering)
Experience (aesthetics & kin-aesthetics)
Performance is all about the results in your cup. For some this will be the key influencer when choosing a home coffee machine. Others will value machine quality and the home barista experience. I really hope that no one wants a perfect cup of coffee every day from a poor quality coffee machine that looks horrible and isn’t fun to use.
There’s another critical factor to consider when choosing an Italian coffee machine. Home users need to work to a budget. If you have $4k you can have the very best, but you don’t need $4k. There are plenty of Italian espresso machines to choose from at a range of price points.
If you’re reading this now you are on the right track as this means that you are taking some time to do a little research. Well Done. With a little guidance you will find the best Italian coffee machine. Rocket your way onto the home barista scene with a great Italian coffee machine and let me, Paul, help you along the way.
Italian Coffee Machine FAQs
When you start out as a new home barista it’s completely normal for your head to fill with questions as the new hobby comes to light. For answers to many of the questions that are bubbling away in your head right now please take a look at my Coffee Machine FAQs