Coffee Machine Buying Guide
Welcome from me, Paul, owner of K Bean Coffee Machines, Melbourne. I supply Italian coffee machines for home at the Best Prices in Australia along with Free Training, Online Guides and Premium Support
I have designed this Buying Guide to help you to choose the best coffee machine for your home. Please read through then take a look at my Recommended Coffee Machines
Choosing a Coffee Machine for Home
When it comes to finding the best coffee machine, home coffee machines from Italy 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.
This Buying Guide will help you to focus 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 results)
Quality (build quality & engineering)
Experience (ergonomics and aesthetics)
Performance in the cup is be the key influencer when choosing a home coffee machine. Another is quality. Don’t be blinded by shiny panels. Look beneath the surface and to find out and what is going on inside. And don’t forget the x-factor - the user experience. Who wants a perfect cup of coffee every day from a poor quality coffee machine that breaks down every 12 months and isn’t any fun to use? Not me.
With a little guidance you can find a home espresso machine that ticks all three boxes - Performance, Quality, Experience - then you can Rocket your way onto the home barista scene with a premium Italian coffee machine.
Types of Italian Coffee Machines
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 an E61 group for thermal stability along with gentle brew pressure ramp up. For great coffee there is no need to go any further.
Dual boiler coffee machines have a small brew boiler and a large steam boiler. In the past people looked to dual boiler espresso machines for the best in brew temperature stability. However, many modern heat exchanger machines with E61 groups can achieve similar stability. With this in mind I generally recommend high end heat exchanger coffee machines as these cost less and are just as effective at delivery quality coffee.
5 Best Home Coffee Machines
The large range of Italian coffee machines available for sale in Australia can be daunting. To help you to choose the best coffee machine for your home I have put together this shortlist of recommended machines.
Lelit Victoria A premium manual coffee machine packed with innovative features
Lelit Mara A brilliant compact coffee machine that is great for small spaces
La Pavoni Cellini A rock solid Italian coffee machine - a stand out at its price point
Profitec Pro 500 A superstar - this one outsells all of my other machines combined
Profitec Pro 700 The pinnacle - for a home barista experience without compromise
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 FAQs:
Why choose an Italian coffee machine and not an appliance?
Why can't automatic machines make great espresso?
Are manual coffee machines easy to use?
How much should I spend on a home coffee machine?
What is the payback period for a home barista?
How long does it take to heat up a coffee machine?
Should I choose a rotary pump?
Should I choose a coffee machine with a dual boiler?
What is an Aus Spec coffee machine?
Are PIDs effective on heat exchanger coffee machines?
How useful is pre-wetting and pre-infusion?
Is high steam pressure important at home?
How effective are pressure and flow profiling?
Are Italian coffee machines easy to maintain?
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