Gaggia Classic A reliable single boiler coffee machine at an entry level price.
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 traditional Italian coffee machine from the iconic La Pavoni.
Profitec Pro 500 A first class coffee machine that outsells all of my others combined.
Profitec Pro 700 A semi professional dual boiler coffee machine for your home.
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 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. The main reason to look at dual boiler espresso machines is for simple brew temperature adjustment. However, most users “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 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 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 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 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 a great home espresso machine. Rocket your way onto the home barista scene with a premium Italian coffee machine.
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