Home Espresso Machines - Buying Guide
Welcome again from me, Paul. I supply the best home espresso machines in Australia to espresso machine buyers, Melbourne and Australia Wide. The coffee espresso machine is just the start. I also provide Free Training, Online Guides and Premium Support
Espresso is at the heart of all of the coffees that you will find at your local cafe including long blacks, macchiatos, lattes, cappuccinos, and flat whites. All of these drinks start with a shot of espresso, so learning about the best espresso machines for home is the first step of the home barista journey. Of course, all of the best espresso machines for home have steam wands and it’s the steam from these wands that works the magic with the milk for those silky lattes and smooth flat whites.
What is the difference between an espresso machine and a coffee machine? There’s often no difference. They can be the same. In fact, sometimes machines are even referred to as espresso coffee machines and/or coffee espresso machines. One thing you can be certain of is that if they are Italian, they will make great espresso and all of the other espresso based drinks that you will find in your local coffee shop. Yum!
When looking for the best home espresso machines, home baristas should look to Italy, the birthplace of espresso. To learn about the best espresso machines and to choose the best espresso machine, home enthusiasts should look to this Buying Guide. This guide will help you to choose the best Italian espresso machine for your home. Welcome from me, Paul, to the home barista hobby.
Home Espresso Machine Types
Single Boiler espresso machines have a small boiler at brew temperature for pulling shots, then with a flick of a switch, the boiler temperature can be increased to get the machine ready to steam the milk. These can make great espresso, but changing between brew and steam temperatures can be fiddly so I always very highly recommend stretching to a heat exchanger espresso machine if you can.
Heat exchanger espresso machines have one large boiler. For brewing coffee, water is pumped through a heat exchanger to pick up heat from the boiler on-the-run. These machines are great as they let you brew coffee and steam milk at the same time and most of them come with the E61 group for thermal stability along with gentle brew pressure build up. For most there is no need to go any further.
Dual boiler espresso machines have a brew boiler and a steam boiler. As with heat exchanger machines, you can brew espresso and steam milk at the same time. The main reason to look at dual boiler machines is for brew temperature adjustment. However, most people don’t use this function so I generally recommend high end heat exchanger espresso machines as these are just as effective when it comes to making great espresso.
Best Home Espresso Machines
The range can be daunting with a large number of domestic espresso machine brands including Profitec, La Pavoni, ECM, Lelit, Saeco, Gaggia, Synesso, Slayer and La Marzocco. To help you to narrow in on great machines I have selected my personal favorites at a number of price points. Below are my choices for the best espresso machines for home.
Choosing an Espresso Machine for Home
All espresso machines that I sell are very capable of producing exceptional coffee in the hands of a trained operator. By trained I mean “attended one of my home barista training sessions” or “read my online guides and workflows” then followed the steps. The simplicity of the Italian espresso machine experience is surprising to many.
As you search for the best Italian espresso machine for home there are a number of factors to consider such as performance, experience and quality.
Performance is all about the coffee in your cup. For some this will be the key factor when choosing a home espresso machine. Others will value quality of the machine and some will just be chasing a great home barista experience. Who wants a perfect espresso every day from a poor quality machine without a great experience? Not me.
If you’re reading this now you are on the right track. With a little guidance you will find the best Italian espresso coffee machine for you to buy as you rocket your way onto the home barista scene.