Why Don't These Espresso Machines Have Buttons?

by Alan Reader

For home coffee machines please avoid buttons. The primary reason for this is that for truly great espresso you need to extract by colour, not by time or by volume. This may sound tricky but don't be concerned at all - you can read about extracting by colour on my Understanding Espresso page.

A secondary reason is that buttons takes away that hands-on manual coffee machine feeling. Driving a powerful manual coffee machine is a lot of fun - like driving a V8 !!!