Which Machine Style is Right for You?
Super-Automatic: These espresso machines are primarily designed for ease of use and high convenience. SuperAutomatics will heat up quickly and prepare your coffee from whole beans with minimal manual-involvement. The full range of features will depend on your choice of model, but in many cases the machine will have a built in grinder so that users need only press a button for their beans to become fully ground and prepared as a hot and toasty espresso. Often also equipped with a panarello wand or cappuccinatore, these machines can create everything from a simple doppio to a rich cappuccino–all within an easy to use and maintain home brewing system.
Semi-Automatic:The most common among home espresso machines are the Semi-Automatics, which swap out high convenience for the highest achievable quality in espresso based drinks. Built with the at-home barista in mind, these machines pair well with a quality coffee grinder and allow full precision over the production of your espresso.
Capsule: Capsule Espresso Machines offer the ultimate in convenience, even more so than the SuperAutomatic. Simply insert your choice of espresso capsule and select your brewing size to create a delicious and flavorful espresso.
Portable: Harkening to the most traditional form of espresso, these simple coffee makers can easily be packed and transported making them a strong right hand companion for many espresso lovers. Simply set your brewer over a compatible heating element, and allow its flavors to bloom.
If you're interested in learning more about home espresso machines, and in creating espresso flavors to perfectly suit your tastes–the following are links to our blog articles and learning materials geared towards helping you determine what's right for you. Browse through our materials for in-depth details on various machine types, and the process of at-home espresso brewing.