Addicted to that latte from your favorite coffee shop? Well, you can recreate these coffee drinks at home whenever you feel like it. There is, however, one device you will need: an espresso machine. They can be a little intimidating at first, but with a little trial and error, you can be your own barista. Here, we offer our espresso machine search for beginners and experts alike, so you can find the right machine for you.
Bambino Plus espresso machine
$514 on Amazon
The Breville Bambino Plus is a compact yet capable espresso machine perfect for beginners. The water heats up quickly and the automatic steam wand adjusts the temperature and texture of the milk to your liking.
This Amazon reviewer loves this: “Oh my God (this needed to be explained)! My headline read, ‘Must be careful, but be careful.’ The problem is, once you get this espresso machine and learn how to make it the right way, you will never be able to drink just coffee again. Pure coffee is very unpleasant compared to the wonderful drink that comes from this espresso machine. Standing in line for a cappuccino or latte will no longer be something you’re willing to do.
Barista Express espresso machine
$750 on Amazon
For anyone who wants an all-in-one machine, the Breville Barista Express is for you. It has a built-in grinder! You can grind the coffee directly in the portafilter for maximum freshness and in perfectly measured doses.
This machine is so good, even professionals love it! “After working as a barista for four years, the thought of leaving coffee to go to graduate school was unsettling. As an early birthday present, my mom bought this machine for me. brew any coffee drink! Perfect single or double espresso (even coming with double wall filters to make a decent espresso from pre-ground coffee), steam wand with acceptable pressure and good heat to texturize milk (latte art is a must for me and this machine allows me to reach it 7/10 times)…. I really love this machine.”
Another barista comments: “It’s a fantastic little machine that makes great tasting espresso, amazing steamed milk and saves a lot of money and time. Buy it! Super easy to use! Not like the industrialists I used to use when I worked at Starbucks, but it’s still super easy and makes a great tasting espresso. I got this as a Christmas present and I’ve been using it almost every day for about a month now.”
Professional classic espresso machine
$439 $448 on Amazon
Gaggia is for espresso enthusiasts who want to take their love of coffee to the next level. You can tinker to your heart’s content to get the coffee just how you like it. This is a professional grade machine for the home.
“If you’re serious but not obsessed with your espresso, this is absolutely the machine for you!” said a five star review. “Over the years, I’ve spent more than the cost of this machine while looking for that perfect ‘prosumer’ espresso machine. Wish I had just bitten the bullet all along? U betcha! The classic Gaggia lives up to its hype and more! I have to warn you that… once you dial in and learn how to brew a more than decent shot of espresso, visiting Starbucks will become a thing of the past!
Silvia espresso machine
$830 on Amazon
Want to take your espresso to the next level? Then consider the Rancilio Silvia, a machine designed for anyone who thinks of espresso as a hobby and a passion. It’s commercial grade but compact enough for a home kitchen.
A former barista assures this: “This machine is fantastic and easy to use. The quality of the coffee is excellent with a little practice – you can do worse with a cheaper machine or you can pay more for something more automatic, but you don’t it will be better espresso… When I’m super lazy, I make a generous double shot (Americano type) and pour it into the milk in the microwave, and it’s a killer latte in ~3 minutes – including time to heat up the machine… this machine works beautifully.”
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