The At-Home Espresso Machines Coffee Experts Actually Own
One is just $30!
If you find yourself regularly craving the luxury of a latte or cappucino, it might be time to consider investing in an espresso machine. With the proper equipment, you can make anything from a vanilla latte to an espresso martini in the comfort of your own home. We talked to a master barista about what to consider when buying an espresso machine, which got us wondering how he and other master baristas brew their morning coffee. We reached out to some of the top coffee experts around the country to find out what espresso machines they recommend for at-home use. While they all have a La Marzocco (the espresso machine brand you'll find at most coffee shops) on their ultimate wish list, the machines they keep in their homes are generally smaller and easier to use. Here's what they recommend you buy.
"Alas, my snug Brooklyn kitchen that I share with a roommate can't accommodate a home espresso machine. I'll turn to an Aeropress or a moka pot on the occasion that I want a more concentrated brew at home, which generally means I'm making an affogato. While they both yield something different than an espresso, it definitely does the trick. Lately, I've been pairing our Holler Mountain Blend with Van Leeuwen's Vegan Salted Caramel ice cream and our Rwanda Huye Mountain single origin with Oatly's Vanilla oat milk ice cream!"
-Emily Rosenberg, Stumptown Coffee Expert
"I love the compact size and sleek design [of the Nespresso Essenza Mini Black]. It sits comfortably next to my other appliances and delivers a reliable and consistent result with the touch of a button. [When searching for the right machine], ask yourself what type of coffee drinks you enjoy. I personally love espresso and espresso-based drinks, but for those who are looking for more versatility and a machine that brews both coffee and espresso, I’d recommend the new Vertuo Next."
-James Pergola, Nespresso’s U.S. Coffee Ambassador
"For single-serve, pre-portioned all F&F machines are great. I have an old X1 version, but I love the X7.1 because it is fast and consistent. I’m not a morning person, so when I get out of the bed I walk to my kitchen and push the on-off button, the machine gets ready in about one minute. I toss my illy classico iperespresso capsule in, and in 25 seconds I can enjoy my espresso."
-Giorgio Milos, Master Barista for illy
"Breville has a wide range of home espresso machines, with varying functionality and a price range from about $500 to $3,000. The Oracle Touch, their top of the line model, for example, has the ability to not just grind and brew coffee but can steam your milk to the perfect texture and temperature. At home, I have the Breville Dual Boiler system paired with a Baratza Sette 270 Wi grinder, which is also integrated with the Acaia scale technology."
-Selina Viguera, Cafe Lead, Blue Bottle Abbot Kinney Cafe
"I have a La Marzocco Linea Mini at home. My husband worked for La Marzocco for seven years, so it was an easy choice to make when we finally moved into a home that could accommodate it in the kitchen. I use it on occasion to pull a shot of one of our Stumptown single origin coffees or steam milk for hot chocolates for my son. We have even started a tradition of hosting a pop-up cafe for our neighborhood the day after Thanksgiving!"
-Laila Ghambari, Stumptown Coffee Expert
"This is a serious, professional-grade tool and makes world class drinks. You'll need to do some studying and online education on how to properly use it, but this is a true barista high-grade piece of equipment."
-Todd Carmichael, La Colombe Coffee founder and CEO