Where to get an espresso machine

expresso-machineThe huge popularity of cappuccinos and other fancy coffee drinks has gotten a lot of people interested in owning an espresso machine. Even though these machines are quite expensive it is usually still cheaper than buying a cappuccino at the coffee shop every day. Because of this popularity espresso machines are pretty widely available so you should not have any trouble finding one.

Express MachineThe huge popularity of espresso, especially for use in cappuccinos has greatly increased the demand for espresso machines. This has made them much more widely available than they used to be. These days you can get them at almost any store that sells kitchen items like a large department store. You can also get them online with lots of sites selling them. It is a good idea to shop around to make sure that you are getting a good deal on the machine that you choose. An espresso machine is not cheap so you do want to be careful.

You can get espresso machines in all different price ranges from around fifty dollars to more than a thousand. As with most things you do tend to get what you pay for. In general it is best to stay away from the really low priced ones as they are not really worth the money. At a minimum you should expect to spend at least a couple of hundred dollars to get a machine that will provide you with a reasonable level of quality and make espresso that you are actually going to want to drink.

The main things that you want to look at when you are choosing an espresso machine is what it is made out of and how it is heated. Most of the cheaper machines are made out of aluminum and this can affect the taste of the espresso. The better machines are made from copper or stainless steel. In order to get good quality espresso you have to have a steady temperature and this is going to depend on how the machine is heated. It should have its own boiler this is the only way to get a steady temperature. Some of the cheaper machines use what is called a thermoblock these machines are best avoided.

There are some other features that you may want to look at when you are looking at an espresso machine. The salesman will often dazzle you with talk of how much pressure the machine has, really this is not the case. As long as the machine can reach fourteen bars an additional pressure beyond that will be of limited value. A steam wand can be a useful feature as can a removable water reservoir but these are usually only found on the higher end machines and it really isn’t worth spending the extra money just to get them.