I don’t know about you, but I can’t start my day without a fresh, hot cup of coffee. Lately I’ve ditched my old drip coffee machine in favour of a new fancy espresso machine. The coffee it produces is richer, thicker and more aromatic and I am completely hooked! High quality espresso is no longer limited to the confines of fancy high street coffee shops — espresso has made it into the home and it’s better than ever! Here’s our roundup of some of the best espresso machines on the market in 2017!
In a hurry? Don’t have time to read the full article? Here’s a brief summary:
|Ease Of Use||Taste||Max Brew Pressure||Extra Features|
|Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista ECMP1000||3/5||4/5||15 bar||Removable milk reservoir||Check Price|
|Nespresso Inissia||5/5||4/5||19 bar||Nespresso pods require no cleanup||Check Price|
|De’Longhi EC155||3/5||3/5||15 bar||Check Price|
|Breville BES870XL||2/5||5/5||15 bar||Integrated burr grinder||Check Price|
|MiniPresso GR||4/5||2/5||8 bar (avg.)||No power required||Check Price|
Best Espresso Machines 2017 – Roundup
The Mr Coffee ‘Cafe Barista’ is designed to act as a fully functioning barista on your countertop! It takes automation to the next level with it’s simple one-touch system. At the press of a button, the machine will pull a single or double shot of espresso, foam the milk to your desired texture, and even mix the two in perfect combination. You can take a complete hands off approach to making fresh, barista style coffee at home! We found the addition of a removable (and refrigerate-able!) milk reservoir to be a nice touch. Despite it’s lack of sleek European styling, this is a very fully featured espresso machine with features to keep amateurs and coffee snobs alike perfectly happy!
- One-touch operation (pulls espresso and foams milk simultaneously)
- Refrigerator friendly removable milk reservoir
- Affordable price tag
- Has trouble brewing at consistent temperatures, occasionally tainting the flavour of the coffee
- Gets clogged easily with fine ground coffee
The ‘Nespresso’ brand may not jump to mind when you think of brewing high quality espresso in your own home but don’t be fooled by the ease of this pod-based espresso maker. The Inissia can brew a fine espresso in no time at all, thanks to its super simple operation and single button press required. It’s basic, but functional. If you lack the time to dedicate to finely cultivating the perfect cup of joe, then this is the best espresso machine for you! There is an ever-expanding catalogue of Nespresso pods available too — check out our favourites here.
- Lightweight and extremely compact – can fit onto even the smallest countertops!
- Simple operation
- Great water tank design
- Tied to the Nespresso pod system (unless you buy some third-party re-fillable pods)
- Limited water tank capacity due to slim design
Don’t be fooled by the cheap looking plastic exterior on this espresso machine. The De’Longhi EC155 made the number 3 spot on our list for good reason. Firstly, it’s affordability. For less than $100 you are getting a very capable, feature packed espresso machine. It includes a larger than average water reservoir, single coffee hopper and an integrated steam wand. It doesn’t offer much in the way of fine control over your brew but it makes up for that in it’s sheer ease of use with all functions of the machine available from a single control dial on the front of the unit. The large stainless steel drip tray is a nice addition too.
- Fairly compact
- Very affordable
- Large water reservoir
- Lacks the power and temperature control of higher end espresso machines, which can make the espresso a little inconsistent
This is the big boy on our list. The Breville BES870XL is aimed at coffee aficionados with a little more time and counter-top space to spare. This is about as good as it gets in the world of home espresso machines. It features something which none of the other espresso machines on our list offer, an integrated burr grinder. This is a fantastic addition as it allows you to grind perfectly measured quantities of espresso straight into the hopper for maximum freshness. It also features a pressure gauge and vast array of manual controls to allow you to really dial in your perfect pull. For those of you not familiar with the process of creating fresh espresso, this machine may seem a little daunting.
- Solid stainless steel design
- Huge array of manual controls
- Integrated burr grinder
- Highest pressure machine on our list
- Large water reservoir
- A little more time complicated to use (not a great choice for beginners)
- Takes up quite a lot of counter-top space
Time for something a little bit different. The MiniPresso GR isn’t your conventional espresso machine, but that’s not to say it still can’t make an amazing cup of coffee. It’s marketed as ‘the espresso machine that fits in your pocket’ and whilst that may be mostly true, that’s not it’s only merit. It doesn’t require any mains or battery power, it’s driven exclusively by human power using an innovative and extremely compact pump system. Simply add ground coffee to the adapter, close everything up tight and pump away. Machine quality espresso – by hand! Perfect for folks who love the outdoors and want to take fresh espresso with them.
The MiniPresso is also available in a version compatible with Nespresso capsules!
- Very lightweight and compact – great for travel
- No mains or battery power required
- Not as high in pressure as a conventional espresso machine
So there we have it. I bet your mouth is watering after all this talk of fresh espresso. What are you waiting for? Espresso in your own home is now easier than ever!
We hope our list of the best espresso machines for 2017 has been helpful. We would love to hear your thoughts. Send us a tweet @Best_Of_Guru