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Guide to Buying an Espresso Machine

Guide to buying an espresso machine
Types of machine

Espresso machines can be categorized as either steam or pump-driven.

Steam Espresso Machines

Steam espresso machinesSteam-driven models are inexpensive and quick and easy to use, but usually fail to generate consistent pressure at an optimal brewing temperature. The result is a bitter shot of coffee.

While not recommended for regular indoor use, stovetop models are ideal for espresso on-the-go.

More about steam-driven models.

Pump Espresso Machines

Pump Espresso Machines

Pump-driven models are more expensive, but usually generate more consistent pressure than a steam-driven machine. Water also passes through the coffee at a slightly cooler temperature which is optimal for espresso.

When used correctly, this type of machine produces a far better shot of coffee.

More about pump-driven models.