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Espresso Machine Buying Guide

A Concise Guide to Buying an Espresso Machine

Buying an espresso machine can be a daunting task - there are currently more than 200 home machines on the market, with more appearing every year.

This concise step-by-step guide provides essential background information on buying the best machine to suit your needs and budget.

Initial considerations

Reasons to buy an espresso machine

  • You may be spending a great deal of money in coffee houses and see a home machine as an investment.
  • You want to enjoy espresso coffee in the comfort of your own home.
  • You want an machine for health reasons - espresso coffee contains far less caffeine than drip-brewed coffee.

Reasons NOT to buy an espresso machine

  • Good machines are not inexpensive. They generally cost between $200 and $900. Just how serious you are about making real espresso is an important first consideration.
  • Cheaper machines require regular cleaning.
  • Making superb espresso is a culinary art - don't expect to duplicate your favorite coffee house brew at the first attempt.

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