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Espresso Machines

If you are in the market for a new espresso machine, reach out to a Curated Expert to see what type of machine is right for you! There are several different types of espresso machines that you can rely on for a consistent shot of espresso, and there is a machine on the market for every budget and style of espresso making.

If you like having full control over pulling the shot, there is a machine for you! If you only want control over the grinding, dosing, and tamping, there’s also a machine for you, and if you want a fully automated home espresso bar with every drink available with the touch of a button, then guess what? There’s a machine for you, too!

Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines

Semi-automatic espresso machines are those where you pair the grinder of your choice to the machine, and have complete control over grinding, dosing, and tamping. Once you load and lock the portafilter in place, the machine pulls the shot for you. After the shot is poured, you have the option to use a built-in steam wand to create your favorite milk-based drink of choice.

These machines are an excellent choice for those individuals who want control over their grind and puck, but would rather have the machine control the extraction of the shot. These machines are great for those who love the espresso-making experience but may not be experienced or comfortable enough for a prosumer or manual espresso machine.

Super-Automatic Espresso Machines

A step or two up in automation is what you get with super-automatic espresso machines. They do it all! Simply load your beans, program several settings, and voila, you have not just a finely pulled shot of espresso, but also a menu of mixed milk-based espresso drinks to choose from. These machines make cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, and my personal favorite, the flat white.

These machines are perfect for those who are on the go and simply don’t have the time to make an espresso first thing in the morning. Like another level of convenience? Many super-automatic machines now have app connectivity, so your machine can prepare your favorite espresso drink from anywhere!

Prosumer Espresso Machines

If you love the art of espresso making and are a true aficionado, then a prosumer machine may be best for your home. Imagine that you’re the barista, and you want the perfect pulled shot meeting your every specification. That is what a prosumer espresso machine provides; the ability to have the best barista-pulled shot in your home, just like in the coffee shop.

Made from professional- and commercial-grade components, prosumer machines are essentially smaller versions of the machines that you find at your local coffee shop. Operating these machines does require a lot of time and know-how, but practice makes a better, more consistent cup. These machines also produce arguably the best shot.

Manual Espresso Machines

Espresso making is not only a science, but many consider it an art form. True to the art form is a manual espresso machine. While they may be the most basic of the aforementioned machines, manual machines do not lack beauty, and they are always a talking point in the home. Similar to prosumer machines, manual machines require you to control everything from the grind to pulling the shot.

Lever-driven machines also require the most physical exertion to pull a shot, and like prosumer machines, manual machines are built for the coffee connoisseur. These machines offer endless customization, meaning that you can tweak even the smallest detail in the brewing process according to your preferences. Manual espresso machines offer the most artisanal and tactile brewing experience. Additionally, most manual machines don’t require electricity, so you’ll be sure to get your caffeine fix even during a blackout!

Talk With an Expert

When you are ready to begin thinking about which espresso machine is best for you, head to Curated and speak with one of our fine Coffee & Espresso Experts. They are always a message away and are able to help narrow down the choices for you as well as be a sounding board for your questions and ideas! Head on over to Curated and take the coffee and espresso quiz to get matched with one of these Experts today!