June 11, 2007

Espresso Machines for Father's Day

I wanted to put up a quick Father's Day guide for those of you who are considering an Espresso Machine. We have run through a lot of machines and have seen a few good ones and a few not so good ones, but here's a brief set that should get you headed in the right direction. If you want good crema, make sure the unit is a pump-driven (not "steam driven"). All of the units below are pump driven. See my post on why pump driven machines are better.


Classic Design - Semi Automatic Operation

Gaggia Baby D -

The Gaggia Baby D semi-automatic machine has manual set-up and push button convenience for quick operation. The specifications are all there for a good shot of espresso and it has plenty of power to deliver that shot; 1400+ watts of heating and pumping with a 15-bar pump. The two programmable buttons allow for easy and consistent espresso every time.

Gaggia Baby D at Amazon

Non-Classic Design - Semi Automatic Operation

Nespresso Essenza C-100

I love the Nespresso Essenza and its delicious espresso. The unit turns out fantastic crema topped espresso time and time again. The unit does not have a steam wand, and does not warm the cups; two things to consider. (If you want those in a Nespresso machine, consider the Nespresso D150)The unit only takes capsules that can be bought from Nespresso's website. They have a wide variety and I am sure one to fit your needs. See my Reivew of the Nespresso Essenza C100.

Nespresso Essenza C100 at Amazon


Entry Model Pump Espresso Machine

DeLonghi EC-155

This is not a bad little espresso machine for under $100. Pump driven and it cranks our some nice crema. I really enjoyed it when I used it and it makes espresso better than it should at this price. See My Review of the DeLonghi EC-155

DeLonghi EC-155 at Amazon


Don’t Forget the Pods!
If you are getting the DeLonghi EC155 or Baby D, I would add in some ESE coffee pods. They make preparation easy and painless. They also make an excellent cup of espresso with these machines. If you like Starbucks, try the Starbucks ESE pods, or if you want something more adventurous and also delicious, try the Lavazza pods.

Another great option is to get a HUGE ESE Espresso Pod Super Sampler . With 60 (2 each of 30 kinds) ESE pods, you'll be able to sample your way through all kinds of different Espresso. Lots of fun, lots of espresso.


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Posted by Scott Martin at June 11, 2007 6:47 AM
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Well. I just bought myself a super-cheap steam-driven one, but it's only to hold me over until I save up enough for a Nespresso! Headed over to read why pumps are better now, thanks for the info. (And, you probably know, the Nespresso you recommend is also Consumer Reports's Best Buy).


Posted by: Analisa Roche at June 11, 2007 9:03 PM
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