Buying the right espresso machine

Just as there are many different kinds of espresso flavors and drinks on the market today, so too are there just as many different ways to make an espresso beverage. The main difference, however, in making an espresso base coffee beverage lies in the machine that is used to make it. There are multiple types of espresso machines on the market today and buying the right one is crucial to having the best espresso beverage for yourself and the other individuals you have purchased the machine for. Many people use an espresso machine in their business, and coffee shops are the perfect example of businesses that typically invest in espresso machines.


Altogether, though, there are more than five different types of espresso machines and the taste of the espresso is probably slightly different when made from each one even though the process of making the espresso is basically the same. The most popular type of espresso machine that is used throughout America coffee shops and breakfast restaurants, though, is the pump-driven espresso machine that is made from the piston espresso machine! This type of espresso machine is interesting because it basically streamlines the whole espresso-making process and makes the process of getting espresso very simple! In fact, many of these types of American espresso machines are automatic, which means that a single button just has to be pushed in order to get some espresso out of it!

On the other hand, some people in other countries routinely use the stovetop espresso machine. This is a machine that, as the name states, sits on your stove and produces espresso. However, the method of doing so is interesting because these types of machines are true steam-driven espresso machines. Hot water is heated in the bottom of the machine, which is forced up to the middle of the espresso machine where the actual beverage is made!

When buying the right espresso machine, though, you’ll probably first and foremost want to invest in one of the easiest espresso machines, which is a pump-driven or even motor-driven espresso machine. All of these espresso machines can be quite expensive, but depending on how enthusiastic you are about your favorite coffee beverage will probably dictate how much money you’re willing to spend. For starters, though, an inexpensive machine around $150 may be just the perfect one to start with.

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Investing on an espresso machine

Let’s begin with the most expensive item on the list and what you’ll be using to make your coffee, the espresso machine, also known as a latte machine. Domestic espresso machines prices can vary from $50 all the way to $3000+. Yes that is a big price range. But usually the more you pay, the better machine you get, and the better coffee it makes. However the more expensive the machine does not necessarily mean the better. As there are some such as the Barista Express that balance coffee making ability and price. Today we’re going to work our way up from great entry level latte machines to some of their more expensive counterparts.


Entry Level Latte Machines

Not everyone is willing to invest too much in a home latte machine, especially when they’re just starting out on their coffee making journey. The below are excellent starting points for people being introduced to the world of espresso.

De’Longhi Pump Espresso Machine

The De’Longhi is a small and compact espresso machine that allows the use of both coffee pods and ground coffee. This dual espresso making system is great for people who want to alternate between fresh coffee and coffee pods. It has dual thermostats that ensures the perfect temperature for espresso and comes equipped with a basic milk frother that is fit for entry-level baristas.

Mr. Coffee Latte Maker

The Mr. Coffee Latte Maker is an entry level automatic latte machine. The unique difference for the Mr. Coffee is that it automates the milk steaming process rather than the espresso extraction process. This in turn takes out some of the challenges for people who are fans of a frothy cappuccino but have trouble steaming milk on their own. All you do is put in the milk, press a button and let the steamed milk come. You’ll be be enjoying your cappuccino or latte in no time.

Breville Barista Express

If you’re looking for one of the most user friendly espresso machines then the Breville Barista Express is the way to go. The Australian engineers behind this machine have created it with the home user in mind. It’s most striking feature is its inbuilt coffee grinder with adjustable settings. This is a big deal in the world of coffee making. Not only because of the convenience it creates by reducing your kitchen bench space, but also because of the money you will save for not having to buy a peripheral coffee grinder. Furthermore, it has an elegant design with semi-automatic settings that allow you to have full control of the entire coffee making process. This is the definitive mid-entry machine for the coffee enthusiast.

Gaggia Classic


The Gaggia is widely recommended as the one of the best entry-level espresso machines. The Classic comes equipped with a single boiler and a durable group and commercial grade exterior. One of the reasons the Classic is so popular is because of its small size compared to other espresso machines. It’s perfect for any bench top. For the price point and build quality it is no wonder why the Gaggia Classic is enjoyed as a great entry-level latte machine – it produces great espresso and silky foam in a shell that’s built to last.

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Decorating home is my passion!

Lately I’ve been on the search for the perfect, new-to-me element to add to our home’s decor.  I tend to change decorating styles on a whim so I wanted something that wouldn’t break the bank but would also pack a little punch.  I think (with the help of pinterest and a few fun blogs) I have found just the thing that might add a little fun to our living room.  Maps!  I love dreaming about travels we will take in the future so what better way to prepare for the spring dreaming season than adding a bit of geographical inspiration to our home?!  Here are a few of my absolute favorite ways maps can take center stage in your decor too!

I can’t get over the heart garland made out of maps.  I really, really love the different color and layers of it.  And, being the sucker for love related things, the we met. we married. we live. DIY art in the bottom left makes my heart so happy.  If you can’t tell from the picture above, you cut a heart shaped section of the city you met in, married in and currently live in.  Pop them in a frame with labels and voila!  Your very own geographical love story!  And who wouldn’t love to pay homage to their travels with a beautiful silver pushpin on a map of the whole world like the picture in the middle row shows?  I can’t get over those silver push pins!  Anyone know where I can get some?  What are some of your favorite decorating ideas using maps?  I’m all ears!

Espresso Mindset Correction


I have always been a great fan of espressos. I just love its smell and taste. I have an expensive espresso maker at home just to indulge myself. I’ve always thought my homemade espressos were good until I was served a cup at my friend’s house. The secret to her triumph over me was a Delonghi espresso maker. Without having to do much persuading, she showed me her sleek and shiny red ICONA ECO 310.R. It had a stainless steel boiler, a self-priming system, a steam-regulating knob and; my personal favorite feature; a cup warmer. I was fascinated by the machine. Although I was in love with espresso, I did not do a very thorough job of checking out all available espresso maker models. I merely chose an expensive one since I thought a high price meant high quality. After looking at my friend’s espresso maker, I changed my mind immediately. I also changed my espresso maker the very next day.

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