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Home Espresso Machines

High quality espresso at home can be achieved if you have the right hardware.

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  • Sep 3, 2009
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Rancilio Silvia Espresso - I make better espresso at home for less than I paid at coffee shops - http://tinyurl.com/rancilio-silvia-link
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review by . September 03, 2009
Rancilio Silvia
First off, you have to do the math.  If you're a lover of espresso drinks - how much do you spend in a year at Starbucks, Peets, or Coffee Bean?       MY MATH:   Specialty Espresso Drink in Starbucks: $3.50 plus tip (goodbye to the 2 quarters)   Drinks per day - one for sure, sometimes 2 or 3.  Let's say 2 - because if the coffee shop was handy, 2 would be my minimum.      MY FORMULA:  (2 per day * 350 days) * $4.00 …
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 There are 4 basic machines:

Pump Espresso Machines

  • These use a powered pump to produce the right amount of water pressure
  • Usually the most expensive
  • Can be quite large, bulky and noisy
  • Produces excellent espresso
  • Pump can get clogged with mineral deposits from the water
  • Commercial machines are often this type
Lever/Piston Espresso Machines
  • There is a manual lever and piston on these models to create the pressure
  • Can be hard on the arm
  • Very quiet machine
  • Espresso quality can vary
  • Few parts, low maintenance
Steam Powered Espresso Machines
  • The steam from heated water creates the pressure
  • Pressure isn't always strong enough to make a good Espresso
  • Smaller machine, sleek design
  • Quick and easy to use
Moka Pots
  • These are simple stove-top pots
  • Water in the bottom half of the pot, forces steam through the coffee into the top half of the pot
  • Super simple
  • Less pressure than the mechanized versions
  • No milk frothing/foaming attachments
  • Least expensive of all these models
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