We talked about having a good coffee, the one that awakens your neurons, but also the sense of taste. No instant preparations, but the delicious experience of an espresso, that is, quick but delicious.
Although if the coffee maker you have leaves a lot to be desired, many times you end up going to a cafeteria where you know they prepare it in conditions. Fortunately, more and more good espresso machines can be found in the market that help you prepare your favorite beverage with considerable time and money savings and making coffee the way you like it!
The idea is to choose a coffee machine that makes it perfect for you, that you use without being lazy and that you can clean in less time than you use to empty the cup. You can choose between the typical express similar to those of coffee shops and the most modern capsules. Both prepare the coffee in the same way, under pressure, and the main difference is that with classic espresso machines you can choose which coffee you want to use, even choose between ground or grain to better preserve the flavor, while in the capsules you have a limited variety according to the brand.
With this guide you can choose your espresso machine in less time than it will take to explode the bubbles in its packaging.
What will you find in this guide?
The 4 best espresso machines without capsules
Inside the pressure coffee machines, the automatic ones are the most comfortable … and also the most expensive, because they give you everything practically done, so that you only have to worry about tasting your coffee.
This is done by the DeLonghi Magnificent perfectly: by pressing a single button and turning a regulator, you can make a shorter or longer coffee, adjust the intensity of the aroma and even the temperature of the water.
It has an integrated grinder that grinds the coffee bean just at the time of making your drink, so that it does not lose aroma. It has 13 programs to adjust the grinding to your liking, although if you prefer you can use already ground coffee, for example when you want a decaf.
To savor a delicious coffee with milk or a cappuccino, you have the vaporizer tube (Capuccino System) with which to froth your drink as much as you want.
Do you want more advantages?
- It incorporates an automatic cleaning system, which causes the machine to rinse every time it is turned on and off.
- In addition, it will notify you when it is necessary to make a manual descaling (the term will depend on the use you give to the coffee maker).
Following the cleaning, two important details: the water tank is removable, and so is the drip tray.
In short, the Magnificent DeLonghi lives up to any renowned coffee shop. Your friends will want to go to your house for coffee!
The Krups EA8250 espresso machine is super automatic, it does absolutely everything: grind the coffee just before you need it, prepare the drink, collect the grounds in a tank, clean and descale automatically …
It also allows you to customize the size of your drink (from 20 to 220 ml) or the dose of coffee (from 6 to 9 gr per cup), for a more or less intense result.
It has a removable tank of 1’8 liters. It also has a vaporizer tube, which in addition to foaming in the milk dispenses hot water for your infusions. Without forgetting other interesting features:
- The height of the dispenser is adjustable, so you can use any cup you want without problems.
- It has an upper deposit for coffee beans that prevents you from having to fill in each brew; In addition, it is transparent and closed, to maintain the aroma of the beans without losing sight of when it should be replenished.
- The grinder is made of steel wheels and offers 3 levels of grinding (fine, medium or coarse) to adjust it to your liking.
When cleaning it, everything is easy: in addition to the automatic cleaning and descaling system, it is delivered with a maintenance kit that includes cleaning pads and a descaling envelope.
The Krups EA8250 is a great option to fully customize your espresso coffee with minimal effort.
Most espresso machines do not come with everything you need, so you end up buying a lot of accessories to prepare your coffee. Not so with the Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso coffee maker.
It comes with a stainless steel conical strawberry mill, a 1/2 pound sealed bean hopper, a 54 mm tamper, a smoking wand to foam the milk and a foam jug. All you need to buy is espresso coffee beans. The user manual is very detailed, so you should be able to follow their instructions without too much trouble.
According to our tests, it is worth learning to use the machine, and the result is a coffee with an absolutely beautiful flavor. It is actually very easy to use, and you will have the process inactive after two or three attempts.
The Barista Express espresso machine uses an Italian 15-bar pump and a 1600 W thermocoil heating system to make a rich espresso. As it is a semi-automatic machine, the Breville automatically adjusts the temperature of the water after the steam to extract the maximum flavor of its grains. The machine also has a 67 fl.oz (2L) water tank with a good handle for easy removal, and comes with a replaceable water filter.
The built-in burr grinder is of high quality and can easily adjust the size and amount of grinding with a dial on the front of the machine. You can choose to use a single or double wall filter basket, and the grinder will automatically adjust to provide you with the right amount of ground coffee for its preparation. Reviewers love that it comes with the grinder and praise its quality.
The Gaggia Classic Pro is the updated version of the Gaggia Classic, which has appeared on this list in the past. The simple and easy-to-use interface has remained the same, but what we are excited about is the steam wand. While it can still be a bit complicated, it is actually capable of producing a velvety foam with practice. The shots themselves are as impressive as ever and talk about the original version being a favorite of beginner barista fans for more than a decade. We have no doubt that the professional will serve the coffee community as well (and probably better).
The machine can grow with you. It comes with a pressurized basket, but has a commercial double shot and single shot basket. The pressurized basket is that if you don’t have a grinder, you can put coffee and you should get a cream from that coffee and a decent espresso. If you use commercials, you will get a real commercial espresso.
Another key difference is that the size of the group head and the filter holder is 58 mm and is made of chrome plated brass, the same as used in commercial machines. Gaggia has been using the complete commercial groups since 1977 with Gaggia Baby.
The 3 best Nespresso capsule coffee makers
1. Krups Nespresso Essenza Mini
In this Krups Nespresso Essenza fit many functions, despite its small size.
Still it has the usual power in Nespresso and allows you to enjoy an excellent coffee with all its cream. As usual in the brand, you have the option to customize it to your liking, making it more intense or longer.
Since you turn it on, you just have to wait 25 seconds to make coffee. And the energy saving mode is activated after 3 minutes. As a shot, it goes off by itself after 9 minutes of inactivity. You don’t have to worry about anything!
If you decide on this coffee maker, you can start enjoying it immediately, because it includes a box with several capsules for you to try the different flavors of Nespresso. It also has a € 20 voucher for you to buy more capsules, but subject to a larger purchase.
It is also not mandatory that you use the original Nespresso coffee: there are numerous white brands that manufacture compatible.
It has a container of used capsules with capacity for 9 units and a tank of 0’6 liters (about five coffees). If you drink coffee with milk in a large cup, keep in mind that the drip tray is removable but not foldable. That is, you have to remove it so that it enters the cup.
It is perhaps the most uncomfortable failure of this Krups Nespresso, which is otherwise an excellent coffee maker for kitchens with little space.
The Pixie coffee maker is original from Nespresso. Small but powerful, the Pixie has a great design – we didn’t expect less from the brand – and excellent functionality.
In addition to the possibility of choosing the coffee intensity, the welcome capsule pack and its very rapid heating since you turn it on, it incorporates an automatic shutdown system after 9 minutes of inactivity.
If you run out of water, some red lights come on to let you know before the engine suffers. It is not necessary to take out the tank to refill it, so it is very comfortable. Plus:
- The tank supports 0’7 liters of water and can store up to 10 used capsules.
- The drip tray folds up so you can use taller cups in your milk preparations.
Everything you need to enjoy a delicious espresso coffee without having to pay attention to small details.
And besides, aesthetically it is very beautiful, in any of its colors. Due to its design and its value for money, the Pixie is one of the most popular Nesspreso models.
Whether you travel a lot, or if your office doesn’t have a good coffee maker and you miss it, the Wacaco Minipresso NS has come to save you. Now you can take your capsule coffee on and prepare it anywhere.
Indeed, we are facing a travel coffee maker. In many hotels they provide a water heater, but a good coffee addict is not going to settle for a soluble, much less. So you pour hot water into the tank, press on the mechanism several times and you already have your espresso ready!
Logically, being manual, the pressure is not the same as an electric coffee maker, but it is enough to save the trip, and have a good coffee in places where you did not think it was possible.
It weighs 13 pounds, so you won’t notice it in your backpack or suitcase and it occupies very little.
The Wacaco Minipresso Includes a cleaning brush and a cup for pouring coffee. You can also buy a larger water tank separately, filter baskets to prepare your coffee without capsules and an EVA travel bag.
The 3 best capsule coffee makers from other brands
This is one of the smallest espresso machines you can find in the market, but its value is one of the largest.
Like all Tassimo, the Bosch T12 allows you to prepare several drinks in addition to coffee, making it ideal for small homes or work centers, where it will be used by many different people.
Do not worry, it is impossible to mix the flavors of the different drinks, because it has an automatic cleaning and descaling system that is activated after each use.
Thanks to the T-Disc capsules with barcode, it is automatic and stops only when the coffee (or chocolate or tea) is right at its point of temperature, quantity and intensity, to facilitate the elaboration of your drink. However, the mechanism does not respond well to white label capsules: something to keep in mind.
It takes very little to heat, you can prepare your coffee in seconds, even the first cup of the day. In addition, its small size does not limit its capacity, as it has a water tank of 0.7 liters.
The support for the container of the Bosch Tassimo T12 is adjustable in height, so you can use your favorite cup without juggling to prevent coffee from falling out of the base.
Dolce Gusto belongs to Nestlé and all their coffee machines work in a similar way, so this De Longhi Piccolo does not clash.
The most significant difference between models is that it is manual (you have to stop the machine) or automatic (it stops only when the coffee is ready). Obviously, the most basic and economical models are limited to the manual option.
The rest of the differences between coffee makers is, above all, aesthetic. And, in terms of design, Dolce Gusto are very attractive, with soft rounded lines and bold colors.
The Piccolo model is one of the simplest and best known of the brand, also the most economical. This implies, as we have said, that it is of the manual models and you need to be aware when you prepare the coffee. It has a deposit of 0.6 l.
In addition to coffee alone, you can also do it with milk, or chocolate, cold drinks and infusions, so it suits the tastes of many users.
In this case, you can find compatible capsules (from white label manufacturers) with this De Longhi Dolce Gusto Piccolo, a little cheaper than the original ones.
Philips is the manufacturer of Senseo coffee makers, which are used with Marcilla coffee. This tandem gives rise to the fundamental difference of the Senseo compared to other espresso machines, and they do not use disposable capsules.
Instead of using plastic or aluminum, Senseo capsules are actually biodegradable single-dose.
This, in turn, has two positive impacts: one, that less waste is generated by coffee (you don’t have to pick up a plastic or aluminum capsule); and second, the pods are cheaper than the capsules, so in the long run you get more profitable coffee.
Currently there are many white label manufacturers that offer them, so you have a choice, beyond the original Marcilla.
The Philips Senseo Original XL has a deposit of 1’2 l, larger than usual in espresso machines, so you can make more preparations without having to refill. In addition, it allows you to make one or two cups of coffee simultaneously, although if you make two cups remember to include two pods or a watery drink will remain.
This model (and his little sister, with a deposit of 0’7 l) is very popular in Europe. There are users who have been using it daily for years, which guarantees its resistance and longevity.
Due to its durability and the cost for coffee, we can conclude that the value for money of the Philips Senseo Original is one of the most adjusted in the market.
The best espresso machine: De Longhi Magnifica
The Italian manufacturer relies on all its experience to develop one of the best pressure coffee machines on the market, the super-automatic DeLonghi Magnificent.
A mid-high-end coffee maker that includes features that justify its price:
- The double hopper that allows you to use ground and grounded coffee: so that you can enjoy the full strength of an espresso coffee even if you drink decaf, this option does not have many coffee makers, and we love it!
- The integrated automatic grinder: freshly ground coffee every morning, in the right amount for your cup, in which you can adjust the grinding so that it is just to your liking.
- The options for personalizing your coffee: in addition to the thickness of the grinding, with the 13 programs that the grinder incorporates, you can choose a long, medium or short coffee, mild or strong aroma, more or less high temperature … Because, despite Being automatic, allows you to manually adjust every detail of your drink.
In short, an extraordinary option to get your coffee at home without going crazy with all the options of a manual espresso machine. Of course, prepare the portfolio, because if you want functionality, you have to pay it.
The best Nespresso capsule coffee maker: Nespresso Pixie
Go ahead that we also like the Krups coffee maker, and it is good value for money.
However, our recommendation is the Nespresso Pixie for several reasons:
- Because coffee comes out great. If the raw material is of quality, you will get a coffee with cream and an aroma that will put you in a good mood in the morning.
- Because you can use big cups. It is perhaps one of the points that convince us least of the Ksen Essenza, and that the Pixie solves easily. The drip base folds so you can put your bowl of coffee with milk, and you don’t have to stain an extra glass.
- Because the deposit is large and comfortable. 0.7 liters that you can fill without having to take out the tank to put it under the tap.
- Because she is very pretty. The metallic touch, available in several colors, looks in any kitchen. The Nespresso Pixie has a great and functional design, it does not take up much … and if it does it is to attract attention in a positive way.
We find it hard to get some but this coffee maker, which perfectly meets what is expected of a Nespresso machine.
It is a bit noisy, something you should keep in mind especially if you are one of those who get up early and want coffee when the rest of the house has not risen. Anyway, it is a common feature of this type of appliances: you will not find any completely silent.
The best cheap coffee maker: Dolce Gusto Piccolo
Although the king of the market is undoubtedly Nespresso, there are other brands that fulfill their mission equally well, and this is the case of De Longhi Dolce Gusto Piccolo.
Because it has a series of characteristics that make it a more than right choice:
- An excellent value for money, because without exceeding € 100 (without having the offers you can find) it performs its function with a note.
- It has a multi-drink option, which allows you to prepare other drinks, in addition to coffee: in the market you will find chocolate capsules, coffee with milk, infusions … So you can use it for the whole family (or all of the office). And this includes cold drinks!
- It is compact, much smaller than other models of the same family, but that does not detract from one iota of power. You have practically the same functions as in other Dolce Gusto, but in less space.
If you have to find a catch, it would be that it is manual; that is, it does not stop when it finishes making coffee, but it must be turned off. This function does have other Dolce Gusto of higher range, but of course, you have to pay for it. You decide if it compensates you.
If you prefer the automatic version.
Here you have a comparison table with the best espresso machines on the market, so you can compare at a glance.Note: if you use the mobile, move the table with your finger to see all the columns.
Gaggia Classic Pro
Dolce Gusto Piccolo
Senseo Original XL
Guide to buy your espresso machine
Espresso coffee enthusiasts have endless options to prepare their favorite beverage.
This, in fact, is done by a lot of very different coffee machines: you can use an Italian, French, American, Napoletana, express, automatic, semi-automatic, plunger coffee maker, with self-cleaning, heats milk, single-dose, with lime detector, or coffee makers that also make infusions.
Tranquility! Choosing is simpler than it seems, you just have to decide what your priority is when making coffee.
Features to consider when choosing your coffee maker
- Pubs. Are bars important? Yes and no. The bar is the measure of pressure with which water passes through coffee. The right pressure to get a perfect espresso is 9 bars. This is what you will find in most coffee shops, or at least those that get a rich and creamy coffee. If so, why are there coffee makers that have up to 20 bars? Because in a domestic coffee maker there are many “vanishing points” through which the pressure can escape. Professional machines are used in hospitality, which maintain pressure independently of other factors, such as water flow. In a home the pump is vibratory, and it does influence the flow of water: the more flow, the less pressure it is able to send. Hence, many apply a higher pressure, to make sure you get those 9 bars that you need the perfect coffee.That doesn’t mean it’s the only factor you have to look at in a coffee maker, not even the most important. A 20-bar coffee maker can achieve the same effect of another with much less, if the latter is well adjusted. It also controls the quality of coffee or water, the thickness of grinding or pressing on the filter (if you don’t use capsules). Based on trial-error you will find the perfect recipe for your tastes.
- Milk vaporizer If yours is latte coffee, surely you love that little foam that is created on the top of the cup. To get it you need a vaporizer, because that foam is nothing more than steam bubbles that make the milk “sponge”. Most traditional espresso coffee makers have a vaporizer on one side: a tube from which steam comes out – take care not to burn – that you put in a jug of milk. Serve it with a touch of wrist and you will get that nice texture. Other coffee makers, such as Nespresso, include a gadget with the same objective. It is an electric jug that does not use steam, but heats and whips the milk at the same time, until bubbles are obtained. The result is almost equal to the traditional vaporizer.
- Grinder. If you use capsules this section does not interest you much, because you will have to settle for coffee as it is prepared as standard (unless you prepare your own refillable capsules). If not, there are coffee makers that have a refillable grinder. Ideally, you can regulate the grinding intensity. Normally, finer is better, but personal tastes come into play here. You better try what convinces you the most.
- Automatic coffee maker vs. Handled. As always, comfort comes at a price. If you prepare your coffee manually, controlling every step of the way and monitoring the intensity and “length” of the coffee, it will go completely to your liking. However, there are those who comply with the quality of the standard, and prefer to forget the subject and give it a simple button. Even so, more and more automatic espresso machines include certain customization schedules, for example, in the amount of water for a long or short coffee, or in the power of the grinder.
- Variety of capsules. If capsule coffee is your thing, you basically have two types: Nespresso and all the others. Nespresso is focused on coffee, and they have a wide variety of options in the market, either because of the origin of the coffee or the complete mixture, aromatization, etc. If you want a coffee with milk, for example, you should add it after using the coffee maker. If you really like other hot drinks, such as coffee with milk, chocolate or infusions, you may need to evaluate other brands of capsules that offer more preparations in this line.
How do you make good espresso coffee?
To make an espresso, a limited amount of boiling water is put under pressure through the fine and compressed grinding coffee, and an intense coffee with a tasty golden brown crown is obtained almost instantly.
The most purist experts consider that preparing an espresso is a ritual that combines art and technique. And as every ritual has its own rules:
- Minimum amount of coffee per cup: between 7 and 8 grams
- Water temperature: varies from 88 to 92ºC
- Minimum water pressure (when it passes through grinding): ideally, 9 bars.
- Preparation time: between 20 and 30 seconds
All this seems too complicated for a simple coffee right?
For that we have a lot of machines that will automatically adjust all these variables, so you only have to worry about enjoying your coffee.
Any coffee maker you choose should heat the water, generate the right pressure and mark the right amount of grinding. However, not all do it at the same time, spend the same electricity, cost the same or clean the same. Of course, you don’t get the same result either.
So think well about how you like coffee and what budget you have and choose the best espresso machine for you.
What types of espresso machines are in the market?
Although only the pressure coffee machines that we have analyzed in this article are considered as “express”, since they prepare coffee very quickly, there are other types of coffee machines that were already used long before.
1. Italian coffee maker or moka
This is the coffee machine that we all have or have had at home, the one of a lifetime.
It is a coffee maker in two bodies. A lower one where the water is introduced and a funnel-shaped pan is placed with the ground coffee and a superior body to which the water rises when it boils, infusing the grinding.
The pressure is very low (approximately 1.5 bar), so it takes a long time to filter all the water through the ground coffee, but its best virtue is the simplicity of its use and the little it occupies.
And of course, its price: you can find them from $7, although depending on the manufacturing material or the manufacturer, they can exceed $ 100.
The taste of coffee depends on the amount of grinding and pressing in the pan. As always, that the raw material is of quality is essential to achieve a good final result.
In addition, there are sizes for all tastes, from one cup to 12, although the most common are those of 6 cups.
Of course, reheated coffee is no longer the same, so choose the size you really need. It is preferable that you prepare a second coffee maker if you have been wanting more.
2. French or plunger coffee maker
Also quite popular and economical, although the manufacturing process is a bit longer than in an Italian coffee maker. But not much else, neglect.
It is a cylindrical container, usually of glass, in which the ground coffee is poured and, on this, the almost boiling water. This “almost” is important: if you add the boiling water, you can “burn” the grind and the result will be bitter coffee.
The lid (which has a metal filter) is placed on top, and after allowing to infuse 3 or 4 minutes, the plunger is lowered slowly, pushing the ground coffee to the bottom. The grinding should not be too fine, to prevent it from penetrating the filter.
As it is an infusion brew, if you want a coffee with a body, choose an intense variety that prevents it from being too soft espresso.
And in terms of price and maintenance, the most economical and simple. For $ 10 you can have your coffee maker and to clean it, you can put it in the dishwasher without problem. We also recommend that you occasionally disassemble the filter to clean it thoroughly.
3. American or drip coffee maker
The typical American movie coffee maker, surely you’ve seen it a thousand times, that glass jug with which the cups of the coffee shop customers fill again and again.
The truth is that we should not include it as an espresso machine, because in reality there is no pressure proper, but we explain it to you because it is very practical and easy to use.
The machine has a water tank that, when heated, passes through the filter that contains the grinding (usually made of paper), dropping dropwise into a jar and thus infusing the coffee. If the grinding is very thick, the water does not get to soak it completely and the final coffee will have a watery taste.
The jug is placed on a resistance that keeps the coffee warm continuously, which makes it not especially rich after overheating several times.
In fact, the coffee of these coffee makers is even despised by the most demanding baristas, but they have a great advantage: they are very practical. We must not be aware of them and can even be programmed so that the coffee is ready just when we need it. Who doesn’t like to wake up with the smell of fresh coffee?
There are really cheap models, and you can have your coffee maker from $ 15. Just remember not to be very demanding with the taste.
4. Capsule coffee maker
Although they exist since the 80s, the revolution of the single-dose capsule espresso machines jumped in the early years of the 21st century, from the hand of Nespresso (and George Clooney, of course, What else?).
They are very, very simple to use, because you just have to put the capsule you want, press the button and your coffee is ready in seconds. It is the favorite option of offices and work centers, because they occupy little and their cleaning and maintenance have zero complications and also allows to adapt to all tastes, because there are many capsules of different flavors and intensities in the market.
And this is where the trick is to get your bearings with these express machines: you have to look at the capsules.
5. Espresso Machines
We start with the main words: these coffee makers are the ones that resemble those of bars and coffee shops, but in their domestic choice.
What they do is heat the water so it reaches a lot of pressure and pass it through the pan with the filter where the coffee is. This pan is usually in a filter holder with a characteristic arm, which is rotated to fit and tighten it in the coffee maker. The result is a creamy, intense and full-bodied coffee, living up to the demands of the most coffee growers.
In addition, many models incorporate a vaporizer tube to heat the milk and to add a good layer of foam on your espresso coffee, if you wish.
They are increasingly popular, so there are numerous models to choose from. Let’s go to the mess:
- Automatic espresso machines: the easiest to use because they do practically everything alone. Even put the coffee in the filter, because they include an automatic grinder that grinds the right amount of coffee you need for each brew. This implies, of course, that you should use coffee beans. This can be a problem for those who want to control the entire coffee process in detail, because you will not be able to modify the amount of coffee or the pressure, except in models with exorbitant prices. To consider when choosing one of these machines is the quality of the grinder. The better grinder, the more expensive the coffee maker will be. High-end models allow you to regulate the quality and level of grinding and dose the amount of coffee per cup (between 7 and 8 grams). The biggest handicap when choosing one of these coffee machines is their cost: even the simplest models do not usually lower than $ 100 and the most pro can exceed $ 1000. But yes: the espresso that you are going to drink is really good (if you use a good quality coffee beans) and doing so is going to cost the least effort.
- Manual espresso machines: they allow you to control all the brewing, because you choose the coffee, the quantity, you press it as much as you want and you decide the exact amount of water or milk that you add. That is, you have to take care of everything, which can be an advantage, if you are an exquisite coffee maker, or a disadvantage, if you do not have much time to dedicate, but if you are a demanding barista, it is your option, without a doubt . The one that allows you to be everything you want with your coffee. In addition, they are cheaper than automatic ones, which is another point in their favor. There are manual models that can also work with coffee beans and even single dose capsules. Aesthetically they are very attractive and are usually made of stainless steel and / or aluminum, which makes them very resistant and durable. Do not forget to look at the capacity of the water tank (to calculate how many coffees you can make without refilling it). Then you can look at the “accessories”: whether or not it includes the vaporizer tube for milk, automatic shutdown, water filter … If you can foam in the milk, you still dare to do some of these little works of art:
Obviously, the more functions the manual coffee machine incorporates, the more expensive it will be, but you can find quality machines for less than $ 100, an unthinkable price for an automatic one.
Types of capsules for espresso coffee
Because not all capsules are suitable for all machines. This, if you are not a staunch purist defender of a specific brand, can be a great limitation to unleash your fondness for caffeine.
Basically, there are 4 major manufacturers in the sector: Nespresso, Dolce Gusto, Tassimo and Marcilla Senseo. They are so powerful that there are manufacturers of household appliances that sell espresso machines compatible with any of these 4 capsules (DeLonghi, Krups, Philips …). Do not discard any of these other brands, because they usually have a great value for money.
But we go with the 4 main actors:
t is, without a doubt, the best known and also the one with the greatest variety of coffee capsules.
It belongs to the Nestlé group and is the one with the best brand image.
All Nespresso coffee machines work with the same capsules, regardless of the manufacturer. Water tanks, depending on the model, contain between 0.7 and 1.2 l.
Because of their design and their great investment in advertising, they have a reputation for faces, but this is not entirely true, since there are options for all budgets.
The original capsules are quite expensive and you can only get them in the official stores (online or physical). However, in most supermarkets there are already compatible capsules at a more affordable price.
Compared to other types of capsules, Nespresso has clearly positioned itself in the coffee market. There are no more combinations. If you want coffee with milk, infusions or chocolate, go to the next point.
Interestingly, it also belongs to Nestlé, but is focused on another sector and offers other benefits. One of the most attractive is that it is not limited to coffee capsules, but also chocolates, teas, cold drinks, coffee with milk … This feature makes it especially attractive for workplaces, because there is a wide range of drinks to satisfy all pleasures.
In addition, its cheaper options are even more accessible than the lower Nespresso range and you can purchase some basic model for less than $ 50.
Within the Dolce Gusto there are manual models (which you have to stop when you have the amount of drink you want) and automatic models (which stop alone, pre-selecting the amount and intensity of coffee you want). Actually, the quality of the final coffee is very similar, so the choice of a manual or automatic model is rather for economic reasons (the manuals are cheaper) or purely aesthetic.
Its biggest drawback derives from its great versatility: you can prepare many different drinks, so you will have to buy several packages until you get your own. Oh, and it has no deposit for used capsules! They must be removed by hand after each use.
It is a brand of the appliance manufacturer Bosch, which is already a guarantee in itself.
They have an important differentiating point, betting on technology: their capsules (called T-Disc) carry a barcode that is read by the coffee maker to prepare each drink with the right amount. So you should not be aware of the machine at all, which makes it very convenient to use. Although if you want to give “your touch” to coffee, you also have the option of manually adjusting the amount of coffee.
The best thing about Tassimo coffee makers is that they are really cheap. For less than € 30 you can have your coffee maker at home. It is also the one that offers the most variety of drinks (coffees, chocolates, infusions …), which gives it another positive point.
In return, the drawback: they do not have a deposit for used capsules and there are no compatible white markings.
It is a brand of the Philips manufacturer. Its main difference from the previous ones is that it uses Marcilla coffee pods (a kind of paper bags) instead of capsules. The second big difference is that they cost about half that of other espresso machines, and the single doses are also cheaper than the capsules.
They are not the machines that offer you the best quality coffee, but their elaborations have the best value for money.
In terms of design, all coffee makers are somewhat larger than those of other manufacturers, which gives them more stability than other models.
The ultimate function of a coffee maker is to say good morning every morning or finish a meal. But the number of models in the market can make the choice a bit complicated.
To make sure that you are right with your coffee maker, think in detail how you like coffee, how much time you normally use to do it and the budget you want to allocate to this appliance. There are those who just want their dose of caffeine, and there are those who really enjoy the ritual and the taste of excellent coffee.
The espresso machine that is perfect for your office can be a mess in your kitchen, and vice versa. So determine what you need at all times, prepare your favorite coffee and give Juan Valdés memories of us.