Tired of handing over all your cash to your local coffee shop? Sounds like it’s time to invest in some home coffee-making equipment.
An espresso machine should be your first port of call – after all, all coffee starts with a shot of espresso – but with so many on the market, the choice can be baffling.
Consider first how you would like to make your coffee: do you enjoy the convenience of pods, or do you revel in the opportunity to try out new coffee beans?
Do you have a grinder, will you use ready-ground or are you looking for a machine with bean-to-cup capacity?
Think about how much you’re willing to spend, too. Smaller, manual machines range from around £30 to 10 times that, with tech and spec increasing with the price.
You’ll also want to look at how much counter space you’re willing to surrender to your new toy; super slimline machines can be cute and compact for small households, while larger semi-pro models are available for those devoted to the barista life.
We’ve tried a whole host of espresso makers to find a range of styles, brewing methods, sizes and price points to help you fulfil your coffee machine dreams. In testing we were looking for ease of use, how the machine looked and ultimately for a great quality cup of coffee.
From mess-free pods to Fifties’s style machines and ultra-modern contraptions you can control with your phone, there’s an espresso machine for you.
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