These days, there are more than a few ways to acquire a gourmet quality latte, and we’re not talking about café hopping either. Home espresso machines are all the rage in 2021. After all, 2020 taught us a lot about how to makeshift a remote work-friendly home that doubles as our safe little oasis – our happy place. That means waking up to the smell of freshly ground espresso beans and some motivation to get you going. This coffee-fueled energy might be the product of an old-school manual or pour-over style apparatus, or a highly intelligent, fully automatic espresso machine – complete with grinder.
Manual, Semi-Automatic, Fully Automatics – Fast Facts
Each of these beautifully crafted machines offer different advantages and sometimes what it comes down to for many is personal preference – although budget can of course play an important role when it comes to investing in a home espresso machine. To break it down, here are some fast facts to help you along in the decision-making process:
– Manual espresso machines are far more labour intensive than fully automatics or even semi-automatics, though often the most inexpensive option. They are not recommended for espresso novices, but experienced and practiced home espresso enthusiasts. Additionally, you will need to purchase a separate grinder to go with your manual machine.
– Semi-automatics are a good middle ground as far as labour, however many of these machines are catered to commercial use and professional handling, meaning they are often more durable, offer a greater drink output and a longer lifespan – making them generally more expensive and less suitable for home use. They are not usually fitted with a built-in grinder.
– Fully automatics are the gold standard for both residential and commercial use in certain settings such as bustling restaurants and corporate offices. They most often feature a built-in grinder and various drink options with none of the heavy lifting. They are created to be highly user-friendly and promise café-quality taste with the press of a button. These machines range in price depending on drink output needs, special features and general aesthetic, although the vast majority of fully automatic espresso machines are as slick as they sound, shining as if under a spotlight on any countertop.
Of course, there are multiple factors involved when it comes to your choice of espresso machine. However, we do recommend that you consider an appliance with a grinder built in, as this additional cost can sometimes make budget-buying a machine without this valuable feature counterproductive.
There are so many options out there with regard to fully automatic espresso machines equipped with built-in grinders and capabilities you’d have to see to believe. The ingenuity of brands like Jura has home espresso enthusiasts titillated with excitement over these latest and greatest specialty coffee machines.
At Quality Coffee Systems, we offer an array of trusted brands which produce reliable, durable, and most importantly, gourmet beverage-making magic – all in the comfort of your own home. If you’re exploring your options, feel free to browse our selection or contact us to learn more about our impressive office and home-geared espresso machines.
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