Gone are the days when coffee drinkers were satisfied with drip-brewed Robusto that’s been sitting on a warming plate for hours on end. As a culture we’ve developed a sophisticated taste for coffee, presumably with many thanks to the influence of organizations like Starbucks, Whole Foods, and Nespresso. These days people like premium quality coffee and they like to have their choice in roast, flavor, and preparation. If you’re truly aiming to please you’d be wise to outfit your home with an espresso maker to round out the options.
Without even getting started, you’re probably well aware that espresso machines range from incredibly simple to extremely complex (and correspondingly, relatively affordable to prohibitively expensive). While you might be tempted to jump right onto the Nespresso bandwagon, I’d highly recommend taking a look at some of the alternatives. In this article, I hope to shed some light as to why.
Why I Recommend a Super Automatic Espresso Machines
Super automatic espresso machines are the unsung heroes in the realm of consumer-grade coffee makers. They handle absolutely every part of the equation when it comes to making a reliably and repeatably delicious cup of espresso. This includes grinding the beans, loading and tamping the grinds, and concocting an absolutely perfect brew using the exact settings you’ve chosen. They can save recipes so that you can recall them by simply pushing a button. Then just watch and wait as your espresso is prepared before your eyes.
Another beauty of super automatic espresso machines is that you are not stuck to using the pre-fabricated pouches of grinds like you are with the Nespresso and similar devices. You can choose whatever bean you wish, and it will be freshly ground just before it’s time for brewing. This means you’re in control, rather than the company selling you coffee pods at an exorbitant markup. Moreover, think of the amount of waste these coffee pods produce. Caring for the environment is more important than ever, and you don’t want your friends and family thinking you have reckless tendencies. With a super automatic espresso machine you can simply compost your grinds when you’re done brewing, and as long as you’re not using a paper cup to drink out of there is virtually no waste.
What’s more, if you take a look at some of the best super automatic espresso machines you’ll see that essentially all of them come with a premium grade steam wand that produces rich, velvety milk foam so that you can make lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and more. Some of the Nespresso devices may also boast these features, and while they can produce a good and consistent cup of joe they tend to lack in performance when it comes to their steam wands.
So, What Should You Get For Your Home?
At the end of the day, it all comes down to your personal preferences and your budget. If you’re really looking for a high quality product that makes a barista level cup of espresso in a completely hands-off matter, you really can’t do anything better for your home than going with a super automatic espresso machine. Your friends and family will love you for it, and if you’re a coffee drinker you’ll love yourself for it too.
It’s understandable, though, if you really think something more pre-packaged is right for you. You might be able to find a Nespresso knock-off that is a relatively good price, or perhaps a stripped-down authentic model that will make you a decent cup. Just don’t set your expectations too high. You’re going to be locked into the quality standards set by that particular manufacturer, combined with those set by the manufacturer of the coffee pods that you use to supply it. If you have it in the budget though, I’d highly recommend going the extra mile and opting for something that’s a bit higher in quality.