Espresso is a concentrated decoction “pulled” from an espresso machine. Enjoy a “shot” of espresso as itself, i.e., a flavourful, robust infusion topped with crema. Or used it to create other beverages like cappuccino, latte, etc. A shot is made by passing hot water at 200°F at 9-13 bars of pressure through ground coffee in 25 to 30 seconds. The process is called “pulling a shot”. The secret of a good espresso is the “crema”.
It is the aerated brown froth that is formed due to the soluble solids and oils extracted from the coffee grounds. These oils and solids lend the alluring aroma and flavour to the espresso. A quick extraction process gives a fuller flavour and longer aftertaste with the extra benefit that cuts down the caffeine content. We have also written a complete guide about the best expresso machines under 500.
How to Enjoy an Espresso?
Espresso is served in shots. Each shot measures approximately an ounce, i.e., around 30 ml. A double shot is called double espresso or doppio. Espresso is served in demitasse cups or the small white cups you see in the baristas that hold 2 – 4 ounces of espresso. Baristas serve espresso, doppio and lungo. Even though called “shots” the these are not meant to be gulped like tequila but sipped. This prolongs your enjoyment of its fuller richer flavour.
Here Is How You Can Enjoy Your Espresso Machine
The espresso is an ideal base for mixing diverse kinds of beverages and desserts. The full flavour and aroma of the coffee only add to the personality of the drink. You could add steamed milk or top it with full cream or enhance your ice-creams and drinking chocolate. For an oriental spice, you can crush in some cardamom or dust it with cinnamon.
You can get as creative as your taste buds like but here is the first base. Start with known recipes on commercial menus. Perfect the espresso, lungo and doppio. Then move on to the classic espresso drinks like; Caffe Americano which is a shot of espresso topped with hot water to fill a six-ounce cup. Or make a Caffe Breve; which is espresso with a steamed half and another half.
A Caffe Latte is a double espresso topped with steamed milk and its frothy foam filled to the top. The Cafe Au Lait & Cafe con Leche is an espresso shot with sweetened milk minus the foam. Cafe Noisette is espresso with a little bit of cream. A Cappuccino is a single espresso with equal parts steamed milk topped with frothed milk.
If you come across an Espresso con Panna on a menu, it is espresso topped with swirls of whipped cream. The Espresso Macchiato is a single or double espresso shot topped with a dollop of heated and texturized milk. The Flat White is a shot of espresso with a double shot of steamed milk minus the foam. The Latte Macchiato Aka Long Macchiato is half a shot or less of espresso topped up with steamed milk.
The modern additions to the above list are; Mocha Latte or Caffe Mocha; it is a double espresso with a layer of steamed milk, chocolate and foam. A Dirty Chai is a shot of espresso with chai tea made of steamed milk. The Flavoured Latte is a double espresso topped with steamed milk, foam, topped with a flavouring powder or syrup. The Quad is four shots of espresso while the Red Eye is a cup of brewed coffee topped with a shot of espresso. You could also try espresso with liquors and martinis.
Types of Espresso Machines
Now that we have discussed several types of drinks you can make from an espresso shot. Let us get to know the types of Espresso Machines.
The Manual Espresso Maker requires you to put in some work into making the espresso. But the extra work lets you control every aspect of the process. And if you get everything right you will get a perfect shot, this takes practice. Most manual machines have a lever. Some have a spring piston while others have a direct press lever, the latter requires more work. These machines serve a dual purpose – as a decoration due to their attractive design and functionality. That is, it produces excellent tasting and high-quality espresso with thick crema.
Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine has an electric pump. These machines give a mix of control like the manuals and are easier to use. There are various models with different benefits. The semi-automatics are they are easy to operate and give more control besides ensuring tasty shots.
Fully Automatic Espresso Maker has an electronic pump and water heater that automatically delivery a certain volume of hot water at the right pressure making you a perfect espresso.
Super Automatic Espresso Machine takes care of everything. Right from grinding the beans, to tamping them into the filter, dispensing water at the right temperature and pressure. To extracting the espresso and keeping it warm till you are ready. The super automated machines do this just at a press of a button with programmable settings and self-clean features.
The Seven Must-Haves on Your Espresso Machine
You need the right conditions to make that perfect espresso. Most machines have features that take care of the following parameters.
Temperature is a critical factor to brew the right coffee which is between 195-205F. If you go higher than this range, you burn the coffee and if lower the improper extraction will give a flat taste. After the coffee is brewed the temperature is a matter of taste. Thus, the carafe comes with three temperature settings – regular, hot, extra-hot.
Pressure is another crucial factor and should be between 9 – 13 bars. The coffee grounds are infused with hot water. Then pressure is applied to squeeze out all the goodness. The crema is the elixir from this extraction process.
Time is of utmost importance in the extraction process. If you shorten the extraction time you will not have all the dissolved solids and oils that were so carefully developed by roasting. While over-extraction dissolves undesirable solids such as bitter alkaloids and higher content of caffeine. Ninety percent of soluble solids are extracted in the initial 30 – 60 seconds of the brewing process. Most coffee makers are set to this standard.
Grind Size of coffee should be like grains of sand. This helps to soak the grounds better and reduces the extraction time.
Brew Strength is measured in Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) of 11.5-13.5 grams per litre. And known as the Golden Cup Standard by Specialty Coffee Association(SCA). The coffee makers have three settings regular, bold and robust or strong. The regular brew takes up to 30 seconds to brew. The bold and robust takes longer and are progressively bitter than the regular.
Water should be fresh and odourless. It should not have chlorine with an acceptable range of 75-250 ml of Total Dissolved Solids(TDS). The hardness should be around 17 mg per litre of calcium and 10mg per litre of sodium. The alkalinity should be close to 40 mg per litre or in a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5. The built-in water filters help achieve this standard to make the best brew.
The Filter in the holder is the site of the extraction process. The filter holds the grounds while the water is sprinkled on it. The grounds soak and swell, dissolving the solids and oil. Then the pressure is applied to squeeze out the crema.
TOP 15 BEST ESPRESSO MACHINES UNDER 200
|1. Mr Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
||ne-touch control panel for drink selections||$$$||4.8|
|2. Breville Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine Bundle with Aeroccino Milk Frother
||range of 12 single serve coffee capsules||$$$||4.7|
|3. Insignia Espresso Machine by De’Longhi
||Power rating (in watts): 1260 Watt||$$$||4.7|
|4. Breville Nespresso Essenza Mini Original Espresso Machine
||14 capsules with unique aroma profiles||$$||4.6|
|5. Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System
||Built-In frother to brew||$$||4.6|
|6. Gourmia GCM7000
||19-bar electromagnetic pump||$$$||4.5|
|7. Breville Nespresso Pixie Original Espresso Machine
||0.7 litre or 24 fluid ounces water reservoir||$$$||4.5|
|8.DeLonghi Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker
||can hold 6-11 used capsules||$$$||4.4|
|9. CISNO Electric Portable Espresso Machine
||contains a 12V Car Charger, an AC Adaptor||$$$||4.3|
|10. Gourmia GCM5100
||two capsule inserts||$$$||4.3
|11. Aicook Espresso Machine
||energy-saving machine stops automatically||$$$||4.2|
|12. Cuisinox Roma 6-cup Stainless Steel Stovetop Moka Espresso Maker
||capacity of making 6 cups or approximately 9 ounces of coffee||$$$||4.1|
|13. Hamilton Beach 40792
|14. De’Longhi Pump Espresso EC702
||44-fluid ounce water reservoir||$$$||4.0|
|15. Kohi Plus Pressopump Cordless Espresso Maker
This model comes from Mr Coffee which is a registered trademark of the Newell Brands founded in the 1970s.
Design and Build
This is a Semi-automatic three-in-one cafe machine. It requires 1040 Watts of power that is used to produce 15 bars of pressure, heat and froth the water and milk. There is a removable water reservoir at the back.
The milk reservoir fits into a niche in front of the machine. There is a knob that lets you select the Latte function to dispense flat milk or the Cappuccino function that dispenses the froth. Turning the milk wand to the left opens it while retracting it shuts off. The reservoir is detachable to store away in the fridge to keep the milk fresh.
Both the reservoirs are dishwasher safe. There is a stand/pedestal on the detachable base to fit the milk reservoir into the machine. This pedestal houses another stand that can be pulled out to adjust the height of the cup to the level with the milk wand. There is another draining tray underneath to accommodate taller cups.
The panel shows the three functions – Espresso, Cappuccino and Latte. The Espresso can be customized to dispense a single or a doppio. The Cappuccino can be served with a single or double top-up of froth. The Latte can be a short or a long; the same button can be used to “Clean” the machine. You can also select between an auto and manual setting.
Mr Coffee not only makes the Latte, Cappuccino and Espresso via the automatic settings you can experiment with the manual ones too. The package includes a recipe book to inspire the cuisine artist in you.
As one shot is one ounce your machine can make 40 shots of espresso on one water reservoir. The milk reservoir holds 6 fluid ounces.
The package includes two filters, one portafilter, a measure cum tamper, a milk reservoir and water reservoir. There are a recipe booklet and a limited one-year warranty.
Why is it the best of the lot?
Mr Coffee has an automatic mode, that makes single or double shots of espresso, froth and latte. The manual mode lets you perfect your Latte art. It is also an easy machine to maintain due to its two auto clean features – one cleans the machine while the other cleans the frother in the milk dispenser. The cup trays are perforated keeping the surface dry. All the detachable parts are dishwasher safe. This ensures fresh-tasting coffee every time.
Breville brings you the Nespresso Vertuoline espresso machine with Aeroccino Milk Frother. Breville is an Australian brand that makes innovative appliances. These appliances make your time in the kitchen a pleasure and the results perfect, every time. They partner with Nespresso Vertuoline to bring you this coffee maker that brews authentic espresso with luxurious crema.
Design and Build
The Vertuo espresso maker uses the patented Centrifusion extraction technology. Just insert the capsule in the port and shut the lever. This activates the centrifuge that speeds up to 7,000 rotations per minute. This not only blends the ground coffee but also extracts the solids and oils to make you the perfect crema. The Breville uses a Laser class 1 product for an intelligent extraction system.
The system reads the barcode on the rim to recognise each capsules blend to adjust the brewing parameters of the machine accordingly. The elegance of the design is that it does all this at a touch of a single button. After a simple one-touch brewing process the Grand Cru is automatically ejected. The pre-heating time is just 15-20 seconds. As this machine makes 3 cup sizes there are three adjustable positions.
The Breville creates an exceptional barista-grade single serve coffee or espresso at the touch of a button. These machines accept Nespresso VertuoLine capsules only.
This Breville makes single serve cups at a touch of a button. It can make an espresso which is 1.35 oz., a double espresso which is 2.7 oz. or a gran lungo which is 5 oz. And it can make a coffee which is 7.7 oz. and alto of capacity 14 oz. There is a complimentary gift with each Breville to get you started a Nespresso VertuoLine Grands Crus kit with 12 single-serve capsules each with a unique aroma profile. Eight of these are 7.77 oz and four are 1.35 oz.
The Breville Bundle includes a The Aeroccino 3 milk frother a Nespresso VertuoLine Grands Crus kit and Nespresso Assistance with a 1-year warranty.
De’Longhi is an Italian manufacturer of a premium range of home and comfort appliances. They bring you patented technology in partnership with Nespresso.
Design and Build
The Inissia by De’Longhi is a smart, compact lightweight machine with a small footprint. There are two buttons at the top of the machine to select an espresso or lungo. The back of the machine holds a water reservoir that feeds the water heater and pump. The water heats up in 25 seconds and the pump produces 19 bars of pressure to extract the decoction.
There is a hatch to the front that opens using an ergonomic handle to feed the Nespresso capsules. The hot water infuses the contents of the capsule and the pressure extracts the goodness into your cup. There is a set of 16 Grand Crus of individual tastes and aromas as a welcome kit. This Nespresso System is meant to deliver the unique tastes and aromas of coffees from around the world. Thus, to prolong their life and freshness they are hermetically sealed in recyclable aluminium capsules.
The energy saving mode switches off the machine automatically if it is idle for 9 minutes. There is a folding tray that accommodates diverse sizes of mugs and glass. The Aeroccino 3 milk frother foams milk cold when you press the button once. A double press turns on the heater in the frother and the indicator light turns from blue, i.e., cold to red for hot.
Inissia by De’Longhi comes with a one-touch setting for espresso and lungo. It is specially designed for the Nespresso capsules. These hermetically sealed capsules contain individual aromas. They come as a bundle of 16 Nespresso Grand Cru and the Aeroccino 3 milk frother. It makes froth from hot or cold fresh milk froth in a jiffy.
The Inissia by De’Longhi makes 9 single-serve cups of coffee on a 24 oz. tank.
The box contains the Aeroccino 3 Frother, a Welcome pack of 16 Nespresso Grands Crus, an Instruction booklet and Information folder. The machine is supported with a 2-year warranty after registration on the company website.
From the company that made the first sandwich maker, here is another innovative product in your service. Breville partnered with Nespresso to bring you this revolution in the world of coffee lovers.
Design and Build
The Essenza Mini is a compact machine with rounded edges and small footprint. It serves two programmable cup sizes – 40ml of espresso and 110 ml lungo. This minimalist machine combines the Nespresso quality to create a perfect cup of coffee. The hatch at the top of the machine accepts the Vertuo capsule. The water reaches the optimum temperature in 25 seconds and pre-soaks the contents of the capsule. Then 19 bars of pressure are applied to the extract the coffee according to the program selected.
The machine goes into a low energy consumption mode within 3 minutes of standby and automatically shuts off after 9 minutes. The Mini is only 4.33 inches by 12.8 inches by 8.07 inches in width, height and depth, respectively. It weighs around 5 lbs with a water tank capacity of 20.29 fluid ounces or 0.6 litres. The used capsules fall into a bin behind the dispenser.
This Breville-Nespresso minimalist beauty is setting new standards in the world of espresso machines. The high-pressure pump and quick heat up combined with the crucible technology are producing professional quality results. Thus, each extraction serves a divine unctuous crema full of unique flavours and delicate aromas.
The Breville Nespresso Essenza Mini makes single serves of espresso and lungo on a 0.6-litre water reservoir. The 16 complimentary OriginaLine Capsules bring you different aromas and flavours of coffee from around the world. Using these recyclable aluminium capsules is an eco-friendly way to start your journey as a coffee connoisseur.
The Breville Nespresso Essenza Mini makes single-serve – 40ml of espresso and 110 ml lungo. The water tank capacity is 20.29 fluid ounces. And the bin can hold up to 5-6 used capsules before it needs emptying.
The Breville Essenza Mini comes with 16 OriginaLine capsules, an instruction booklet, an information folder and two-year warranty.
This system comes from SharkNinja formerly known as Euro-Pro Operating LLC. They are well-known for making kitchen appliances and vacuums under the brand name Ninja and Shark, respectively.
Design and Build
The Ninja CF112 is a pod-free coffee maker that serves hot and cold coffee. The Ninja comes with a thermal flavour extraction technology and an intelligent auto-iQ one touch. The Ninja serves Cafe Forte which is a full-bodied brew with a complex flavour. It also makes the Classic and Rich brew. Of these, the classic has a balanced flavour while the Rich is intense on the palate.
The Over-the-Ice feature brews fresh and hot over ice minus the watered-down flavour. The Ninja makes you an espresso or Au Lait i.e., with a few ounces of frothed milk. Try the indulgent speciality coffees from the super-rich concentrate. Layer the hot, cold and frozen layers to make barista-style beverages.
The Ninja Caddy keeps your coffee grounds fresh while holding the Coffee Bar needs. The Ninja 22 fluid-ounces Multi-Serve tumbler can hold hot and cold drinks. Ideal for iced coffee; it remains cold for a longer duration without condensation. The Ninja XL Thermal 22 fluid-ounces Multi-Serve travel mug keeps your coffee hot or cold.
While the size keeps you fuelled for a long time. The 14-fluid ounce Speciality Mug is ideal for daily use. This double -walled mug with a crystalline clarity has measuring marks for pouring ingredients for speciality brews.
The Ninja brings home the coffee house experience. You go pod-free and brew five brew types and four brew sizes. It can serve hot and cold, single and multi-serves. The machine comes with a multi-server tumbler.
There are three custom brews, namely; classic, rich and over ice and two signature brews – Cafe Forte and speciality. The custom brew sizes are single cup, extra-large, travel mug and the XL multi-serve. And the frother foams the milk hot or cold in your mug.
The Ninja comes with a measuring scoop, a built-in frother, a 22oz. tumbler, a recipe book and a one-year warranty.
Gourmia engineers cooking tools for a wholesome lifestyle. They design appliances such that every meal is a pleasure to make and serve. They believe in setting standards of performance, value and innovation.
Design and Build
The highlight of this machine is the four adapters that make this machine versatile. These adapters make it possible for the machine to accept coffee pods of all sizes from all the popular brands such as Dolce Gusto, Nespresso, K-Fee, Verismo. etc. You can also use the fresh grounds from your bean grinder.
The machine is easy to use – simply choose the right adapter from the hidden storage compartment. Fit it with your capsule and insert it into the drawer. The interface is easy to use with two programmable settings – espresso and lungo. The machine can be programmed to variable cup sizes and temperatures.
The E-Z Multi-Capsule Espresso Machine has a 19-bar electromagnetic pump that regulates the pressure to the maximum extraction of the richest espressos. The unit heats up quickly and goes into a standby mode to save energy. It has an adjustable drip tray to hold many sizes of cups. There is transparent removable 1-litre reservoir at the back of the machine. It is a UL-certified product this means it is a safe and energy-efficient appliance known for highest quality.
The E-Z Espresso Multi-Capsule Machine accepts coffee pods from your favourite manufacturer or fresh grounds. The signature CapsuleCentral System accepts all popular brands of espresso capsules. The machine adjusts the pressure accordingly. The machine has an adapter that functions like a portafilter for freshly ground coffee. The machine can brew multiple brew sizes at different temperatures.
The E-Z Espresso Machine has a tank capacity of 1 litre this means you can make approximately 33 shots of espresso without a refill.
The Gourmia E-Z Multi-Capsule Espresso Machine comes with 4 adapters and 2-year warranty after registration on the company website.
The Pixie, another tiny yet powerful little espresso machine by Breville. This machine brings Avant Garde design with advanced functionality to enhance your lifestyle.
Design and Build
The Pixie has a streamlined design and a tiny footprint. Besides, it brings you the reputed quality of Nespresso combined with cutting-edge technology patented by Breville. The one-touch button serves you an espresso or a lungo. These can be customized for cup volume and temperature. The 19-bar pump and the 25-second heat-up features unlock the delicate flavours and aromas to extract the rich crema.
The lights on the Pixie tells you what it is doing by blinking lights – the blue lights go on when you choose the cup size on top of the machine. While the red light on the side alerts you when you need to refill the water tank.
The Pixie is accompanied by a 16-crucible set of coffee blends from around the world. Choose your favourite flavours from these samples and Nespresso club is just a call away to refill your pantry. The Pixie is pre-programmed to make an espresso and a lungo at a press of a button.
The Breville Nespresso Pixie has a 0.7 litre or 24 fluid ounces water reservoir which will make you around 23 cups of espresso. The 1160 watts pump exerts 19 bars of pressure and heats up in 25 seconds to serve you an espresso or a lungo expressly. It has two programmable settings for an espresso and a lungo. This class A product automatically shuts off in 9 minutes to save power.
Such power from a tiny machine that occupies only 4.4 inches by 12.8 inches by 9.3 inches in width, depth and height, respectively. It weighs only 6.6 pounds. The used crucibles fall into the can below the hatch. It can hold up to 11 used capsules before it needs clearing.
The box with the Nespresso Pixie espresso machine contains an Instruction booklet, an Information folder and a Welcome pack of 16 Nespresso Grands Crus. There is also a 2-year warranty on the product.
De’Longhi’s motto is Better Everyday. They aim to achieve the motto through another excellent innovation the Nespresso VertuoPlus Espresso Maker.
Design and Build
A simple one-touch brewing process creates an exceptional cup of coffee. The Centrifusion Extraction Technology uses VertuoPlus capsules. This process spins the crucible at 7000 RPM to pre-soak the finest coffee grounds in hot water to release their freshness.
The VertuoPlus also uses an intelligent extraction process that reads the barcoded instructions on the rim of the crucible. This adjusts the machines brewing parameters to the selected Vertuo crucible. This means you get a perfect cup of joe without changing the settings. Thereafter the crucible is ejected into the bin below the portafilter. The bin can hold 6-11 used capsules before it needs emptying.
The cup tray can be adjusted in four positions to hold different cup sizes. The highest tray position is for the smallest – 1.35oz espresso, the middle position is for the 8oz. Coffee and the lowest position to hold the 14oz. Alto. You can also remove the tray to accommodate larger cups.
The Nespresso by DeLonghi comes with a complimentary gift of 16 Vertuo crucibles filled with coffees of unique profiles. The barcode technology reads the crucible in the port to modify the temperature and other conditions to extract the maximum flavour from the coffee. The pre-soak wets the coffee and the Centrifusion technology blends the grounds with water to extract the crema.
Nespresso by DeLonghi has a 40-fluid ounce reservoir. It brews single-serves and different cup sizes, at the touch of a single button. The espresso is 1.35 oz., the double espresso is 2.7 oz., the gran lungo is 5 oz., the coffee is 7.7 oz. and the alto measures 14 oz.
The Nespresso by DeLonghi comes with a Nespresso Vertuo Capsules Grand crus Tasting Box, a Smart-Start Folder and a User Manual. You can access the 2-year warranty after registering on the company website.
This portable espresso maker comes from CISNOTECH. This versatile little product can make your coffee on the go from the pods or fresh grounds.
Design and Build
The CISNO is made of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene(ABS). It is a thermoplastic resin. While the cup at the bottom is made of food grade plastic. The capsule is inserted in the bottom of the machine. While the water is poured into the container at the top. The heater in its bottom of this container heats the water up to 194°F or 90°C. The hot water percolates into the capsule to extract the crema at the pouring temperature of 158°F or 70°C. The automatic pump produces 15 bars of pressure to extract 1.35 oz. of crema from a capsule of any brand. If you use coffee grounds, then get a reusable stainless pod. If you use cool or tap water the Lithium battery will make you 3 cups of coffee. But if you use hot water it will brew you eighty plus cups instantly. The battery takes four hours to charge.
If you are a coffee connoisseur who also loves the outdoors. This portable single serve espresso maker is for you. The bullet-shaped body slides into a cup holder in your car or the bottle mesh on your backpack. The 12-volt charger can be used to power this coffee maker independent of the battery. This little machine makes at ideal gift for people on the move and espresso lovers.
The CISNO is a portable espresso maker makes single-serve espressos. It is 3.2 inches by 3 inches by 9.9inches in breadth, width and length. It fits into your backpack. If you use cold water the battery power will be used to heat the water to make 3 piping hot cups of espresso. If you use hot water, then the little sport will make 100 cups of an instant brew.
Besides the machine, the box contains a 12V Car Charger, an AC Adaptor, a User Manual and a year’s warranty.
Gourmia has been in the business of making daily cooking healthy, delicious, easy and pleasurable.
Their innovations not only perform they bring value to the money raising the lifestyle.
Design and Build
Gourmia GCM5100 is a one-touch, multi-capsule espresso and coffee machine. It accepts Nespresso and K-pods with adjustable brew temperatures. To make your cuppa select a Nespresso SmartCart or K-Cup using interchangeable inserts. Lift the lid to insert the capsule and close the lid.
Then let the automated BaristaBrain prepare your coffee. The BaristaBrain automatically adjusts the pressure for maximum extraction of crema. It is a 19 Bar Electromagnetic Pump that pulsates to prewet and then squeezes out the elixir from the grounds.
There are no complicated panels or dials just fully automated, precisely calibrated buttons to serve you coffee. After the coffee is prepared the eject and collect system collects 14 used capsules before it needs emptying. If you are feeling picky and want to customize your cup, then use the arrow controls to adjust the temperature and volume of your cup.
The adjustments are shown on the LED display. The other convenient feature is that the machine comes with a set of colour-coded cartridges. There is a multifunctional flip-down drip tray that accommodates all cup sizes from demitasse cups to your travel mug.
There is a panel to the side of the machine, pull down the ramp and fit in the frother. Fill it with fresh milk and let it whip you some fresh foam to top your drink.
The Gourmia GCM5100 lets you have it all. You can have a traditional single serve coffee or espresso. You can use the K-Cup or the Nespresso. The milk frother from Gourmia makes you delicious latte and cappuccinos.
The Gourmia GCM5100 has a 40-fluid ounce water reservoir that makes you approximately 38 cups of espresso shots. The revolutionary multi-capsule system is compatible with Nespresso and K-cup or similar capsules.
This ETL certified product comes with a 40 fluid ounces water reservoir, two capsule inserts, detachable tray, and a two-year limited warranty.
AICOOK is a brand or trademark of Changchun Chengji Technology CO. LTD. They are known for making the kitchen and other motorised appliances. This compact and modern design is easy to use and versatile.
Design and Build
The Aicook makes a wide selection of delicious beverages at a touch of a button or two. Just fill the 1.8-litre reservoir at the back and the 500 ml milk reservoir in the front. Switch on the machine it works at 120 volts using 1350 watts of power. Choose the filter and load it with coffee grounds. Tamp firmly using the measuring scoop. Then lock the portafilter into the group head. Let the machine run for a few seconds then place a cup on the drip tray. Use the panel to select your drink.
The Aicook comes has a one-touch operation through a digital screen. The machine extracts the crema applying 15 bars of pressure. Just press the keys on the panel and you will be served your favourite drink. The frothing wand makes excellent foamed milk for lattes and cappuccinos. The adjustable steam wand makes foam. If you would like some more froth in your drink them turn the froth control knob to the right and you will get more foam. This energy-saving machine stops automatically at the end of the brewing cycle and goes into a sleep mode after 25 minutes of inactivity.
This 15 Bar machine has a one-touch display that makes single shots and doppios. It makes a single or double cup cappuccino. A single or double cup latte and cleans itself after use at a press of the Clean button.
The Aicook has a 61.5oz or 1.8L water reservoir. It is easy to remove and fill or wash. One full reservoir can serve approximately 60 shots of espresso.
The Aicook comes with a plastic scoop cum tamp, a two spout-portafilter, a 500 ml milk reservoir and a 1.8-litre water reservoir. There are a removable drip tray and a two-year warranty.
Cuisinox’s motto is for the love of cooking. And they bring you exquisite premium-grade stovetop espresso coffeemakers. These are handcrafted with an elegant style. The 18/10 heavy gauge stainless steel construction is polished to a mirror finish.
Design and Build
Cuisinox brings you the classic Italian way of brewing espresso. The espresso makers design is elegant and practical. There is a lid, a top half and a bottom half. Just unscrew the bottom half and remove the reducer and the funnel. Next, fill it with cold water just below the level of the value. Then fill the funnel with coffee grounds and insert it into the mouth of the lower chamber. Then screw the upper half tightly. Do not use the handle for leverage.
Place this filter on the induction top and turn to maximum setting or medium-heat on an open flame. Ensure that the flame height does not rise above the sides of the pot. Wait till you hear the steam sound from the value. This is an indication that the espresso has risen into the upper reservoir, ready to be served. Simply pour the espresso using the spout in the upper reservoir. Let the coffee maker cool down before opening it to wash. Always wash it by hand this way you descale it and the polish is maintained. For a premium cup of coffee always use fresh filtered water.
The Cuisinox stove top coffee maker makes espresso that can be consumed as it is or used to make various coffee beverages. If you want to make less coffee fill the base halfway with water, place the funnel filter then insert the reducer. Put the coffee grounds on top of the reducer. This reduces the capacity for the grounds by half.
The Cuisinox stove top has the maximum capacity of making 6 cups or approximately 9 ounces of coffee.
The Cuisinox Roma Stovetop Moka Espresso Maker comes with an extra gasket and a reducer. The stainless-steel body has a lifetime warranty while the gasket has a two-year warranty.
Hamilton Beach believes in good thinking and this is reflected in their smart designs. They are a well-known brand of kitchen appliances.
Design and Build
The Hamilton Beach 40792 is a handsomely designed espresso and coffee maker with stainless steel accents. It has a removable water reservoir for easy refill and cleaning. There is an adjustable filter basket for single or double shots. The tamping tool presses the grounds. The smart machine accepts espresso pods and grounds. It comes with an easy two-step set up with a slide and patented lock technology. Simply switch on the machine and select an espresso or steam setting at the turn of a dial on the panel.
The double spout portafilter serves two cups at once or one large cup. There is a swivel steam wand to the left-hand side of the machine that can be pulled out to froth milk in the jug or your favourite cup. To switch off simply turn the dial to a neutral position. The top of the machine has a cup-warmer. There is a removable drip tray to adjust for cup heights and clean-ups.
The Italian pump exerts 15 bars of pressure to extract premium crema. There are indicator lights to inform you that the machine is ready and initialized for that function. To care for your machine let the machine cool then wipe down with a damp cloth. Next, detach all the removable parts and wash in warm soapy water. Rinse and leave them on the drain board to dry naturally.
The Hamilton Beach 40792 makes espresso that can be consumed neat or be used to create Latte art. There is a steam function that froths the milk in your favourite mug or in the jug. To create your cold beverages simply collect the decoction and chill then proceed with layering and mixing as usual.
The Hamilton has a 3-in-1 portafilter for a single shot, double shot, and espresso pods.
The unit comes with a plastic scoop and a tamper and a one-year warranty.
De’Longhi is an international brand that is well-known in 123 countries around the world. Their small appliances make our homes comfortable and cooking a pleasure.
Design and Build
With the De’Longhi EC702, the art of making espresso has been made simple. Extract every cup to your liking using the 15-bar pressure pump. Simply adjusting the controls let you make the modifications according to your taste. This three in one portafilter accepts a single shot, double shot or an easy serve espresso pod.
The double-spout portafilter serves two cups or one large cup. The manual frother on the side is to make rich creamy foam from fresh milk. There are two separate thermostats that heat the water to make steam for frothing and the other for cappuccino. The frother has a special chamber that mixes the steam with the milk to whip up that perfect smooth froth.
The machine is easy to use as the automatic flow stop dispenses the right amount of espresso while maintaining the ideal brew temperature. The rapid cappuccino system is self-priming thus maintains the machine at the right temperature. This means, no waiting between serves. The detachable water tank is easy to remove wash and refill. All the removable parts are dishwasher safe.
There is an automatic standby energy saving system. And the drip tray is removable to accommodate tall glasses. The non-drip design ensures that there is no mess to clean-up just excellent coffee to enjoy.
Brew your coffee like a professional with the De’Longhi EC702. You have a wide choice of single or double shots of espresso. These can be transformed into delicious cappuccinos and lattes using the manual forther.
The De’Longhi Pump Espresso EC702 is a 44-fluid ounce water reservoir that can make up to 40 shots of espresso. The 3 in 1 portafilter can be filled for single or a double shot and accept ESE pods.
De’Longhi Pump Espresso EC702 comes with a bottle of descaling liquid, a portafilter, a scoop and a one-year warranty.
Kohi Plus have a sole purpose of serving good coffee anywhere. They suggest live boldly, brew your coffee simply and drink it wherever you go. If you have wanted a no hassle, handheld espresso maker then Pressopump is for you.
Design and Build
The Pressopump is a commercial grade espresso maker that exerts 16 bars of pressure. Just add the coffee, fill the water and press the button the Kohi Plus will handle the rest. The outstanding features of the Pressopump are the automatic and consistent extraction under 2 minutes. The extraction can be used for cold beverages too. It makes excellent espresso with crema, body and heart.
The lightweight and compact design fits into bottle and cup holders. The body is made of ABS there is a 3-fluid ounce reservoir on the top to fill with water. Beneath it is a scoop that holds 8 grams of coffee grounds. The main body houses the 16-bar pressure pump. There is a filter basket. Pour the coffee grounds from the 8-gm scoop into this basket and tamp with is base.
Next screw on the outlet head, its function is to hold the basket in place. The decoction pours into the cup at the bottom. There is another cover that can double as the second cup. The point to be noted is that the grounds are filled by putting the press upside down. Then the water tank is filled with hot water and screwed on. Only then is the Pressopump turned the right side up. Within 25 seconds of pressing the button, the cup receives the decoction.
The Pressopump is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery. Due to the sleek portable lightweight design, it can be your travel companion. Besides, it makes a great gift.
The Pressopump yields 40 – 45 ml of espresso depending upon the grind.
The Kohi Plus Pressopump is accompanied by a measuring scoop, a cup, a filter basket, a USB charger, an instruction manual and a three-year warranty.