Is it Worth Getting an Espresso Machine?
With the entire buzz around home espresso machines these days, it’s no wonder that many people are wondering if getting an espresso machine is right for them.
After all, there are so many choices available and the prices vary wildly from model to model and brand to brand. So which machines are worth your time and money? And how do you know if you have room in your kitchen or budget for an espresso machine?
How to decide if an Espresso Machine is Right for You?
Is it worth getting an espresso machine? Maybe, but it depends on you and your situation. A common misconception is that you must own an espresso machine to be able to enjoy a good cup of coffee at home, but this isn’t true at all.
It’s possible to make a good cup of coffee with the equipment you already have (which most people do), but if you’re someone who wants or needs high-quality coffee at home and are willing to spend the money to get one, then maybe an espresso machine will be right for you.
What kind of drinker are you?
Before you can decide whether an espresso machine is right for you, you should take a moment to examine your everyday coffee drinking habits. Are you primarily a cappuccino person? Do you prefer your morning cup of joe black or with just a splash of cream? If that’s the case, keep things simple.
What kind of machine should you get?
Before you decide to splurge on a fancy espresso machine, figure out what you’re going to be using it for. There are many types of espresso machines, and they all have different uses. Here’s a quick rundown of some common models.
- Calphalon Espresso Machine
- Breville BNV250CRO1BUC1 Vertuo
- Breville BES870XL Barista Express
- DeLonghi EC155 15 Bar Espresso
- Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
- Ninja CE251 Programmable Brewer
Where should you buy your espresso maker?
There are many stores you can buy your machine from. Some of these include Macy’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Best Buy, Staples and off course Amazon.
All offer a variety of espresso machines at a variety of price points. Shop around on your local sales papers or ask co-workers who they purchased their machine from. Many will have coupons available that you can use as well to save money on your purchase.
Where will you store your new coffee machine?
First, you have to ask yourself whether your kitchen space is even big enough for one. If you don’t think it will fit comfortably in your kitchen, then that’s a deal breaker right there.
On top of that, you need to consider where you can store it when it’s not in use. Don’t underestimate how much space these machines take up—particularly if they require a lot of cleaning and maintenance.
What do you need to know about storage and maintenance?
Storage and maintenance may not be at the top of your priority list, but you’ll be kicking yourself when your machine fails on you in the middle of a mid-morning rush. Consider how much counter space you have available and how easy it will be to use your machine daily.
Be sure to research online customer reviews; you may even want to try out machines at a local specialty store before making a final decision.
What do you need to know about cleaning your coffee maker (before & after use)?
When coffee makers are used on a daily basis, they can sometimes become a bit gunky. Whether it’s from coffee grinds or other unwanted substances, you may be worried about whether or not your brewer is clean. Here are three things you need to know before cleaning your coffee maker.
Do I need accessories for my new coffee maker?
If you’re looking to purchase a new espresso machine, you may be considering buying some coffee accessories.
A milk frother can be used to make steamy lattes and creamy cappuccinos, while other accessories like a cleaning kit and tamping tool are important additions that ensure your machine stays in good working order over time.
The prices of these accessories will vary based on their quality; a high-quality milk frother, for example, will cost significantly more than a basic model.
How much does an espresso machine cost and how often will I spend on beans/ground coffee & water filters or cartridges?
Compare prices on an espresso machine with all of its attachments. How much do you think you’ll spend per month on beans/ground coffee & water filters or cartridges (if applicable)? On average, a bag of ground coffee costs $10-$15 and contains 250g-500g.
That means each cup will cost anywhere from 20¢ – $1 depending on how much product you use. Using a standard 55-65% extraction rate and assuming 25g of grounds for a single 8oz cup, that’s about 0.35¢ per ounce when using pre-ground coffee vs 1.5¢ when using fresh beans!
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