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How to choose the best espresso machine

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So you want to buy an espresso machine so you can brew authentic espresso, cappuccino and latte in your own kitchen? With the right machine, some good quality coffee and a bit of practice (and patience) you’ll soon be turning out cups that give the finest cafes a run for their money – at a fraction of the cost!

When it comes to choosing the best espresso machine, however, the choice is mind-boggling. There are five basic types; you need to choose which one is best for your needs and how you’ll be using it.

Help is at hand - at Cafe Du Monde, we have a wide range of the best commercial espresso and coffee machines to choose from.

Here’s our guide to choosing the best espresso machine:

Manual Lever

A manual espresso machine requires skill to use, and if you are new to the world of espressos, you might need to have some patience while you learn how to pull the perfect espresso. Once you have mastered the trick, though, it will be very rewarding! They are usually small in size but can be expensive. A coffee grinder may be required.


The most common type of espresso machine is the semi-automatic. Some manual work is needed when brewing the espresso, but there is assistance from an electric brewing pump. The process is fairly simple and with a little bit of practice, you could soon be pouring authentic espressos. These machines offer a lot of flexibility and any espresso coffee can be used.

Automatic Bean To Cup

Automatic bean to cup espresso machines work from the press of a button. These machines have built-in coffee grinders that will grind the beans for you and brew your coffee at the pre-set volume. Automatic espresso machines are very easy to use and can brew an espresso quickly. The machines can also froth milk if you’re making a latte or cappuccino. This makes them one of the best commercial espresso machines available.

Capsule Espresso Machines

Capsule espresso machines are great for convenience. This is why they are most common in offices as well as homes. All you need to do is insert the capsule and press a button in order to get your espresso. It is common for these machines to have a milk frothing system for lattes and cappuccinos. No real skills are required to use the machines, which adds to their convenience and popularity.

Bulk Brew Espresso Machines

Commercial bulk brew coffee and espresso machines are perfect for businesses or cafes that require a lot of coffee. Bulk brew machines can pour a lot of coffee in a short period of time, allowing them to deliver a high-quality coffee in high capacity.

Happy brewing!