One of my new year’s resolutions was to stop giving my money to the coffee shops near my job, and start making my coffee at home before work. The problem is, I’m cheap and lazy and I always thought it would be easier to let the professionals spend money on the fancy machines to make a nice espresso for me to start my day. But I recently learned that making espresso is not that hard, and there are a range of espresso machine options to fit any budget…even mine. I managed to discover the bisuszscoffee website that had tonnes of reviews and recommendations. It helped me figure out what type of espresso machine I actually wanted.
In my search to find the best espresso maker, I came across three that really stood out from the rest: the Original Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker; the Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker; and the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker. Now, these are not the prettiest espresso makers out there, but I promise you that each one will make a great cup of espresso, requires minimal cleanup, will last you a long time, and best of all, it’s really brain-dead simple operation. There’s not a whole bunch of knobs and switches and timers like you might find at the coffee shop.
Easy Going Espresso Maker
If you’re like me, then you just want to be able to boil some water and have a smooth cup. You don’t want to have to worry about whether you’re over-roasting the coffee and ending up with some bitter sludge in your cup. The Bialetti Stovetop Espresso maker is as close to that as it gets. You literally add water to the fill line, put your coffee in, and boil for five minutes. This espresso maker has been popular in Italy for over 80 years, and it’s only about $25, so it’s no wonder that it consistently shows up on bestseller lists.
Multipurpose Coffee Maker
The next one on my list was the Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker. It’s called a Coffee Maker, but I like that you can use it to make espresso and tea as well. Like the Bialetti, it’s really simple to use—basically just pouring boiling water over coffee grinds. At about $40, it’s a little more expensive than the Bialetti, but when you consider that you can use it for coffee, tea and espresso, I think it’s worth the extra.
Super Automatic Espresso Machine
Last up is the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker. It’s a mouthful to say, and at about $165, it’s the most expensive of the bunch. The extra money gets you a machine that makes espresso at the press of a button. You don’t even have to measure the amount of coffee, because Nespresso provides pods that are pre-measured. All you have to do is add water, put the coffee pod in, press the button and let the machine do its work. This one takes up a little more counter space than the others, but it’s got a sleek, modern design that will update any kitchen instantly.
You really can’t go wrong with any of these machines. For me, I think the best espresso maker is the Bodum Chambord. It’s cheap, easy to use, and it makes coffee and tea in addition to espresso. This is definitely going to help me keep that New Year’s resolution!