Home espresso makers allow you the convenience of brewing an authentic cup of coffee, espresso or cappuccino on your stovetop, with a fancy bar pump (like a coffee house), or as a press in the comfort of your own kitchen. They are also an economical way to brew up a cup (or two) whenever the mood strikes and give you the ability to make it to your personal taste.
These espresso makers take the fuss out of brewing your own java as the process has been streamlined to your preferences. Choose from the AeroPress, which is a rapid, total immersion brewing process and is the most commonly used type of espresso maker in the home kitchen, or the Bialetti which lets you brew like the Italians over your stovetop in less than five minutes.
For the more fancy types, you might choose the DeLonghi Espresso and Cappuccino maker. This machine brews authentic, barista-quality espressos, cappuccinos or lattes just as you would get at your favorite coffeehouse and does not cost thousands of dollars.
Whichever method you choose to brew, just know that you will get an ideal and delicious cup of coffee every single time. And while that latte at the local coffee shop might taste delicious, you’ll get a lot more value — and feel better in the long run — using one of these at-home devices.
1. AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
The AeroPress is a new kind of coffee press that brews coffee under what many java purists consider to be the most ideal conditions, including proper temperature, total immersion and rapid filtering. This results in delicious coffee with a wide range of flavors without the bitterness and acidity.
The press acts as a suction of sorts, pushing down the coffee grinds and pushing out any air that might affect the taste. While this coffee maker is most commonly used in the home kitchen, it is lightweight and durable enough for use when camping, backpacking or traveling.
PROS: The AeroPress brews both espresso-style and regular American style coffee.
CONS: If you need your coffee brewed fast, this might not be the best option.
2. De’Longhi EC155 Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
De’Longhi’s Espresso and Cappuccino Maker guarantees every cup is to your liking with its 15-bar professional pressure that assures quality results every time. It also has adjustable controls that allow you to make modifications for your personal taste preferences, whether you prefer espresso or cappuccino, and comes with a dual function filter holder so you can use ground coffee as normal or convenient coffee pods for faster prep.
PROS: This comes with two separate thermostats which allow for water and steam pressure to be controlled separately, allowing you to always brew espresso at the right temperature.
CONS: If you want just a regular cup of drip coffee, you can find cheaper options.
3. Bialetti 06800 Moka Stove Top Coffee Maker
The BIaletti Moka Express is a stove top coffee maker that produces a rich, authentic espresso in just minutes. The aluminum pot features their distinctive eight-sided shape that allows it to diffuse heat perfectly to enhance the aroma of your coffee and is the original and best way to make authentic espresso in your home. Add water, coffee grounds, screw the top on and place on the stove. Once the water boils, your shot of espresso is ready to go.
PROS: When making coffee, the handle and knob stay cool on the stovetop.
CONS: While all types of coffee can be used, their own brand is recommended as it is made especially for this machine.