Espresso

This is our hub for recent espresso articles:

  • Best espresso machine for beginners: reviewing the main factor new home baristas should look for in their first espresso machine.
  • Comparing the Breville Bambino vs Bambino Plus: reviewing the key differences between two great entry-level machines from Breville.
  • Comparing the Breville Barista Pro vs Barista Express: ranking the features head-to-head for two of Breville’s most popular models.
  • The full Breville Barista Pro review: one of our favorite espresso machines at the mid-price range
  • Comparing the Breville Infuser vs Duo Temp Pro: a showdown of the best entry-level espresso machine without a grinder.
  • Calphalon Temp IQ review: a solid mid-range espresso machine. It has a commercial-grade portafilter, thermoblock, and PID at a reasonable price.
  • The DeLonghi ECP3420 review: looking at one of the most affordable espresso machines on the market. It gets some mixed reviews, but we found it works. The ECP3420 has a place if you’re an absolute beginner and unsure if you’ll brew espresso every day.
  • DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 review: this is one of the long-running super automatic espresso machines, and it’s still one of the best values out there today. The dual boiler heating system makes great cappuccinos and the display is easy to use. A great starter if you want a super automatic.
  • DeLonghi Dinamica review: The Dinamica line is DeLonghi’s newer lineup of super automatic machines. The display is redone in a simpler format and we review the popular ECAM35025SB model and compare the others. This machine can make five different drinks, including an iced coffee!
  • Philips 3200 LatteGo review: a super automatic espresso machine that comes with a nice display, and the innovative LatteGo system. It’s easy to use, easy to clean, and makes great cappuccino foam.
  • The Breville Barista Pro vs Touch comparison: this looks at two of Breville’s “mid-range” semi-automatic machines. The Touch is a higher end model with more automation, including a touch display, preprogrammed drink options, and automatic milk frothing. The Barista Pro is still an excellent model with more hands-on use at a more affordable price.
  • DeLonghi La Specialista vs Breville Barista Express: a comparison of two popular semi-automatic espresso machines. We think the Barista Express holds its own for a better build and better grinder at a lower price. The La Specialista has some redeeming qualities, namely dual heating and panarello steam wand.
  • Philips 5400 LatteGo review: looking at Philips latest and greatest super-automatic espresso machine. This one can produce 12 drink options, has a full-color LCD display, and can set four user profiles. A good choice for heavy use in a household or office. It’s durable with a ceramic grinder and the AquaClean filter.
  • The best Breville espresso machine: ranking the best Breville espresso machines, including nine of our favorite choices. There are different options for different buyers (budget, mid-range, and premium). Breville makes durable machines with good heating systems, and it’s hard to go wrong with this brand.
  • The best Gaggia espresso machine: Gaggia makes high super-automatic espresso machines, and we go through the 30+ models to come up with the top seven. The Gaggia Anima Prestige is our favorite.
  • Best DeLonghi espresso machine: DeLonghi makes a range of espresso machines, from great entry-level automatics to budget semi-automatics. We review our top choices.
  • Best super-automatic machines: automatic espresso machines do all the work for you – grind, dose, and tamp. They are a big investment with dozens of options, and we list our top 10 picks.
  • Best espresso machine with grinder: Buying an espresso machine with a built-in grinder saves money and is more convenient than a standalone grinder. But, integrated grinder machines can be lower quality. We list our best espresso machine with grinder, including a buying guide to decide.
  • How to clean and descale an espresso machine: We go through the full cleaning cycle for an espresso machine – from regular maintenance to descale to backflushing.
  • How an espresso machine works: learn all the important components of an espresso machine and what’s most important when choosing to buy one.
  • Best espresso machines under $200: we review ten different “starter” espresso machines that will work on a tight budget. These are good options to learn espresso before trading up.
  • Best espresso machine under $500: this is a good price point for beginner machines where you can get quality heating systems and steam wands. We rank our top picks and give a buying guide.
  • Best espresso machine under $1,000: this is still the mid-price point for espresso and a great budget to get a quality machine that will last years. We rank our top six options, which include a built-in grinder, ease of use, and even super-automatic options.
  • How to use an espresso machine: our complete guide on making the perfect shot, including tips on dosing, distributing, and tamping.
  • 20 must try espresso drinks: a full list of every delicious espresso-based drinks, from common ones like a latte and macchiato to the red-eye.