The only people more dedicated to caffeine than coffee lovers are the espresso obsessed.
If you’re not one yourself, you definitely know one. Espresso, which originated in Italy, is a finely ground, highly concentrated version of coffee that packs a serious punch of caffeine into a single shot (or two, if you’d like a double-shot), making it richer and stronger than a regular cup of coffee.
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People who drink espresso know that it’s all about quality, which means if you’re not getting your tiny cup of life from your local barista, you best do your research and invest in a worthy espresso machine to make it at home. Read more…
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BEST FOR CUSTOMISATION
Barista Express by Sage
The Barista Express allows you to adjust the grind and portion size, so you can go from fine to coarse depending on your desired flavour.
- Weight: 10.6 kg
- Dimensions: 31 x 40 x 33 cm
£599.95 from Amazon
BEST FOR SIMPLICITY
This super-automatic espresso machine comes with all the bells and whistles.
- Weight: 10 kg
- Dimensions: 37.5 x 28.5 x 36 cm
£299.99 from Amazon
BEST FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
This machine almost never disappoints, but if there is an issue, the customer service is reportedly fantastic.
- Weight: 7.2 kg
- Dimensions: 47 x 37 x 34 cm
£149 from Amazon
BEST FOR HEATING TIME
Nespresso has a good reputation when it comes to quality taste and this machine is no different.
- Weight: 5.9 kg
- Dimensions: 35.9 x 23.1 x 32.5 cm
£249 from Amazon
BEST FOR VALUE
A great option for anyone who wants simplicity for a great price.
- Weight: 699 g
- Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 22.9 cm
£36.95 from Amazon
BEST FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Recyclable aluminum capsules provide a fresh-tasting (and environmentally friendly) pod option.
- Weight: 2.8 kg
- Dimensions: 11.1 x 32.6 x 23.5 cm
£149 from Amazon
BEST FOR PORTABILITY
The Inissia has more or less the same internal workings as the Pixie, so the quality of espresso produced should be pretty identical.
- Weight: 2.4 kg
- Dimensions: 12 x 32.1 x 23 cm
£94.99 from Amazon
BEST FOR CONNOISSEURS
Single-lever machine doesn’t need pods or electricity.
- Weight: 3.06 kg
- Dimensions: 34.3 x 23.1 x 10.2 cm
£239 from Amazon