In order to tell you more about semi automatic espresso machines currently available on the market, you must first know the basics about them. With this in mind, I will start off by explaining their basic types:
If you didn’t know by now, there are three types of espresso machines:
When compared to all other types, semi-automatic espresso machines provide the most user interaction which, in theory at least, means they can brew better quality espresso. This is, of course, true only if you are a skilled barista – or at least someone who knows his way around best espresso machines and is not afraid of learning new things as time goes by.
If that is you and you are looking for the right type of espresso machine to buy, then I warmly recommend you opt for semi-automatic ones. They provide you with most controls over the end product… not to mention that great feeling when you finally master the perfect espresso shot after many attempts! J
With this in mind, in the next couple of paragraphs I am going to list out some of the best semi automatic espresso machine that are currently available on the market. Keep in mind that I will feature all machines in reasonable price ranges which means there will be something for everyone. So without further adue, I will jump straight to business.
4. Rancilio Silvia
Sturdy iron frame and great looking stainless steel panels are what’s making this product stand out of competition… especially when you combine them with the fact that it possesses a great number of advanced features that even those of you who consider themselves barista enthusiast will appreciate.
The Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine features a commercial grade group head which enables brewing of 2 espresso shots at once. It offers amazing extraction quality and head stability which are always great news for semi-automatic espresso machines. Its articulating steam wand offers a full range of 360 degrees (same as Breville’s Duo-Temp Pro Espresso Maker) alongside the steam knob that helps you control steaming pressure with great accuracy. It also comes with a 7-gram coffee scooper, along with a plastic tamper and two filter baskets, one single and one double. Lastly, Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine has a removable two quart water tank which can be filled even during brewing.
The Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine is a top quality product coming from a top quality brand. That is why it is not surprising to see that it is priced just below $700; $685 if we are to be more precise. The expression:” You get what you pay for!” suits this machine perfectly because you can be sure you are buying an amazing product from a renowned company that doesn’t joke around when it comes to producing the best quality espresso machines and equipment!
3. Nuova Simonelli Oscar Pour
Nuova Simonelli Oscar Pour Over Espresso Coffee Machine is a proper flagship of the Italian giants in every sense of that word. It’s newest, upgraded Oscar Espresso Machine is targeted not only at barista enthusiasts and everyone who feels that way as well.
It looks fantastic and provides you with a great variety of features that you’d expect from a top notch espresso machine. Nuova Simonelli Oscar Pour Over Espresso Coffee Machine comes with commercial grade system, a brewing group made out of marine quality brass, and a great looking silver finish that will fit perfectly into every kitchen counter in the world. In addition to all of this, it also possesses an extremely efficient 2.3 liter heat exchange boiler which allows for simultaneous steam and milk cream brewing… and that is something which just a few home espresso machines provide!
Everything good comes with a great price, and that is true for Nouva Simonelli’s Oscar as well. This semi-automatic espresso machine will set you back for around $1,300, but trust me, I’ve used it a lot – it is totally worth it… Well, it is totally worth it if you enjoy an espresso shot of unearthly taste with plenty of rich cream covering the very top of your shot!
2. Capresso EC PRO
If you have a lot of espresso drinkers in your household and you are on a strict budget, then Capresso EC PRO Espresso & Cappuccino Machine might just be the machine for you! It is dirt cheap and has all the features you might want from a semi-automatic espresso machine. With this in mind, let us take a closer look at its key features to learn more about it:
Probably the main selling point of this machine is the fact that it has 2 filters (one for control and one for convenience) and it can brew 2 espressos at the same time. This is such a rare occurrence with similarly priced espresso machines which is why it is considered as a big plus!
In addition to that, Capresso EC PRO Espresso & Cappuccino Machine features and advanced pump boiler that aims to maintain a reservoir of hot water all the time. With its 15 bar pump, which is a standard for the industry, it is able to achieve greatly tasting espresso shots with plenty of rich cream.
As I already stated in the start, this machine has a really competitive price of only $200 which is just crazy considering all those features it sports. It’s main con, at least in my honest opinion, is its not-that-pretty outside look which is not giving away a feeling of top quality product… But, despite that, the Capresso EC PRO is a great espresso machine, perhaps one of the best when it comes to price / performance ratio, and as such, it should get a lot more attention than it currently has.
1. Breville Duo-Temp Pro
As you all might know, Breville is among the top espresso machines manufacturers and has made quite a stir on the market with its new line of products. With this being said, it comes as no surprise that the Breville Duo-Temp Pro Espresso Maker is such a quality product with thousands of satisfied customers worldwide.
The reason behind this is its sturdy stainless steel frame and an astonishingly minimalistic silver finish that give out a premium feeling to the machine. There is no doubt that it will be turn quite a few heads in your kitchen… There is also its 15 bar pump, PID temperature regulator and to top it all off – a 1600 watt thermocoil all of which will make sure you get a top quality espresso shot each and every time. In addition to all of this, it is also very important to mention its removable water tank that can hold up to 1.8 liters of water, 360 degrees’ capable steam wand (which looks rather awesome by the way) along with a cup warmer tray and a hidden storage tray for your favorite brewing accessories.
The best thing about this machine is not up there with its key features… it is down here in the pricing category. Breville Duo-Temp Pro Espresso Maker is not going to set you back a thousand dollars… It will not set you back $500 either… At the moment, there is a huge sale going on during which you can get it for just $300 with its regular price being somewhere around $400. Considering all those awesome features and that astonishing minimalistic look, this price comes as a big surprise and will result in even more satisfied customers!
Now that you have seen the crème de la crème of semi-automatic espresso machines, I hope that you have all you need to make up your mind (if you are thinking of purchasing one, that is). I did my best to stay as objective as possible and pick out THE BEST machines in a wide variety of price ranges. With this being said, I hope my article was informative and that you enjoyed reading it. Now, if you will excuse me, I am going to brew myself an espresso shot… CHEERS!