5 Sleek & Great Espresso Makers

5 Sleek & Great Espresso Makers

Range Govindan
May 24, 2010

Some say that once you taste a really good espresso, it's hard to go back to regular coffee. Others find espresso just too strong. While espresso machines are less used than coffee machines, more and more people are finding it simpler to just have one at home. Also, it transforms your home into a little coffee shop, filled with those great aromas and smells.

1. Bialetti Tazzona Espresso Maker
This cute little machine comes in a few fetching colors. It's called the Bialetti Tazzona and is shaped like a coffee cup. It's got a 20-bar pump, which the manufacturer says is more than enough to compete with the espresso that you buy in coffee shops. There is a spout that can be used to whip up a milk froth, allowing you to make your own cappuccinos and lattes. It takes ground coffee, coffee pods or Bialetti coffee capsules. It's available in either red, black, white or black/white. It costs about $210. [via Appliancist]

2. Casino Espresso Machine
Unlike the Bialetti, this machine from Casino uses only coffee pods. It's stylish and finished in stainless steel, as well as an interesting chocolate brown color. It costs around $145 and has a 1.3L tank. It can make two cups at ones and also has a Brita filter.

3. Breville's Programmable Burr Action Espresso Maker
While this machine is clearly the most expensive in this roundup, its incredible features make it a must in any espresso machine roundup. It has too many features to mention here, but it can make a cup of espresso from beans in about a minute. Now that's fast. The only problem is the price. It sells for $450-600.

4. SEB Espremio EX6400
This machine is by SEB and it's called the Espremio EX6400. It's costs $186 and can used ground coffee or coffee pods. It can make two cups at a time and has a 2L tank. The cups can be stored in the machine and preheated.

5. Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine
This espresso machine is capsule-based and great-looking. It comes in 3 colors and costs $279. The addition of the milk frother will cost $349. The cup stands and the 34-ounce reservoir make it perfect for the home office.

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