It's really nice to have a good espresso machine at home, one that won't break the bank and let you enjoy a nice small cup of hot java. While espresso is an acquired taste, a lot of coffee lovers enjoy this strong Italian coffee. You can easily make your own with a French press or espresso pot, but a dedicated machine is still nice to have.
The Gaggia For Illy espresso machine has finally arrived in the US. This is a single serving espresso machine that includes a four-stage filtration system, a removable 34-ounce water reservoir, a 15-bar pump, and a stainless steel boiler. It works exclusively with Illy espresso capsules, which is a bit of a downer, but a lot of people enjoy these types of machines. Like all coffee, these capsules can expire, so best check the date before brewing your cup. This machine is available for $300 from Importika.
While we enjoy using a coffee siphon for our daily coffee, it's nice to be able to brew an espresso with a machine that won't break the bank. Alternatively, you could always use an espresso pot to do this manually.