3 Espresso Machines to Make You Into An Instant Barista

Are you like us and depend upon your morning cup of coffee to get started...and maybe even last through the day? Sometimes a whole day can come to a halting stop without that cup. Call us snobs, but common drip coffee doesn't cut it, so we've been researching espresso machines to fulfill our caffeine urges and meet our taste bud requirements...

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Philips Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Maker
With a compact stainless steel for factor, the Philips Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Maker offers a lock, load and fire approach to making the perfect cup of espresso or cappuccino. Whole beans can be stored up top, ready to be ground to exact amounts/ground size needed per cup inside the machine, with an internal water filter to keep the cup free of any intrusive tastes. The machine also automatically cleans out the system so maintenance is kept to a minimum; the Syntia offers a premium barista quality experience with a beginner friendly button interface. We'll have a complete hands-on review in the coming days!

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Jura Impressa Z7
The Z7 is the latest of the Jura Impressa repertoire, a top-of-the-line brewing machine for the home market. Features include a height adjustable cappuccino spout, intelligent pre-heating, the choice of 11 different coffees at the touch of a button, two cup illumination and very easy to use. It's enough to make even the most demanding coffee aficionado's heart beat faster.

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Delonghi Nespresso Citiz
If you want simplicity at the touch of a button, this is the one for you. The Nespresso Citiz features an integrated Aeroccino milk frother. The new, compact unit sits easily on the kitchen counter with an adjustable dip tray to allow for taller cups. Utilizing a 19 bar high pressure pump and the thermoblock water heating system, the Delonghi Nespresso Citiz also has an automatic function to program the correct coffee quantity.

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