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An espresso machine is a device that brews coffee by forcing boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee. Espresso machines are usually used for brewing one cup at a time, but some can also make several cups simultaneously.

The best Espresso Machine in the UK: Our selection

Espresso Machine: Frequently asked questions

What types of Espresso Machine are there and what determines a good product?

There are two main types of espresso machines, pump driven and steam driven. The most common type is the pump-driven machine which uses a piston to force water through ground coffee at high pressure (15 bars). Steam-driven machines use steam from boiling water to push hot pressurized air through ground coffee. Pumped machines tend to be more popular because they produce less noise than their steamed counterparts and can therefore be used in restaurants or other public spaces where quiet operation is desirable.

The quality of the espresso depends on several factors. First, you need to have a good coffee bean and grind it properly. Then there is the machine itself which needs to be well made with high-quality parts that can withstand daily use over many years without breaking down or wearing out quickly. Finally, there are other things such as water temperature control and steam pressure for frothing milk in order to make an excellent cup of Espresso Coffee Drink (Espressos).

Who should use a Espresso Machine?

Espresso machines are for people who want to make espresso at home. They can be used by anyone, but they’re particularly useful if you have a small kitchen and limited counter space.

Based on what criteria should you buy a Espresso Machine?

The criteria for buying a Espresso Machine should be based on the type of coffee you like to drink. If, for instance, you are a lover of cappuccino, then it would make sense if you buy an espresso machine that can help prepare this kind of coffee as well.

You need to look out for the following when comparing a Espresso Machine. Firstly, you should check if it is easy to use and operate. The next thing would be its durability as well as performance. Other than that, the power consumption of the machine is also something you should consider before buying one.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Espresso Machine?


The main advantage of an espresso machine is that it can produce a very high quality cup of coffee. It uses pressure to force water through the ground beans, which results in better flavor extraction and crema (the creamy foam on top). Espresso machines are also much more consistent than drip or pour over methods because you have control over every aspect of the brewing process. This makes them ideal for cafes where consistency is key.


The biggest disadvantage of an espresso machine is the price. They are not cheap and you will probably need to spend at least $200 for a good one, but if you drink coffee on a regular basis it can be worth it. Another disadvantage is that they take up space in your kitchen or office so make sure there’s room before buying one.

Shopping Guide: Everything you need to know

Which brands and manufacturers are represented in our review?

In our review, we present products from various manufacturers and suppliers. The list includes products from the following brands and manufacturers, among others:

  • De’Longhi
  • Swan
  • Sage

What is the price range of the featured products?

The cheapest Espresso Machine in our review costs around 29 pounds and is ideal for customers who are conscious about their money. However, those who are willing to spend more money for better quality can also spend around 629 pounds for one of the more expensive products.