Although at one time, espresso machines could only be seen in cafes, today many people are buying their own espresso machines so that they can enjoy a cup in the peace and quiet of their own homes. To meet this increasing need for espresso machines in the home, the manufacturers have provided a great many to choose from including semi-automatic machines, automatic machines and super-automatic machines. Obviously the prices of these machines will vary and so it is unlikely that you will get the Best Espresso Machine Under 300 dollars which is super-automatic but you probably will get an automatic one for that price. The semi-automatic espresso machine will need you to do certain tasks in order to make a brew, such as grinding the beans. A fully automatic machine will do those pre-brewing tasks or you whilst the super-automatic only requires that you switch it on and then sit back and await your first cup.
The different espresso machines will all provide you with the same type of coffee and so how that coffee tastes is very much dependent on which coffee beans you choose to use. Today coffee beans are grown in over 50 countries around the world and where they come from often characterized what taste they will provide. Although Columbia and other South American countries were long considered the best countries for growing coffee beans, other countries have stepped up their coffee’s quality and some of them are equal to or even better than the South American coffee beans. There are perhaps two countries whose quality of coffee beans are worth special mention and they are Kenya and Jamaica. Kenya’s coffee beans have recently been mentioned as being among the top ten coffee beans in the world and many consider that the Blue Mountain coffee from Jamaica are the best beans in the world. Coffee though is a matter of personal taste and so you may disagree with some of the so called experts who rank the beans from around the world. Once you have decided what the best tasting beans to you are, you will always want to use those same beans for your coffee. As it is the top ranked beans that always seem to have the higher prices, it may be good if you disagree with the experts as the one you prefer may be cheaper than their top ranked ones.
Although the fully automatic and super-automatic espresso machines may be useful, many coffee drinkers enjoy grinding the beans themselves, taking in the aroma, tempting their taste buds of the flavor they will later enjoy. Whichever type of espresso machine you do decide to buy, you will have a choice of how big the machine is, in other words, how many cups it will make in one brewing. Some people prefer to have a freshly ground cup every time and so buy a single cup version whilst others, prefer to drink a cup or two from the same brew and so get a machine with a larger water container.