How Much Does an Espresso Machine Cost?
An espresso machine will allow you and those around you to have a warm cup of espresso anytime they want with just a simple push of a button. Many countries have its own kind of coffee, such as the Café de olla of Mexico, Ca phe sua da of Vietnam, Galao of Portugal, Rudesheimer kaffee of Germany, Ipoh or White coffee of Malaysia, and last but not the least, the most popular coffee of the world — the Espresso of Italy. Because of the popularity of Espresso, some countries made a machine that can produce Espresso in an instant.
How much does it cost?
- On average, an espresso machine can cost anywhere from $20 to as much as $600 for higher end machines. However, most purchases are usually within the $50 to $225 price range.
- Consumer Reports claims that almost 70 percent of all espresso makers will cost less than $75.
- For example, Espressoguy.com has different kinds of Espresso machine. Their electric steam machine costs $50 to $90. A pump machine will cost you $200 and up. The manual lever pump machine type will cost you $550 and up, and the super automatic pump machine will cost you more than $600.
- On the Amazon.com Best Sellers list, the machines here range anywhere from $30 to as much as $600. Their best seller is the De’Longhi EC155 that retails for $89. To date, this machine has more than 1,600 reviews.
- Commercial machines commonly found in local coffee shops can cost thousands of dollars.
What is going to be included?
- During the espresso process, hot air will be forced under pressure through tightly packed ground coffee. The result is a small shot of concentrated coffee that has a thin layer of foam, known as crema.
- Common types of machines include semi-automatics, super automatics, steam powered and manual lever-based machines. The average time to create a cup of espresso is one to three minutes.
- Similar to the Keurig coffee makers, many newer espresso machines today have the capabilities of using a pod. These pods are individual cups that are inserted into a machine and can instantly create a cup of espresso using water from the reservoir. The pods are pre-grounded and perfectly measured to make the process quicker and easier.
- If you buy from an Internet retailer, the shipping fee of the machine can be included in the selling price.
- Many name brands often include a warranty that can last a few years. Every brand will have its own restrictions and rules when it comes to repairing a machine under warranty.
- Most espresso machines will have the capability of making plain coffee or cappuccino as well.
What are the extra costs?
- Additional accessories include a frothing and steaming pitcher and an espresso tamper.
- Depending on your personal preference, espresso can either come as coffee grounds or through pods. Pods can cost an average of $0.60 to $1 per cup. A can of espresso can cost upwards of $10 to $20 depending on the quantity and brand.
Factors that influence the price:
- The brand and model. A barista type machine is going to cost a lot more than a simple machine that sits on top of the counter.
- Durability. Brass and steel machines always cost more because of its durability when compared to plastic portafilters, for example.
- Heating system. Espresso needs to always be hot. This is the reason that machines with a high–class heating system will always influence the selling price of the machine.
Tips to know:
- You should look out for the metal that is used in the machine because some metals can affect the taste of the coffee. Machines that are made of steel are much better to buy because they will not change the taste of your Espresso.
- Buy a machine with a removable water reservoir. It is better not to leave the water in the machine for days because the bacteria will build up inside. The removable water reservoir will give you a chance to change the water inside the machine regularly.
- If you are going to buy online, ask if the shipping fee is going to be included in the price or if it will cost you more before placing your order.
Top brands to consider:
- Mr. Coffee
How can I save money?
- Second-hand machines can often save you up to 50%. If going this route, just make sure that you know the condition of the machine.
- Purchasing an espresso machine can actually save you money in the long run. Although there is an initial cost, making your own espresso or coffee drink with a personal machine is always going to be cheaper than purchasing one through a restaurant or coffee shop. If you are the type of person who stops for coffee every day, getting an espresso machine is a great investment for you.
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