All coffee machines which are pump driven are called espresso coffee machines (Espresso not “Expresso”). Espresso Coffee machines are coffee machine which are often capable of doing far more than just espressos and these days it is not uncommon for espresso machines to be able to do cappuccinos, lattes and Americanos as well as espresso.
For a coffee machine to qualify as a “true espresso machine” it needs to be able to create an espresso with a thick golden crema. In order for a coffee machine to be able to do this it needs to be driven by a minimum 12 bar pump. Most espresso machines nowadays have 15 bar pumps and some even have 19 bar pumps, but the research shows that anything over 12 bars is superfluous and is nothing more than a marketing tool.
Determining which espresso machine (not expresso machine) is right for you depends on the the following factors : Affordability, Coffee Price, Ease of use.
Capsule coffee machines are very easy to use for espressos and long coffees but are a bit trickier than automatic machines when it comes to cappuccinos and lattes. Capsule machines are often a lot cheaper than automatic coffee machines but the coffee once you have the machine is considerably more expensive.
Automatic Espresso Machines allow you to select any bean that you want which in itself is an added bonus compared to capsule coffee machines where you are restricted to a certain manufacturers capsules.
Filter coffee machines are NOT considered espresso machines as they are gravity fed and don’t use a high pressure pump to produce its coffee.
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