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Top 5 Espresso Machines

Get Your Caffeine Fix at Home

Designed in Switzerland, the KRUPS XP601050 has three espresso functions and a hyper-efficient frother

The Best Espresso Machines

Starbucks may have played a major role in enabling America’s espresso addiction in the 1990s, but most coffee aficionados know this delightful drink got its start long before. In 1903, Italian businessman Luigi Bezzera ran out of patience waiting for his coffee to brew. He soon found that the addition of steam not only sped things up, it produced a concentrated, robustly flavored coffee with delicate foam on top, called a crema. As wonderful as espresso is, the cost of a serious habit can really add up. If you find yourself choosing between rent and your morning caffeine fix, it may be time to invest in an espresso maker of your own. Choosing the right machine can be beyond overwhelming. Do you want a steam machine, an electric-pump or a semiautomatic? Are you a pod person or do you prefer to use freshly ground beans? If you feel dazed and confused by all the options out there, don’t panic. We’ve done your homework for you. For all the time you'll save not waiting in those long coffee shop lines, you're very welcome! 



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