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We review 15 automatic espresso machines in the CHOICE labs, including models from DeLonghi, Jura and Saeco.
For an immediate coffee hit, doesn't real espresso at the push of a button sound more appealing than instant coffee from a tin? If so, you should consider an automatic espresso machine.
We test 15 models, priced between $435 to $2990, to tell you:
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The overall score is made up of taste test (60%), ease of use (20%), milk frothing (15%) and coffee temperature consistency over consecutive cups (5%).
The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are often flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks and mortar shops for options.
We test how easy the machines are to use by trying the controls, filling the water tank and the bean hopper, adjusting the grinder, making a coffee, cleaning inside and out, and programming a coffee.
We measure the consistency of four consecutive coffees for each machine after warming it up for five minutes.
Machine can shut itself down after a certain time.
Three experts test the espressos in a 'blind' tasting, checking the colour and thickness of the crema (the tan-coloured foam on the top of an espresso), aroma, flavour, mouth-feel (for example, creaminess or wateriness) and aftertaste.
We experiment with each machine to find how it best froths milk, looking for fine, pourable froth.
Some models keep count of how many cups of coffee the machine has made; useful if you need to track how much it is being used, for instance in an office kitchen.
We test more than 35 manual, semi-automatic and pod coffee machines in the CHOICE labs, including models from Breville, DeLonghi and Sunbeam.
Automatic, semi-automatic or manual? Pods or capsules? Welcome to coffee machines.
From the right machines to the perfect beans, we tell you how to make the best cup of coffee at home.