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We test 12 automatic espresso machines in the CHOICE labs, including models from Bosch, DeLonghi, Jura and more.
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 12 models, priced between $379 to $2500, 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%).
In some instances, at the request of members and when products are still available on the second-hand market and via sites like eBay, we include discontinued models in the tables. 'Active' indicates they can still be found in shops and 'inactive' that they are discontinued models.
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.
The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are generally always flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks and mortar shops for options.
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.
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