Millions of people every day wake up, shower, brush their teeth, and then grab a cup of coffee to get them going in the morning. In America, and most of the rest of the world (tea drinking countries aside), a cup of morning Joe is one of the absolute necessities of starting the day.
Many of us are guilty of heading over to the local Starbucks to order their coffee. But aside from the insane prices at Starbucks, you can get healthier, tastier, more elegant coffee by brewing it at home exactly the way you like it. Avoid the long lines and start a new coffee tradition – one that starts in your house with a stunning home espresso machine that will not only brew the perfect cup of coffee, but will become your favorite kitchen appliance immediately.
Like any product or kitchen appliance, espresso machines come in a wide range of styles, performance capabilities, and specializations. You can go nuts with a commercial coffee machine like the ones used on the Corner Bakery Café. For home based machines, you should first choose if you want a capsule based machine, such as the type George Clooney made famous with his Nespresso commercials shown around the world, or a classic espresso machine that requires ground coffee.
The Nespresso machines are considered a fully automatic espresso machine. You can literally press one button, walk away, and come back to your fully brewed cup of espresso. These machines make a terrific cup of espresso, and the higher end machines offer several options for a number of espresso based drinks, such as a cappuccino, latte, Americano, or a short or long espresso.
On the other hand, a semi-automatic machine requires the use of a lever to make the espresso. These machines are the ones you typically see at classic coffee shops. They tend to look more stylish, and require some skill when making the coffee. You’ll need to either grind coffee beans at home or buy them already ground, and then fit them into the machine. There is a little bit of work at the beginning fitting the ground beans into the espresso machine, but then the rest of the preparation is done automatically. If you enjoy crafting the perfect cup of espresso, and also prefer a classic, stylish machine in your kitchen, then a stylish machine such as the Flair Espresso Maker is the machine I love – for both its functionality and its stunning style.
Both the Nespresso machines and the Flair Espresso maker offer wonderful consistency – they make the same cup of coffee every time. They also both offer a number of flavors and strengths. With Nespresso, they offer almost 100 different types of capsules – ground coffee in a capsule sourced from all over the world. Nespresso offers a guide to the strength of each capsule, and even offers some flavored capsules (such as caramel, chocolate, and coconut flavor) which are surprisingly tasty.
On the other hand, with the Flair machine, you can purchase coffee beans from anywhere in the world directly or at your local coffee distributor. You literally have the option of trying thousands of different varieties (you haven’t lived until you’ve tried Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee). Most coffee places will grind the beans for you upon request, but for the freshest taste you can buy an inexpensive coffee grinder and grind them at home. At some point, if you really enjoy the experience of making your own cup of coffee, grinding the beans at home won’t be enough – at that point you may want to even roast the coffee beans at home and become a true pro. You’ll be well on your way…