Espresso Machine Or Coffee Maker: Which Type Should You Get?

By Jana Salford

Both the standard coffee maker and an espresso machine are ideal home appliances we would love to have, so choosing which one to get can be quite difficult. Your choice will really depend on the purpose why you are getting a coffee making machine for your home.

Coffee makers and all the more sophisticated coffee machines are designed to make the process of preparing coffee a whole lot easier. This is really great if you have a family, or if a lot of your friends or relatives come to your house regularly. Especially if you do a lot of entertaining, coffee making machines will be of great value to you.

You wont have to prepare coffee in individual cups if you have guests in your home, since coffee makers allow you to brew for the appropriate number of cups that you will need. So that takes out the hassle of fixing each guest his own cup since you can serve brewed coffee in a pot and your guests can simply pour and prepare their own serving. Other more sophisticated coffee machines allow you to prepare specific types such as espresso, cappuccino or latte with just a flip on a switch or a click on a button.


The appliance stores are teeming with lots of attractive coffee makers from different brands, and choosing which one to get can seem quite daunting. The first decision you will have to make is whether to buy a coffee maker or an espresso machine. Although both types are used to prepare coffee, there is a load of difference between the two. An espresso machine makes a potent espresso shot while a coffee maker produces a milder black coffee. The design and features of each specific coffee machine is also quite different. The regular coffee maker comes with a water receptacle, a filter and a pot. The espresso machine on the other hand, is more complex with a boiler, filtration system, and a form of steam driven device. And each type is available in different styles.

These two coffee machines use different types of ground coffee to start with. A coffee maker takes standard ground coffee that is found in most stores. Espresso machines use espresso ground coffee beans, which is normally a lot stronger than regular ground. Espresso coffee is usually sold in gourmet or deli outlets and specialty coffee shops.

Another factor to consider when making your choice is its ease of use. Making a cup of coffee can be a breeze for most, but not everyone can become a coffee barista and make a great shot of espresso. If you want less of the hassle, you can opt for the regular coffee maker instead of getting the more sophisticated espresso type.

Lastly, the price tag may determine much of your final decision. While both types can vary in price, a coffee maker is typically more affordable than the average espresso machine.

These should be your points of consideration when deciding whether a coffee maker or espresso machine will work best for you and your home.

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