I’ve been looking for espresso machines for a while, and while realistically the best machines within my budget are the likes of the Jack Stonehouse, Andrew James, Morphy Richards Accents or De’Longhi EC330S which look like great reasonably priced espresso machines, there are some machines at the other end of the price range that I would love to splash out on if I won a few million quid on the national lottery ;-). These aren’t reviews by the way, I’ve not tried all of these espresso machines, but they’re the ones I’d love to have in my kitchen based on what I’ve heard about them including online customer reviews.
A bargain at just £1495 on Amazon (£1599 at John Lewis) this is an automatic manual espresso machine, which is what attracts me to this machine, as well as the fact that it just looks so cool! Many of the machines at this kind of price range are fully automatic bean to cup machines, which require virtually no skill on the behalf of the home Barista; I’d like there to be at least some effort on my part other than pressing a button. It’s really sleek looking, ultra modern, and that of course is part of the attraction, but if what I’ve heard about this machine is even half true, the looks are just the icing on the cake. I’d hope for it to be an incredible piece of equipment though for this price, and I certainly won’t be investing in one of these without the help of Camelot and those “big money balls”!
You can even request a “white glove experience” where one of their engineers will come to your home and take you through all the features! The 2200 watt “Dual Boiler Coffee Machine” is £1070, and the 1700 watt “Barista Express” is just £455, which is still a lot higher than my budget for an espresso machine, but this post is about the espresso machines I’d buy if I won the lottery anyway, so price doesn’t matter.
This machine got an amazing write-up on Coffee Geeks, and these people really know what they’re talking about when it comes to coffee, and coffee machines! It’s a semi automatic machine, which is the kind of machine I’d probably go for, OK it might not have the automatic features boasted by The Oracle, so a bit more skill might be required on my behalf, but this looks to me like a proper barista espresso machine, I would expect to have to put in time and effort to learn to use it properly. At about £1500, again this isn’t a machine I will be buying unless I win the lottery!
OK, I’m being slightly daft now – as this is a commercial grade machine at the bargain price of just over £10,000, capable of making around 350 coffees per hour (in terms of hot water production that is, I don’t think any barista can work quite that fast) but it’s a compact space-saving commercial machine, and it would be so cool to have a proper commercial espresso machine like this in the kitchen. I’m dreaming of course, there’s no way I’m going to spend ten grand on a coffee machine, BUT given that I’m talking about what I’d buy if I won the lottery, ten thousand is nothing if you’ve just won ten million, so as far as this fantasy goes, this is affordable! If I do hit the Jackpot I’m going to need to invest in a house with a massive kitchen to fit all these machines in! 😉
OK, this is a bean to cup coffee machine, and I do think this is cheating; most of the espresso machines I am tempted buy are usually semi automatic, as I think making espresso and other espresso based drinks should involve at least some skill. But having said that, I’m not sure what would be more satisfying, to get an amazing espresso from a more conventional espresso machine thanks to honing my skills with practice, or to get perfect coffee every time from a bean to cup machine while feeling like a bit of a fraud. ;-). I suppose it would depend on what mood I’m in, and whether I’m in a rush or not. Sod it… if I’ve won the lottery then price is no option, so if Camelot send me that email, I’ll just buy a mega clever bean to cup machine like this and a semi automatic one.
By the way, isn’t it disappointing when you get that email to tell you that there is exciting news, and you excitedly log in to discover you’re £20 better off, or whatever it is. This happened twice to me within a couple of weeks a few months back, I was hoping for better luck the third time – It’s not happened yet, but there’s time, someone’s got to win it!
This machine is at the cutting edge of coffee making technology, it’s almost space-age! It would appear that with this machine, not only can you make just about every speciality coffee you could think of, and that it’s impossible with this machine to make a bad coffee.
This is an incredible Swiss made piece of coffee making equipment which Jura claims will make Barista quality coffees at the touch of a button; thanks to its dual thermoblock boilers and it’s super smart computer brain. If you fancy a Latte Macchiato for example, just select that on the screen and watch in amazement while your coffee is made – don’t forget to get your cup ready though, it’s not THAT advanced yet… I say yes, because one day with 3D printing it wouldn’t surprise me if this machine could also print you a coffee mug.
I know this is another cheating bean to cup fully automatic espresso machine, but I can’t deny that it looks really cool, and it has 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon which is a stonking review score, from 32 reviews. It would have a full 5 stars if it wasn’t for one 1 star review from someone who experienced a faulty machine and then also a fault on the replacement machine; this is one of the great things about buying from Amazon though, if you have any problems they just replace it or refund without question, so one bad review wouldn’t worry me.
One review states that the reviewer tried one of the £2000+ machines and he believes this machine is just as good. There are also claims from reviewers about this machine making espresso which is on par with the espresso on offer in Starbucks and Costa, and that’s probably not over the top, but I don’t believe that any automatic machine can compete with the skill and experience of a fully trained Barista working in a specialist independent coffee house; an experience which is quite a bit different than popping into a chain cafe in my opinion.
So there you go, these are currently the espresso machines I’d be considering adding to my basket if I won the lotto or Euro Millions. Ah it would be nice wouldn’t it?