Espresso machines are like most things in life: you get what you pay for. You can get a $90 "espresso" machine from Wal-Mart or Costco, and it will probably make a coffee concentrate, but we here at Sweet Maria's would be hard-pressed to call that espresso.
If you want to make espresso at home, you need a decent machine that has the pump pressure necessary to push hot water through a compressed puck of coffee. In our experience, you need to spend upwards of $400 to even get close. That is a lot of money! And it does not include a decent grinder, which is absolutely a must if you are trying to make espresso at home. We have always advised folks that if you need to skimp, spend more to get a really good grinder, and maybe less on the espresso machine; the other way round and you are just shooting yourself in the foot (or cup maybe?)
We sell only semi-automatic machines that require a separate grinder.
The Rancilio Silvia is a modern classic. I know what a terrible cliche that is, but in the case of the Silvia it is true! The Silvia is the most popular home espresso machine for purists. It is as simple and straightforward as its elegant, sparse design suggests. It has no crema-enhancing filters, no pre-sets, no siphon milk frothing system and no automated functions.Learn More$685.00
The Giotto Evoluzione V2 is a serious home espresso machine with proven design features and a very stylish appearance. In many ways it has a standard build for machines in its class..."standard" meaning great quality internal components and quality stainless steel housing. There's little here that is new or experimental; these are proven components. It gives you a choice of two water sources: you can switch from the included water reservoir or plumb directly to a water line with an easily accessed toggle in the back of the machine.$2,349.00
The Andreja has all the earmarks of quality, but I am talking about the ones that count ... the essential components needed to make great espresso, effortlessly. It has tons of power with a Ulka 52 watt vibratory pump. It has the E-61 brew head. It has separate guages for boiler pressure and group head pressure (so you can really see the force pushing through your coffee). It's a compact commercial-quality espresso machine perfect for use in the home, made in Italy by Quick Mill who has been doing this since 1945.Learn More$1,895.00
In a something of a combination of the Baby and Classic - Gaggia now has a new model - the Baby Class. It is based on the same Gaggia Baby with an all stainless steel housing and a few other special features like a multi-position frothing wand. Oddly enough, the water reservoir is slightly smaller than the New Baby. Is it worth an extra $100 for the all stainless steel machine? It is up to you... Check out our Gaggia Details Page for more information.Learn More$499.00
This is the original Gaggia home espresso machine in its newly redesigned Thermoset plastic housing. The Baby has been made for over 25 years and is a proven winner. It features the 3-way valve to release excess pressure, or to backflush-clean the machine (see note above about safety), as well as leaving behind a nice dry "puck" for easier cleanup. It has the same internals as the more expensive Classic model (which also has the 3-way valve), and a 64 oz. removable water reservoir. The good news is that unlike the other models, the water reservoir fills from the top! Overall this is a really attractive machine too (hey, looks count when it's out on your kitchen counter all the time). Along with all the other accessories, we also include your choice of 58mm tamper with the Baby (Gaggia includes a plastic tamper with the machine).Learn More$399.00