Espresso at home
Most home espresso machine owners tell me never to get a home machine for two reasons:
- The less than $1,000 machines can’t compare to the well-maintained $10,000 cafÃ© machines you’re used to drinking coffee from.
- You don’t want access to that much espresso where you live and like to sleep. You’ll wreck your nerves and stop sleeping.
I have heard excellent things about big-food mega-power Nestle’s Nespresso machine. They are very low-maintenance, well-priced and produce very good coffee. The only problem is that you can only get your fix in special coffee-filled capsules from them. You are tied to Nestle for your daily coffee.
Coffee is one of those politically sensitive substances like sugar, cocoa or even bananas. Nestle has published a paper (PDF) on Fair Trade, but they are not participating on moral grounds — they don’t believe it is a solution to poverty.
No matter what you believe, you are making a commitment by supporting razor and blades business model product.
Now back to the useful stuff… If you are interested in the home game edition, you will appreciate that Consumer Reports has published some ratings on home espresso machines, and contrary to regular protocol have provided access to the ratings section for free.
Consumer Reports Buyer’s Guide: Espresso makers