There are many different espresso machines that are available and the best espresso machine for you will depend on what you want to use it for.
This post will show you the best five espresso machines to get if you intend to make a lot of macchiatos using it.
In this post, I recommend three different types of espresso machines which are automatic, semi-automatic and pod-style espresso machines.
Automatic machines will make the espresso entirely for you all you need to do is to fill the machine with water and to put coffee beans into the machine. The espresso will tend to taste very fresh as long as you use fresh coffee beans.
Semi-automatic espresso machines require that you grind and tamp the espresso in order to make the espresso. They give you more control over the taste of the espresso but they require more effort to make the espresso.
To make espresso using a pod machine you put water into the machine and a pod with the coffee inside of it then you press a button. Pod machines are easy and quick to use but the espresso won’t be to the same standard as with the other two options but pod machines do still make good espresso.
|Breville Barista Express|
espresso size selector,
grind size selector,
hot water dispenser,
|DeLonghi Magnifica |
|Automatic||Milk frother, |
60 oz water reservoir,
Large Coffee (14 oz),
Gran Lungo (5 oz),
Double Espresso (2.7 oz),
Espresso (1.35 oz)
Uses VertuoLine pods,
Can be bought with
Aeroccino milk frother
|Keurig K-Cafe |
6, 8, 10 and 12 oz
milk frother to make
latte, cappuccino or
flat white with
single or double
The above machines are recommended if you like macchiato because they have proven to be reliable and high-quality machines amongst their users.
Breville Barista Express
The Breville Barista Express is one of the more expensive options on this list. However, it has proven to be one of the most reliable and high-quality machines that you can get to make espresso with.
It is a semi-automatic machine so you’ll need to tamp the coffee grind yourself to make the espresso.
However, you won’t need to grind them since the machine features an automatic grinder that allows you to adjust the fineness and amount of the coffee grind to be used.
To make espresso using the machine you select the grind size and amount that you want, push on a lever using the provided portafilter, tamp the grind, put the portafilter back into the machine and then press a button.
To make macchiato using the machine you make the espresso then use the milk frother that comes with the machine to froth the milk and then add it to the espresso.
The Breville Barista Express also features a hot water dispenser which would be ideal for if you also like to make Americano or long black.
It also comes with a removable drip tray that lets you know when it is full via a device that floats to the top.
You can watch the video below to see more about the Breville Barista Express.
You can also find the Breville Barista Express here on Amazon.
The DeLonghi Magnifica is an update on a previous machine made by DeLonghi that proved to be a very popular machine.
It is an automatic espresso machine so it will make the espresso entirely for you all you need to do is to fill the water reservoir and put coffee beans into the coffee grinder and to press a button.
The advantage of using an automatic machine, like this one, over a pod machine is that the espresso will have a fresher taste due to the fresh coffee beans that you can use.
The DeLonghi Magnifica also lets you control the strength and amount of water to be used for the espresso. This means that you will still have a lot of control over the taste of the espresso.
To make macchiato using the machine you just need to make espresso, froth the milk using the milk frother that the machine comes with and then add it to the espresso.
It also comes with a hot water dispenser that you can use to make Americano or Long Black.
You can watch the video below to see more about the DeLonghi Magnifica and you can check it out here on Amazon.
The VertuoPlus is one of the new types of espresso machine that is being offered by Nespresso.
The VertuoPlus is a pod-style machine so you will need to get pods to use the machine but it will mean that the machine will be quick and easy to use.
The pods that it uses are from the VertuoLine which means that the machine will read the barcode on the pod and gather information about the strength and length of the espresso. This will allow the machine to adjust the way that it makes the espresso based on what it reads on the barcode.
Being a VertuoLine machine means that it will be necessary to get pods specifically made for the VertuoLine which are slightly more expensive and there are less flavors available compared to other pod machines. However, there are still a good amount of flavors to choose from.
You can also get the machine with an Aeroccino milk frother that will allow you to make cappuccino, latte, macchiato or other milk-based drinks using the machine.
It will also allow you to make a number of different drink sizes which are:
- Large Coffee (14 oz),
- Coffee (8oz),
- Gran Lungo (5 oz),
- Double Espresso (2.7 oz),
- Espresso (1.35 oz)
You can watch a video review of the VertuoPlus below and you can find the VertuoPlus here on Amazon.
The Keurig K-cafe is one of the most popular pod-style espresso machines available.
It uses k-pods which are widely available, less expensive than the alternatives and have a wide range of flavors to choose from.
It will also be easy to make macchiato using the machine since it features an automatic milk frother that you can use to add milk foam to the espresso once it is made.
The Keurig K-Cafe will also make a range of coffee sizes which are 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
You can see a video review of the machine below and you can find the Keurig K-Cafe here on Amazon.
The DeLonghi Dedica is an espresso machine that has been around for a number of years now that has proven to be a reliable and high-quality machine.
It is a semi-automatic machine so you will need to grind the beans and tamp them yourself. However, this also will give you more control over the taste of the espresso.
The machine features a lot of stainless steel which is uncommon for a machine at its price point.
It will not be difficult to make macchiato using the machine since it comes with a milk frother that you can use to froth the milk for the macchiato.
It also has a hot water dispenser that you could use to make long black or Americano.
You can watch the video below to see a 6 month review of the machine.
You can find the DeLonghi Dedica here on Amazon.