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Espresso Machines

The brew produced by espresso machines gives a jolt of energy few beverages can match. Brewing espresso requires grinding coffee beans to a fine dust and then pushing hot, highly pressurized water through a layer of those fine grounds. There are many espresso machines for sale that make the brewing process easier.

How Espresso and Coffee Are Different
Although both are made from coffee beans and pack a caffeine punch, espresso and coffee are very different. Coffee tends to be thin and washes through the drinker's mouth like water, whereas the best espresso machines produce espresso that has a rich, thick consistency and coats the drinker's mouth, awakening all of the taste buds on its way down. A dark, foamy layer of crema produced during the brewing process tops off each cup. Overall, the best espresso makers produce a thick liquid that tastes like coffee, but leaves a rich, nutty flavor behind long after it's gone.
There are four types of espresso coffee machines available from Staples.

Manual

Manual espresso machines are the most complicated. Generally, these units require users to repeatedly press a lever to push water through the coffee wafer. Manual espresso makers have no pumps to produce the espresso. The whole brewing process is left up to the user, and the quality of the espresso varies widely depending on the extent of the user's brewing expertise.

Semi-automated

Semi-automated espresso machines include electric pumps that automatically push water through the coffee wafer, as well as controls to maintain optimal water temperature. These units are much easier to operate than manual machines, and the consistency and quality of the espresso doesn't depend as much on the user's brewing experience. But because users must turn the water pump on and off to manually control the volume of water pushed through the coffee wafer, these espresso makers are referred to as semi-automated.

Fully Automated

Fully automated espresso makers are a lot like semi-automated units, except they include a mechanism that allows users to program the amount of water that is pushed through the coffee wafer; thus, they are referred to as fully automatic espresso machines.

Super-automated

Although semi-automated and fully automated espresso makers require little or no input from users during the brewing process, both these models still need users to grind the coffee beans to a fine dust and create the coffee wafer. For many consumers, that leaves too much room for error, so they opt for super-automated espresso machines that not only include all the bells and whistles of fully automated units, but also grind the coffee beans and create the coffee wafer. Super-automated units are often considered the best espresso machines because they are the easiest to use and produce the most consistent cup of espresso.
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Gaggia Titanium Super-Automatic Espresso Machine
Item : WYF078276129598 / Model : 90500
  • Features & Benefits:Accessories Included: 7 gram coffee scoop,Water hardness test strip, and grinder cleaning brush
  • Gaggia's Turbo Frothing: Gaggia's Turbo Frothing Wand allows you to steam and froth milk for cappuccinos and lattes with the greatest of ease. Extremely user-friendly and precise, you'll have gr
  • Cobalt Blue LCD Display: The easy-to-read display guides you through the brewing process and provides alerts and programming information. It will notify you when you when it is time to run the c
$968.99
Each
Gaggia Accademia Espresso Machine
Item : WYF078275427457 / Model : 1003380
  • Espresso machine
  • One touch operation
  • Seven programmable customized drink selections
$1,649.00
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Gaggia Brera Espresso Machine; Black
Item : WYF078275427656 / Model : 59101
  • Compact espresso machine
  • Stainless steel front panel and cup stand
  • Rapid steam technology
$429.95
Each