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cappuccinoChoosing the right cappuccino maker can seem like a daunting task. I mean after all, one glance at Amazon and I see prices ranging from $65 to $1,700! What gives with that? How can one cup of specialty coffee require a $1,700 machine to make it? Well, since cappuccino is made from espresso, it all goes back to how to make a really great shot of espresso! Once you understand that, buying the right cappuccino maker will be a cinch…if you’ve got the dough, that is!

Okay, there are basically three types of espresso makers, steam, pump driven models, and automatics. The price difference between steam powered cappuccino makers and the automatics is huge. For instance, a Mr. Coffee steam machine will set you back a mere $65 or so. A DeLonghi Magnifica Digital-Super Automatic Cappuccino machine costs more than $1,400! Is it worth it? Well, “worth” is a relative concept, but sure…why not.

Steam Espresso Makers

Steam powered cappuccino machines are really the low end of the spectrum. You can have fun with them, sure, but if you’re really serious about your cappuccino, then no… a steam powered machine won’t work.

Firstly, the water temperature for brewing espresso should be way under the boiling temperature. Pushing steam through the coffee puck results in boiling the grounds. Not a desirable brewing technique…
Secondly, the pressure that the machine pushed the water through the coffee grounds is too low. You’ll never get that rich flavor, and that layer of froth of authentic espresso. In a cappuccino the featured drink is espresso, and milk is added just to tone it down a bit. You can see why getting a real espresso machine is a must, when you prepare a cappuccino.

Espresso ShotPump Driven Espresso Machines

Pump driven espresso machines can create the steam and pressure for an authentic shot. They also have good frothers, so you can steam your milk nicely. However, semiautomatic espresso machines are not that easy to use; you have to get everything else right, for a great cappuccino. For instance, how finely you grind the beans, how hard you tamp your grounds in the portafilter, and many other parameters, are very important for you final result. These machines are also known as semi-automatics. They are great for hobbyists, and for the aficionados, but not so great for the busy mom who has the busiest schedule ever.

Fully Automatic Espresso Machines

This is where automatic cappuccino makers come into the picture. With the mere pressing of a button, you have a perfect cup of espresso. With a computer controlled temperature for the frothed milk, you’ve got perfect cappuccino. It all comes at a price, however. If your budget allows it, get a super automatic, if you are willing to learn the skills, and use a semiautomatic, you can save a lot of money. Here are some great cappuccino makers, ranging from $100 to over $1000. When choosing one of those machines, there is no wrong or right, it’s what works best for you.

Tips and Tricks to Make Great Cappuccino

There is an art and a science behind making a very good cup of cappuccino. A cappuccino has three layers: espresso, steamed milk, and the top layer is the milk foam which results from the steaming. For an ideal cup of cappuccino, these three parts have to be in a perfect proportion and at the perfect temperature. According to Illy, the renowned Italian coffee roaster, a cappuccino contains 25 ml of espresso, and 85 ml of milk. Just a few years ago, making a cappuccino was reserved for the skilled barista, and making it at home was not possible. However the widespread availability of automatic machines has made it very simple for anybody to make a cappuccino.

Semi-Automatic vs Fully Automatic

 A semi automatic machine will brew espresso, the most fundamental ingredient in a cappuccino. The semi-automatic has a frother, the will help you steam milk. Depending on the level of automation, you can have additional controls like a PID, and an0 advanced temperature control device.

With fully automatic machines, all operations will be done for you: grind the espresso beans, tamp the coffee puck, control the pressure and the temperature, steam the milk and finally mix the coffee and milk. It will even dump the coffee puck after brewing, and self clean when needed. Quite impressive …

If you ask me, the fully automatic machine is the right choice; however, the budget dictates what we buy many times.

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Maria works as a barista in a small coffee shop, and is an aspiring blogger in her free time. In between she maintains her Facebook fan page about coffee.

We Brits are simple folk…!
Originally satisfied with Nescafe Red Agglomerated coffee, we graduated slowly to Nescafe Gold blend Freeze Dried … Now we are increasingly demanding those gourmet coffee experiences we have enjoyed away from home, at home

As an appreciator of good coffee, I have to say that this is good news!

How you enjoy fresh coffee in your home is as much a matter of taste. As a nation, French Press is the most popular method of preparation, with 32% of us using a cafetiere at home, 23 % a filter machine, 14% a pod machine and 14% an espresso machine…

If we drill down into this  data a little, we immediately see that it is portioned, single serve espresso that is the beneficiary of this major change in at home fresh coffee consumption patterns

The single serve espresso market is big, valued in Europe alone at c 3.5 > 4 B € pa and is growing at c 10 > 15 % CAGR

Why has it been so successful?

The espresso lifestyle is aspirational, Mediterranean, young and sexy and the new wave of machines are style statements we are proud to display in our kitchens

Consumer demands for Health & Wellness mean that single portion; fresh, consistent quality espresso is on trend

Conspicuous consumption is the new king and espresso finds itself right time and right place…

Finally, we have become accustomed to paying £2 > £3 for a gourmet coffee away from home….this has created a benchmark, which means that 40p + for a Nespresso capsule at home, now seems fair value!

And it is Nespresso which leads the way in the Single Serve Espresso market place…Now one of Nestlé’s ‘Billionaire’ brands, it grew by 23% last year to an estimated $3.5 B USD

Well protected by various trademarks and patents, none of the other major players, like Kraft with Tassimo or Lavazza with Modo Mio or Point have managed yet to emulate the success, the style, the sophistication or the market share!

Yesterday’s news that Starbucks will be entering the single serve market place was no surprise to most pundits……  only that it had taken so long to launch an integrated product range

But you know what there is another way!

We do not need to swallow the corporate solutions and pay the price the greedy corporate machines demand for their lock and key coffee systems

Companies like Aromo offer an intelligent solution – The ESE Easy Serving Espresso Pod

The ESE pod can be used in any espresso machine, domestic or catering, which would usually use loose product

It is completely bio degradable and compostable

Costs about half that of a Nespresso capsule

Is simple and easy to use

Gives you a finished product of excellent quality, flavour and performance

Is quick and easy to use

And delivers portion controlled freshness each and every time..

It’s a no brainer really!

Simple, yet devastatingly effective, with a tiny carbon foot print, today’s discerning espresso fashionista chooses the ESE Easy Serving Espresso pod…one espresso pod…many style statements

This article was written by Guru who writes for aromocoffee.co.uk, the UK’s leading online retailer of 44mm E.S.E espresso coffee pods