Our recommendation for all those who don’t want to go without a really good espresso at home. The machine has a robust design and only reaches its limits when foaming milk. If this is not that important to you, the Quickmill is the ideal choice for you.The Rocket is a dual-circuit device that delivers what it promises. All the espresso shots we pulled were excellent. It was easy for us to quickly find the right grind for optimal extraction. The high-quality manufacturing speaks for itself, with its 20 kg the machine, once assembled, does not move so fast from the place. Every function of the machine was well thought out and kept to a minimum. There is no PID control, no possibility to regulate temperature and pressure. The length of the cover is determined manually via the brewing lever – simple and precise. We recommend it to everyone who is looking for an uncomplicated and durable machine. For coffee nerds who want to experiment with all the factors involved in making espresso, we recommend the ECM, which promises the same espresso quality and more scope for adjustment, but with a slight reduction in milk foam.The Sage Bambino Plus is recommended for the first steps into the world of espresso and for all those who do not place high demands on their machine and espresso. It takes some time to set up the machine and grinder correctly, as the volume of the sieve support is very small and the machine can build up only little pressure. Coffee nerds will therefore not be happy with the machine. We were impressed by the automatic milk froth function, which is easy to operate and produces good milk froth that can be used to conjure up latte art. Our conclusion: machines like the Rancilio Silvia or Quickmill Orione are better value for money. The Sage Bambino Plus offers a good start, but after a short time the machine makes you want to have more adjustment possibilities.Yes, we only recommend products that we would buy ourselves. For the espresso machine test, we tested many devices against each other. Product tests are also a good way for us to see how well our previous selection performs against other machines. Whenever products convince us in the test, we include them in our range.The Linea Mini brings your favorite café directly into your own coffee kitchen – at least that’s how it feels. Because the Linea Mini ensures a first-class espresso experience. The Linea Mini is the highest quality machine in this test, and we were not disappointed. The manufacturing and design of the machine are extremely high quality and don’t let anything go missing. Despite its many functions, the machine can be put into operation easily within minutes using the Quick Starter Guide. Numerous functions can be controlled via the accompanying app: Boiler temperature control, pre-infusion settings, stand-by mode, analyses of espresso consumption and much more. With the Linea Mini, espresso can be prepared at a constant professional level and provides an unbeatable overall experience.With the Bezzera Unica, creamy espresso shots can be prepared at a high level. The single-circuit machine heats up quickly and offers a very good price-performance ratio. Here, brewing and steam temperature can be set individually. Ideal for those who like to experiment with different brewing temperatures. The machine takes only a minute to switch from brew to steam mode. A small display shows the temperature and the current mode. In terms of taste, it makes a very good espresso that runs through evenly. Compared to other machines in this category, the espresso beans can be ground finer here, as the machine builds up enough pressure to push the water through the finely ground espresso. The steam lance has decent power at the beginning, but loses some temperature and pressure when foaming. Nevertheless, a pot of milk for two cappuccinos can be frothed without problems. From the outside, the Bezerra makes a very professional impression. It has a high-quality finish, is small and compact, and we like it very much. Only the cup tray and the drip tray seem a bit wobbly in their construction. Rather negative: When opening the steam cover, it splashes quite a bit and due to the compact design, some spots cannot be easily reached with a damp cloth during cleaning. We recommend replacing the included plastic tamper with a higher quality one. Premium machines are characterized by a consistently high espresso quality. Dual boilers have two boilers, so espresso and steam can be drawn independently and almost endlessly without having to accept fluctuations in pressure or temperature.The Ascaso Dream PID is a real gem. The machine is very compact and therefore a good solution for small coffee kitchens. An eye-catcher are the illuminated water tank, the handle of the sieve holder and the wooden steam wheel. The aluminium finish of the Ascaso Dream makes it very light. However, this turned out to be a disadvantage for us, as we had to hold the machine while clamping the sieve carrier to prevent it from slipping. The installed thermoblock is ready for operation after only 1 – 2 minutes. With the Ascaso, reference time, brewing temperature and pump pressure can be set manually. Another positive feature is the steam lance for foaming milk. This has a lot of power and can also be used to froth large quantities of milk without any problems.Our recommendation for all who attach great importance to the appearance of their machine. The manufacturing and the look of the machine are very high quality and modern. Special eye-catcher: The illuminated work surface. The machine is a dual-circuit and equipped with two thermoblocks, which promise a very fast heating-up time of 2 minutes. The adjustment of the espresso went without any problems and we could achieve very good espresso results. The sieve carriers of the machine are the best that were present in this test. The machine is aimed at all those who enjoy a pure espresso. The frothing of the milk did not convince us compared to the other machines in this category. Those who don’t care about perfect milk froth will be very happy with the machine.The BZ10 is one of the most popular machines for home use. The electrically heated brewing group guarantees a fast heat-up time and a constant extraction. The two-circuit machine also convinces with good milk foam results. This machine impresses with its noble design and can be immediately assigned to the house of Bezzera due to the typical rocker arms. It works with the electrically heated Bezzera brewing group, which is easier to completely clean and maintain than the E61. This makes for an excellent espresso, with the possibility of frothing milk at the same time. The 1.5 l boiler already offers considerably more volume for the water vapor, which escapes more dryly than with single-circuit brewing units. You have to do without other features, but the price speaks for itself. With the iconic machine you can brew good espresso after only 4:45 minutes heating time. The machine builds up enough pressure to extract an espresso with a stable extraction time. Flaw: It is not possible to check with how much bar the machine pushes the water through, because a manometer is missing. The Rancilio Silvia gathers a large community of handicraft fans behind it, because it is technically very simple and you can repair or modify it yourself. So th
e Silvia offers a lot of room for later upgrades. Also its robust (but not very shiny) construction speaks for a long lasting companion. Similar to the Quickmill, the Silvia reaches its limits when it comes to milk foam. In comparison, it succeeds qualitatively better, and after some practice it is possible to create fine milk foam.We love coffee and are busy all day long with nothing else. In 2010 we started our journey into the world of coffee, since then we have learned a lot. From growing and roasting to making really good coffee, we would like to share our knowledge with you. We only recommend products that we would also recommend to our friends.
Dual-circuit systems have two water circuits with different temperatures, which can provide scalding water and steam independently of each other. This eliminates the waiting time between espresso and steam supply.The ECM makes the heart beat faster for fans of pure espresso. The single-circulator convinces with a very good espresso quality and simple and intuitive operation. The simple design looks good in any kitchen, and the stainless steel housing has a high-quality finish. The water temperature and brewing pressure can be easily adjusted for optimum extraction. The machine is compact and yet offers enough space to fit espresso cups and a scale under the sieve rack. When foaming milk, the ECM performs less well because not enough pressure is built up for this, so that the milk becomes watery when you stop letting the milk nozzle drain. A small shortcoming that can be overcome with practice: Be careful with the outer parts of the machine to avoid burning your fingers.
The low-cost dual-boiler is characterized by efficiency and functionality. Thanks to the ring brewing group, the small boilers and the relatively strong heating elements, the machine from ECM’s German sister company is ready to start in an incredible 6 minutes. Here too, the PID allows precise control of the brewing temperature and also displays the brewing time in seconds. If there is a lack of water in the tank, the machine switches off automatically and fortunately does not need any tubes that are susceptible to germs. The price is right, performance even more so, only the futuristic design is a matter of taste.
The Thermoblock process not only has the advantage that you can get your espresso very quickly, but also that you have enough steam for really good milk foam after only a few seconds. However, if you are foaming milk for several people at the same time or drinking a lot of coffee with milk, we recommend that you use an espresso machine with a steam boiler, as it has even more power.