Today’s espresso machines punctuate the world’s ever-growing popularity of espresso and the espresso café experience. Indeed, today’s espresso makers are tailored for every conceivable use including home, office, institutional and even portable applications.
In 1903, Luigi Bezzera discovered that coffee could be brewed much faster by adding pressure to the coffee process. A manufacturer, Bezzera invented the “fast coffee machine.” In Italian, espresso means fast so the first espresso machine was aptly named.
Bezzera’s machine not only brewed a faster cup of coffee but the process maintained the distinctive frothy, aromatic and flavor qualities still associated with espresso. However, while Bezzera was an excellent inventor he lacked the marketing skills to make his machine famous.
In 1905, Desidiro Pavoni bought the rights to Bezzera’s patent and began an extremely successful marketing campaign. Pavoni’s consistent and vigorous promotion of his espresso machines soon transformed the coffee habit of Italy. Espresso became a way of life and enjoyment. As with all things Italian, where there is passion, there is fire. The Italian passion for espresso soon crossed international borders and the beginning of an espresso cultural revolution began.
Pavoni’s efforts paid dividends and an entirely new industry and manufacturing process was launched. As the demand for espresso increased, so did the demand for more efficient and consistent espresso machines.
Top High End Machines
As the popularity of espresso grew, both residential and commercial consumers sought the newest and most technologically enhanced espresso machines. As with every market, when the demand increases, the competition rises to the top with innovations and stylish designs and technology.
Doubtless, Luigi Bezzera would be astounded by the look, operation and astounding brewing capabilities of today’s espresso machines. Today espresso machine options include basic hands-on manual or lever controlled brewing machines, semi-automatic machines, automatic machines and now the super-automatic machines.
Prices for these espresso machines can range anywhere from $50.00 to $4,000.00. Needless to say, there is a lot to learn about espresso machines before making your purchase.
Here are a few steps to consider in your search.
- Know your grinder. Many connoisseurs believe the espresso machine is only as good as the grinder.
- Be realistic and understand the lifespan of your espresso machine. Closely research the warranty and guarantee.
- Understand the differences between manual, semi-automatic, automatic and super automatic espresso machines.
- Check online resources for reviews and comments about the machines you are considering.
Yes, there is certainly much to consider when purchasing an espresso machine. But, for the espresso lover, the perfect machine is out there just waiting to make your espresso dreams come true.