The best coffee and espresso machines: Perfect coffee every time

Coffee. The elixir of life. For many of us, our day doesn't begin until after we've had a fresh, hot cup of coffee or a latte. Brewing the perfect coffee is an art form, and it's not always convenient to pop out for a professionally made cup. Don't worry though. With the right tools, you can brew like a professional.

The best coffee and espresso machines: Perfect coffee every time

You can source and buy the highest-grade organic coffee beans known to earth, but without the proper tools to brew it, you’re no better off for all of your searching. If you’ve ever talked to someone passionate about their coffee, you know people tend to have a preferred way to brew that they swear by. In our never-ending journey to make your decision fatigue a little less overwhelming, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best coffee and espresso machines to get you started.

The types and costs are extremely varied, so we’ll help you out by starting with the simplest, cheapest options and moving our way up the list to dream coffee machines.

Twist Press Portable Coffee Maker

We all have those mornings. Your alarm doesn’t go off. The dog made a mess in the kitchen. You can’t find your car keys. And to top it all off, you don’t have time to make a cup of coffee or stop at the coffee shop on your way to work. The Twist Press Portable Coffee Maker has you covered. Now, you can brew a fantastic cup of coffee in only 30 seconds. At the low price of under $20, it’s a safe bet to purchase one of these to have for those mornings when you’re short on time or to take with you on trips. Since we all know those hotel machines aren’t the greatest.

Chemex Glass Coffee Brewer

The Chemex process is one of the best ways to make coffee. It’s simple, and sometimes simple is all you need. This Chemex Glass Coffee Brewer is one of the best coffee gadgets for that morning cup of joe. This coffee brewer will bring out the richest flavors from your beans, and look elegant while doing it. Many Chemex brewers only brew a single cup, but this design will allow you to brew three cups at once, so you can get a head start on having that second cup. At $48, it’s a step up, but worth it.

Bodum Chambord & Bistro Coffee Set

If you’re a coffee connoisseur, you know that French press coffee is some of the best coffee you can drink. It’s rich and flavorful, and those high-quality coffee beans we talked about make all the difference. But they require a coarse grind. Which is why we love this Bodum Chambord & Bistro Coffee Set. Many people don’t have a coffee grinder if they are just getting into different ways to brew coffee. This $50 set comes with a grinder, so you don’t need to worry about buying pre-ground beans that won’t taste as good, or finding a grinder to buy.

Keurig K-Mini Plus Portable Coffee Maker

For some people, all they care about is that their coffee is quick and convenient. We get it. There are definitely times when ease and accessibility trump anything else. And if you can make it portable too? Sign us up. The Keurig K-Mini Plus Portable Coffee Maker is the solution for those who don’t want to fuss with grinding beans and boiling water separately. Keurig always delivers the best coffee machines for a great cup of coffee. Plus, the K-cup options are practically endless. At $91.99, this is a steal.

MiniPresso Handheld Espresso Maker

Mmmm, espresso. Rich, dark, strong… But it’s not always readily and easily available. Not everyone has the time to let an espresso pot do its thing on the stovetop, and most people don’t have an espresso machine in the house. The MiniPresso Handheld Espresso Maker by Wacaco Company is the answer to your espresso needs. And the best thing? It’s portable. If you need a quick pick-me-up-shot in the middle of the afternoon, you can have one of the best espresso machines tucked away in your desk. Just add grounds and hot water and press a button. No batteries or charging required. At $159, this is an espresso gadget to put on your I Want list.

Breville Bambino Plus Compact Espresso Machine

What if you’ve worked your way through the rest of this list? You might be ready to move on to the big leagues and make more of an investment in your at-home coffee needs. The next step up is an espresso machine. But if you don’t want to go all-out on a full-size machine, the Breville Bambino Plus Compact Espresso Machine is the perfect next step. At $399.95, it’s a lower-cost investment and is still one of the best coffee and espresso machines around. You’ll feel just like a barista with this machine sitting on your counter, and you’ll be able to enjoy cafe-quality coffee with the push of a button and without the trip. Plus, you can practice your latte art.

Rocket Espresso Appartamento Compact Espresso Machine

Ready to take your love of lattes even further? Try the Rocket Espresso Appartamento Compact Espresso Machine on for size. At $1750, you’ll be making an investment in your taste buds, and they’ll thank you for it. We like that this machine is next level but still won’t take up a ton of room on the counter. If you’re like us, you need all the space for kitchen gadgets you can get.

Elemental Beverage Snapchiller Instant Drink Cooler

For those with a hefty budget ($5995, to be exact), a love for the best coffee and espresso machines, and who have transcended all other coffee machines, we’ve got the appliance for you. Cold-brew coffee takes for-ev-er to brew. About 12-15 hours, to be exact. With the Elemental Beverage Snapchiller Instant Drink Cooler, you can fulfill all of your instant gratification desires. With this, you’ll be able to take a 12-ounce drink of 180° to cold in a minute. It isn’t cold brew though; it’s cooler. You won’t need to dilute this coffee like you do with cold brew.

With this list of the best coffee and espresso machines, you can go anywhere from mild to wild. How do you like to brew your coffee? Do you have a machine you can’t live without? Let us know in the comments.

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Meet Tera Cuskaden

Tera has worked in the publishing industry since 2004 and considers the written word her first love. When she's not writing or editing, she's usually traveling, knitting, or binge-watching Netflix.
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