Choosing Your Ideal Coffee & Espresso Machine

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When it comes to choosing the perfect coffee beans for your daily brew, you must look at several different aspects of the coffee bean itself, but of course, this does vary with each individual due to different tastes.

Choosing The Best Bean

Being that there are two types of coffee beans to mainly choose from two being Arabica and Robusta, now these two beans are complete opposites of each other. From color to location, to taste and smell, both the Arabica and Robusta beans differ in several ways.

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Being that there are two types of coffee beans to mainly choose from two being Arabica and Robusta, now these two beans are complete opposites of each other. From color, to location, to taste and smell, both the Arabica and Robusta beans differ in several ways.

The location has a lot of meaning behind the taste of coffee beans but if you don’t have experience with coffee tasting, each grind from both of the beans will only taste slightly different if you’re new!

What I suggest is looking for a grind that fits what you specifically enjoy most to most people it is the aroma that sells it to them.

See Also: The Kitchen Guy’s post about Lao Coffee!

Grind & Color

Having that daily cup of coffee right in the morning is what most of us do, and I don’t blame any of you since it is just one of the many great moments of the day. So, in order to choose a grind of coffee you most definitely want one that you would be able to look forward to drinking every morning.

Now being that there are different types of bean roasts, this gives you some good options. If you want something that is going to be bitter to your taste buds go for a coffee bean that has a dark shine to it and if you want a coffee with more of a smooth taste without the harsh bite, go for the lightly colored coffee beans. 

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Choosing The Right Coffee Machine

Sure, the beans are important to your everyday beverage, but do you know what is more important? The machine that brews those delicate coffee beans.

There are several machines out in the market today and it can be mind-boggling when researching all of them. When researching there are 3 specific specs you should look out for if you want the best of the best for you and your home.

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How to choose a coffee machine

Firstly, you should look at the dimensions of the water tank the machine has, from experience, the general consensus for a pleasing water tank is around 1.5-2 liters, which will ensure you that you won’t be running out of water on your first brew.

Another aspect that you will need to look into would have to be the machine’s maintenance system, does it possess a “clean me” light? Does it let you know if it needs to be cleaned in any way?

With these functions, you are able to take the stress out of the picture due to not having to worry about when you should clean it!

Lastly, another important function you should look for when choosing your perfect machine would have to be the type of boiler system that is integrated within it. The main two types of boilers are the single boiler and the double boiler.

What about the boiler?

The single boiler usually in smaller appliances, a single boiler has a thermostat that heats the water up to a specific brewing temperature as well as another thermostat is used to heat water to a higher degree for the steamer.

Due to this, the machine is unable to pull shots and steam at the same time. A double boiler system has one boiler for steaming and one for brewing, double boilers have the potential to steam and pull shots at the same time. Double boilers are also known for having more precision.


Choosing the right espresso machine is an important process if you want your perfect cup of coffee, not just one coffee, but your daily coffee.

Thanks to my friend Mitch, who somewhat of a coffee expert and wrote this great post for The Kitchen Guy.