Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines
Be your own barista! Semi-automatic espresso machines offer just the right amount of control over how your espresso is made at home. While they may look different, the basic functionality of a semi-automatic espresso machine includes a boiler, a portafilter and a switch or lever to perform the extraction. You’ll still grind and tamp your espresso (or insert an espresso pod), start the extraction and then steam or froth your milk as necessary. Semi-automatic espresso machines fall into two different types:
- Manual Control: On these semi-automatic espresso machines, the shot is initiated and you stop it once you decide the extraction is complete, usually in 20-30 seconds. This offers real-time control over the length of your extractions
- Programmable Doses: These semi-automatic espresso machines allow you to program the extraction to stop after a specific amount of time.
For espresso lovers who want a machine that offers stability and control without breaking the bank, Breville created the Breville Infuser. It provides steady low-pressure pre-infusion that gives espresso shots a full flavor and aroma in every sip. The Infuser incorporates built in PID temperature control. Learn More$499.99
The DeLonghi EC860 Espresso Machine combines the control of a semi-automatic with the freedom of a superautomatic, all in one compact, stainless-steel machine. Unlike other entry-level espresso machines, the EC860 incorporates an automatic cappuccino system that froths your milk and pulls your shots right into your cup. Then when you're ready to upgrade to creating your own frothy drinks, the EC860's interchangeable traditional steam wand will make you feel like you're a home barista. Learn More$499.95