With these machines, you can control everything: the grind, the temperature, the amount of water, or even the milk foam. They are also generally more affordable than most automatic machines. To help you choose your model, there arehere are two types of filter holders, an important factor to consider depending on your experience with these machineshe pressurized filter holder and the regular filter holder.
The pressurized filter holder is ideal for less experienced baristas, as it creates more pressure to extract an excellent espresso, even if the grind and dosage are not optimal. The regular filter holder is more suitable for high-end machines such as Lelit, which exert more pressure during the extraction process. If you have a good command of the different parameters, a regular filter holder could be sufficient.
The presence of a steam nozzle is also an important point to take into account if you want to be able to froth your milk yourself and obtain a good cappuccino.
The pump, the coffee group, the tank, the maintenance, the size or the cup warmer, several criteria are to be studied to have the machine which will correspond to you the best.