Automatic Espresso Machines vs. Manual Machines

One of the most awesome things on which you can reflect about modern technology is the automatic advancements that have been made over the course of generations. Just think back to the first automobiles on the road. Did you know that people would have to wind them up manually via a gear box to get them to run? The same thing is true with old clothes dryers. You personally would have to turn the barrel by hand over a heating source. Needless to say, today’s machines are far superior, and the automatic nature of technology certainly helps out with convenience. And you can also find these fully automated machines able to brew your espresso at home. Automated machines are relatively new, but already they’re taking off tremendously.

Of course, automated machines aren’t the only type of machine on the market. You can still find manual espresso machines if you’re inclined in that way. So, which machine is the right type for your personal tastes? Let’s have a look at automated and manual machines to figure things out.

Which Type of Machine Is Right for You?

First up on the list, let’s talk a little bit about manual machines, often called manual level machines. These are machines that don’t do much in the realm of automation. Everything that needs to be done here will essentially need to be done by you personally. You will have to grind your coffee beans separately. Then, after the beans have been ground, you will have to tamp them down into the puck-like shape necessary for brewing espresso. After that, you will have to pull the level to force the steam through the coffee grounds. The harder you pull it, the better the espresso will be. As you might imagine, this is quite a lot of work. And adding to that work is the fact that most manual lever machines have, at best, very basic milk frothers which require a lot of effort. They can still make some of the best coffee you’ve ever had, and they’re certainly a lot more affordable, but the word “manual” is definitely key here.

More expensive than manual models, automated espresso machines can basically do it all. They are often referred to as “bean-to-cup” machines, and that’s because they not only grind the beans for you, but they also tamp the beans down, brew the espresso, and then froth the milk for you. All you need to do, with most models, is make sure the machine has enough water in it. These machines have a lot of moving parts and a lot of power. They can easily tamp down your coffee and force the steam through, and the contained milk frothers do the work in a hands-free fashion that allows you to simply place you cup under the nozzle when you’re ready for the milk.

As you can plainly see, both types of machine produce quality espresso, but one takes your manual labor, while the other is automated. Think about things like your budget and how much time you have to make your coffee. Weigh your decision carefully before deciding which machine type is right for you.


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