An Italian immigrant installed the first espresso machine in Australia in 1954. Today, Italian coffee machine brands are part of Australia’s coffee culture.
But how do you choose a good coffee machine? Considering the choice available, it’s no mean feat.
True caffeine lovers accept nothing but the best home espresso machines.
While it may look like a lofty investment, a good machine delivers returns over time and brings café-quality barista into your home… without requiring you to acquire pro-level skills.
Here’s a list of the top trending Italian coffee machine brands in Australia.
A compact, E61 equipped machine with a powerful 1.8-litre copper boiler, it delivers consistent brew temperatures over long periods. Its heat exchanger boiler brews and steams milk at the same time, which can be quite useful when you have to serve drinks in a hurry.
Although it has a vibratory pump, it’s well-mounted and reasonably quiet. The accessories are top-notch with high-quality steam and water knobs. It even includes cleaning tablets and water test strips.
The Appartamento is small enough to fit on almost any countertop and it’s sufficiently short such that it can fit under most kitchen cabinets.
The Rocket Appartamento is an excellent choice for anyone looking for high steam capacity in a small footprint.
The Rocket Mozzafiato and Giotto:
Each of these machines comes in two versions. The “V” denotes a vibratory pump, while the “Evoluzione R” models use a rotary pump.
Choose a vibratory model if you prefer a slow buildup to brew pressure.
A rotary pump enables connectivity to your main household plumbing, allowing you to have a constant water supply.
|Aside from the pumps, both machines have a 1.8-litre copper heat exchange boiler, allowing you to brew and steam simultaneously.
The E61-thermosiphon group head makes it easy to achieve consistent brew temperatures and allows you to control the machine’s temperature.
Both machines use 2-hole steam tips, of 1.5 mm diameter, which are larger than most machines. The larger holes give you more steam power–enough to froth milk for two medium-sized lattes at the same time.
ECM Classika PID:
Although the most basic of the ECM machines, the Classika is not devoid of features. It comes with the famous E61 group head and a single stainless-steel boiler.
The single boiler means you’ll need to brew and steam separately but this shouldn’t be an issue if you only brew a few cups a day. A built-in shot timer and the ability to adjust brew and steam temperatures are some of the features of the PID.
The silver and chrome plated look of the Synchronika takes your breath away. Clearly, it has the features to back up its good looks.
You can brew and steam at the same time with a dual boiler system.
A subtle silver-coloured PID display allows for individual adjustment of brew and steam temperatures, as well as indicating coffee brewing time and even reminding you to clean the brew group.
The rotary pump allows you to connect it to a fixed household water supply, eliminating the need to fill the reservoir.
ECM Mechanika V Slim:
The Mechanika is deceptive looking. Hidden beneath its beautifully designed, compact frame, is a heat exchanger with a 2.2-litre stainless steel steam boiler, an E61 group head, a quiet vibratory pump and a 3-litre internal water reservoir.
With its large steam boiler and 1400w heating element, the Mechanika produces more steam power than espresso machines that cost twice as much and are significantly larger.
The Mechanika’s ability to pull shots and steam milk simultaneously makes it an ideal choice for anyone looking for maximum power in the smallest possible footprint.
The Lelit Mara has a compact footprint and comes with a 1.8-litre heat exchanger, stainless-steel boiler.
The E61 group head protects your espresso from temperature variations and performs pre-fusion to deliver high-quality espresso with every shot.
An innovative temperature probe sensor controls the temperature of the water during coffee extraction and prevents it from overheating while it circulates inside the brew circuit.
The Bianca like the Lelit Mara comes with the E61 group head and the temperature probe sensor. Unlike the Mara, it has a dual boiler comprised of a 1.5-litre stainless-steel steam boiler and an 800 ml stainless-steel coffee boiler.
Its rotary pump allows for connectivity to fixed household water plumbing, and a PID with an integrated shot timer aids in the production of high-quality espresso.
A flow control device is an excellent addition to the E61 group head. This stainless-steel needle valve regulates the flow of water through the brew group, allowing for more saturation and extraction of your espresso.
Rancilio Silvia V6:
The Rancilio Silvia V6 is a sturdy entry-level machine with plenty of power for an appliance of its class.
The espresso is of the highest quality, thanks to a commercial-grade 58mm group-head that produces a thinner puck of coffee, resulting in better extraction.
The disadvantage is that it takes 20 minutes to heat, which is why you might want to turn it on 20 minutes before making a cappuccino.
Gaggia Classic Pro:
The Gaggia Classic is back in its new avatar of the Gaggia Classic Pro. A reliable and easy to repair workhorse, it comes with a 58 mm group head and is simple to use.
The single boiler means you cannot brew and steam at the same time. You have to purge a lot of water to get the temperature down to that required for espresso brewing.
The Gaggia Classic Pro is not plug-and-play, and brewing the perfect espresso requires some effort. Having said that, it is a good choice for anyone looking for an entry-level machine or for hobbyists interested in trying their hand at brewing.
Despite being a bean-to-cup machine, the Babila is small and compact enough to stay out of the way on the kitchen top. It’s good looking as well with a sturdy metal body and can brew seven varieties of coffee.
To make coffee, simply tap a button and watch the coffee grind and pour. Grind settings let you adjust the 15-step grinder to get the taste just right.
Maintenance is fairly straightforward. The brewing unit pops out, which makes cleaning easy.
The Babila lets you know when to replace the water filter and the manual outlines the exact steps you need to take. Descaling is just as easy with the manual leading you through every step.
Its compact size and multiple varieties of coffee available at the touch of a button, make the Gaggia Babila an attractive purchase option.
That’s it for now. There’s a lot of information in here and I suggest you go through it at your own pace.
If you enjoy espresso drinks and go to the local barista a lot, purchasing one of these machines can potentially save you money in the long run.