Containing higher levels of caffeine – and steeze – than filter coffee, the espresso is a quintessential drink of Italy that's revolutionised the way in which we consume our coffee.
Layered first with the heart as the bitter bottom layer, the body in the middle and the sweeter golden crema as the top layer, the espresso boasts complexity in not just aroma but texture.
Forming the foundations of your cappuccinos, long blacks, lattes and so on and so forth, the espresso is brewed by forcing near-boiling water through finely ground coffee with high pressure.
So, whether you're wanting to hone your in-house barista potential or you're endeavouring to tighten the purse strings by forgoing the local every morning, investing in an espresso machine surely won't be the wildest idea you'll have this year.
From cruisy afternoon cappuccinos to dinner party dessert macchiatos, we've curated an edit of home espresso machines to give you a daily dose of la dolce vita.
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