I’m guessing you’re a coffee lover and have decided to get an espresso machine because you’re tired of visiting the coffee shop. Well, you’re welcome to the tug of war between semi-automatic espresso makers and their super automatic counterparts. Here’s is a direct comparison of the two devices that will help you make the right decision.
Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines
These babies have been around since the 1940s and are currently the most popular machines in the coffee making market. They are equipped with an electric pump that maintains pressure ideal for espresso making, a boiler, a port filter and a control switch that allows you determine the final quality of the espresso. Semi-autos also feature a water reservoir which must be regulated manually so you don’t have to refill the machine for every brew shot.
The automated electric pump technology featured on semi-autos saves you the stress of worrying about pressure. Otherwise, the machine keeps you in control of the other processes like tamping, grinding and power control over the machine.
The user-friendliness of these devices has helped them stay relevant in the coffee industry for a very long time. These machines are really easy to use and quite budget-friendly. In addition to the above features, the elegant design of the device gives you the alternative of brewing tea or café Americanos.
Super-Automatic Espresso Machines
These are simply devices of convenience. They basically do everything for you. The higher budget used in purchasing super automatics compensate for the times and effort used in making your espressos. They are well equipped with different technologies that include a burr grinder, an inbuilt automatic brewing system. It even tamps the right amount of coffee. So all you have to do is supply the beans, push a button and the cup and wait for your espresso to be served. The machine is the definition of sophistication. It turns itself off if left idle for about 3 hours.
Super autos possess an inbuilt feature that allows you preset a few things that help you customize the taste of your brew from the strength of the espresso to the texture of the frothed milk. Some of these machines offer automatic steaming and frothing features which allows you brew a wide array of beverages.
They are also quite easy to operate.
Which Machine Type Is Best?
Now you have a basic knowledge of both devices and their modes of operation. There is no ‘best’ machine. There’s only one that’s best for YOU. An application is the most paramount factor when it comes to buying an espresso maker. For example, someone running a coffeehouse would be better off buying a super automatic espresso maker; to save time and for purposes of convenience. If you’re one who likes to have his coffee brewed in a specific way then semiautomatics are the best for you because they give you control over the procedures.
Also, if you’re not dedicated enough to maintain the machine then you should seriously consider the super automatic machines because they are relatively easy to maintain and clean.