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By the 17th century Italian coffee makers were being used to extract pure and unadulterated coffee in Italy, England and the rest of Europe as cafés sprung like mushrooms in developing cities.
The first espresso coffee machine was invented by Louis Bernard Babaut in 1822. In 1855, the complicated machine was shown publicly at the Paris’s Universal Exposition. In 1903, Luigi Berezza invented a less complicated and faster way to make coffee. The Italian espresso maker patent and rights were bought by Desidero Pavoni giving rise to today’s La Pavoni brand.
Francesco Illy (Illeta) was the first to create an automatic espresso brewer. He used compressed air instead of steam to solve the problem of exploding Italian espresso machines.
However, the modern day Italian espresso maker was invented by Achilles Gaggia sometime in 1945. The added feature of this equipment is the lever action which can still be found in the modern versions of Illeta and Gaggia Italian espresso makers.
In 1950, Ernest Valente invented an electric rotating pump to allow for a continuous and even flow of hot water in the espresso brewer. It seems like the Italians really made an effort to perfect the art of “expressing” coffee.
Best Italian Coffee Machines
There are different brands and makes of Italian coffee machines available today. A true café connoisseur would choose espresso anytime, any day. Drip brew is alright but if it’s strong and pure cuppa you want, then there’s nothing to beat authentic espresso.
If you want to enjoy quality espresso, then the first step is to choose an Italian coffee maker. You can wake up each morning to the delicious aroma of expressed coffee and the option to prepare delicious lattes and cappuccinos. Thanks to modern technology, you can now prepare and drink brewed and expressed coffee in the comforts of your home.
Italian coffee machines come in various types. They are: semi-automatic espresso machines; super-auto espresso machines; manual-lever; ESEPOd and Capsule espresso machines.
Gaggia Classic Stainless Steel Espresso Machine is a semi-automatic brewer that is perfect for the home but nevertheless produces commercial grade brew, delicious and thick with “crema”. It has a turbo frother steam wand complete with a boiler for fast frothing for lattes and cappuccinos. For an Americano, just add hot water (or cold water and ice) for a quick caffeine fix.
DeLonghi Magnifica Super-Auto Espresso Machine ESAM3300 is super-automatic – from whole bean to cup at one touch. The built-in coffee grinder and brewing apparatus do their process automatically up to the dumping of the expressed beans. The cycle takes about 2 minutes then the machine is ready for the next “shot”. Most models have either and automatic frothing system or a steam wand.
The manual level Italian coffee maker is truly for the connoisseur. The La Pavoni Europiccola Lever Espresso Machine EPC-8 features polished chrome finish. Its design is reminiscent of the 1960s but modern technology has been incorporated for more ease in use. The unit expresses fine steam pressure espresso maker and can produce 8 espresso shots. It includes a traditional frothing arm for lattes and cappuccinos.
ESEPOd and capsule espresso machines are used for convenience and ease of use. For ESEPOd a single shot E.S.E. espresso pod is inserted into a pod that for an easy and no mess way to produce espresso. No grinding is necessary. A sample product is the LavAzza EP-850 Espresso Point Machine.
The capsule works the same way as the pod machine. You simply insert pre-filled capsule with ground coffee into the machine and press a few buttons for “instant” rich and authentic espresso,
There is another option for an Italian coffee maker. If you don’t have the time or budget got the above brands and styles of café espresso makers, you can always try the stove top Italian aluminum coffee maker called the “Moka”. You can always try the Miss Moka brand or the Bialetti brand.