Ultimate Guide to Choose the Best Espresso Machine

May 25, 2023 5 min read

Guide ultime pour choisir la meilleure machine espresso - Café Barista

 

 

Finding the ideal machine is not easy, there are so many choices that it can be difficult to choose a specific model, but no need to panic! Our team is here to help you choose from our selection of manual espresso machines. We also want to give you the opportunity to compare them by what type of coffee drinker you are. Do not hesitate to contact us if you want more information about these machines.

 

Are you someone who likes to drink high-quality coffee and make milk-based beverages?

If a good coffee is a crucial part of your routine and you like nothing more than the simple pleasure of frothing milk to perfection, then we think that you will like one of the following machines:

Stone Lite

Stone Lite espresso machine


PriceBetween $1,649.00 and $1,749.00 + tax (depending on the style).

Colours available: Premium Stainless, Black, White.

Main characteristics: The Lite model from Stone is an ultra-compact modern industrial design. Ready to use in just ten minutes, the Stone Lite offers professional performance at a low price, with metal components to ensure the machine’s durability. The heat exchanger system also allows you to froth milk and pull espressos at the same time.


Stone

Stone espresso machine


Price: Between $1,975.00 and $2,700.00 + tax (depending on the style).

Colours available: Pure, Plus, Mine Green, Mine Black, Mine Premium Chrome, Mine Premium Wood.

Main characteristics: With its modern style and magnetic exterior panels, the Stone will turn heads without hogging counter space! With its exceptional heat exchanger this machine offers professional extraction at an affordable price. Like the Lite model, you can froth milk and pull espressos at the same time and it is ready to use in just ten minutes.


Rocket Appartamento

Rocket Appartamento espresso machine


Price:Between $2,595.00 and $2,795.00 + tax, depending on the style.

Colours available: Stainless steel/white, Stainless steel/copper, Black/white, Black/copper.

Main characteristics: The Appartamento is the entry-level model from Rocket and is by far our most popular! This espresso machine has an E61 brew group, which is known to be one of the best on the market, allowing you to pull perfect espressos. It also has a heat exchanger, a vibration pump, and a steam wand. In fact, it is one of the most versatile models on the market.


Are you a real coffee connoisseur who wants a perfect espresso every time?

While the previous models are also excellent choices, if you want to have total control over your coffee experience, the following models have additional features that you may find interesting.


Rocket Giotto Type V

Rocket Giotto V-Type espresso machine


Price: $3,495.00 + tax.

Colours available: Chrome

Main characteristics: The Rocket Giotto Type V is similar to the Appartamento but with additional functions. For example, this model comes with a manometer which indicates the pressure of the boiler, a chronometer that precisely calculates extraction time, and a PID (Proportional Integral Derivative), a system that indicates the boiler temperature and allows you to adjust it. These features make it the best machine for the optimal control over the taste of your espresso.


Rocket Mozzafiato Cronometro Type V

Rocket Mozzafiato V-Type espresso machine


Price: $3,595.00 + tax.

Colours available: Black, Chrome

Main characteristics: The Rocket Mozzafiato Cronometro type V has all the same features as the Rocket Giotto Type V, namely: a manometer which indicates the pressure of the boiler, a chronometer to precisely calculate the extraction time, and a PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) that indicates the boiler temperature and allows you to adjust it. However, stylistically, the Rocket Mozzafiato Cronometro Type V and the Rocket Giotto Type V are very different, which accounts for the price differences between the two machines.


Rocket Giotto Type R

Rocket Giotto R-Type espresso machine


Price:$3,895.00 + tax.

Colours available: Chrome

Main characteristics: Like it’s sister model the Type V, the Rocket Giotto Type R has a chronometer to precisely calculate the extraction time and a PID (Proportional Integral Derivative), a system which indicates the temperature of the boiler and allows you to adjust it, providing superior control over the taste of the espresso. However, what sets it apart from the Type V and the Rocket Appartamento, is that this model also has a rotary pump. This allows for greater stability when pulling espressos and an overall greater durability of the brew group. Commercial machines have this pump (which is as quiet as the Type V model). It’s the best pump on the market, which explains the slightly higher price of these machines. On top of being quiet, the Rocket Giotto Type R connects directly to the water supply. You can also connect it directly to the drain, so you never have to empty it.


Rocket Mozzafiato Cronometro Type R

Rocket Mozzafiato R-Type espresso machine


Price:$3,995.00 + tax.

Colours available: Black, Chrome

Main characteristics:The Rocket Mozzafiato Cronometro Type R has all the same characteristics as the Rocket Giotto Type R, specifically a chronometer to precisely calculate the extraction time and a PID (Proportional Integral Derivative), a rotary pump, and the option to connect it directly to the water supply. However, stylistically, the Rocket Mozzafiato Cronometro Type R and the Rocket Giotto Type R are very different, which explains the slight price difference between these two machines.


Are you an absolute coffee expert, or someone who simply wants the best of the best for their everyday coffee experience?

When you’ve experienced this type of performance, it’s hard to go back. If you want only the best out of your coffee corner, you should consider the following machine.


Rocket R Cinquantotto

Rocket R Cinquantotto R58 espresso machine


Price:$4,695.00 + tax.

Colours available:Chrome

Main characteristics: The Rocket R Cinquantotto, also known as the R58, offers superior control over your coffee experience with two boilers and a touch screen on the side of the machine. The separate boilers allow you to precisely adjust the temperature of the espresso extraction. You can also draw out different flavour profiles using the PID (Proportional Integral Derivative), a system that indicates the temperature of the boilers and allows you to adjust it using the touch screen. This screen also gives you the option to program when your machine turns on and off each day of the week. It has never been so easy to customize your coffee experience!



What to take away?

Whether you are on a budget or just someone who likes to drink a good coffee in the morning without complicating things, the Stone Lite, Stone, and Rocket Appartamento espresso machines are a good choice for you. If you want superior control over the espresso extraction, then you should lean towards the Rocket Giotto or Rocket Mozzafiato models, which will allow you to adjust the boiler temperature and precisely monitor your coffee extraction. If you want the absolute top of the line, the Rocket R Cinquantotto is definitely a choice to consider with its double boiler system and touch screen PID (Proportional Integral Derivative).


We hope that this guide will help you make your choice and do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.






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