The Most Convenient Espresso Machine for Your Home

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 Courtesy De'Longhi

Great coffee often depends on the beans you buy. But it’s also just as much about how you brew it. Instead of mastering the complicated art of pulling a shot or steaming milk by using a professional-grade system, De’Longhi’s Lattissima Pro is a convenient machine that makes consistent espresso drinks for you faster than a barista — and it all comes down to the tap of your finger.

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The Pro looks fancy, but it’s far from complicated to use. It comes with a set of Nespresso capsules that you load into the top. (You can buy them individually when they’re gone, and you can recycle them in your bin at home or drop them off at a nearby location that will send them back to the company.) Once you fill up the back water jug, the only thing you have to do next is decide what you want to drink — ristretto, espresso, lungo, hot water, cappuccino, latte macchiato, or just warm milk. In our early morning tests, we found the settings tired-man-friendly and the process especially quick. Thirsty for a latte, we filled up the milk container with almond milk and attached it to the front of the Pro, adjusting our milk preference by turning the knob on top and pointing the spout at our mug. We inserted a Finezzo Lungo capsule and shut the lid. Then, we simply tapped the top right button on the touchscreen panel, and we had a hot latte in our hands in seconds. After we enjoyed the last bit of surprisingly good foam left in our mug, the 19-bar pump machine’s screen prompted us with a message to clean the milk spout. Luckily, it was easier than we expected thanks to a note on the lid that told us to turn the knob all the way to the right — just be sure to have a backup cup to catch the water (but there’s a removable drip tray if you forget). And when you need to clean the rest of the parts, most are easy to remove and wash in the sink. 

While we still might prefer the flavor (and price) of the drip method, it was a good change to have a consistent drink and milk ready that we could “make” ourselves without waiting for water to boil or standing in a long line at a coffee shop. But after a few weeks of use, we still had to pull out the French press when we ran out of the capsules to get our caffeine fix. 
[$600; delonghi.com]