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Owning and maintaining a true espresso machine (not a pod machine like Nespresso) is a strenuous endeavor for the borderline-obsessive coffee fiend. If you don’t crave and cherish an espresso-based drink on a regular basis and aren’t willing to put in the blood, sweat, and tears to learn the ins and outs of the art and science that is espresso-making, a simple drip coffee machine, French press, moka pot, or maybe a pod machine is your best best. They’re faster, more forgiving, and they leave a lot more counter space open in your kitchen.
But unlike many other semi-automatic espresso machines, the Breville Barista Express is fairly foolproof and holds your hand through the process. It also comes integrated with Breville’s burr grinder, which we find mostly sufficient, and which would run you about $200 if bought separately.