If there’s one thing the ROK Presso and Handpresso espresso makers have in common, it’s the fact that they’re as manual as espresso makers could get. In fact, they’re so manual, they require no electricity to operate!
Now, if you’ve got your mind set on a non-electric manual espresso machine you probably:
- Want to espresso on the go.
- Want to save on electricity usage.
The ROK Presso and Handpresso both make excellent choices for a non-electric espresso maker, but which one of them would make the best choice for your personal choice? Let’s have a look at their features and differences to find out.
The Best No-Electric Espresso Makers:
Features of the ROK Presso:
- Manual Lever espresso maker that requires NO electricity.
- Constructed from polished metal frame.
- Brews at 8 to 10 bar pressure.
- Slip-resistant base prevents the espresso maker from moving or slipping when pressing.
- Included in the set: portafilter with additional filter to make 2 single shots, coffee scoop, tamper, manual milk frother.
- The machine is packaged in a reusable storage tin.
- Can use ground coffee or e.s.e pods.
How Does The ROK Presso Work?
- Load the portafilter with coffee ground and put it in place.
- Fill the water reservoir with hot water.
- Press the lever down.
Watch the video for details:
Features of the Handpresso:
- Make Espresso easily on the go without the need of electricity.
- Includes an adapter for using e.s.e pods.
- Brews at 16 bar pressure.
- Brews a single shot of espresso at a time.
- Made of aluminum. Available in Black or Grey.
How Does The Handpresso Work?
- Pump the handle until you reach the desired pressure on the gauge.
- Load the pod with ground coffee or an e.s.e pod and put it in place.
- Pour in the hot water in the reservoir.
- Press to start brewing.
Watch the video for details:
ROK Presso vs. Handpresso, What’s The Difference?
Obviously there’s quite a difference between the two espresso makers and how they operate:
- ROK Presso is a lever machine – the amount of pressure you get will rely on your press. It’s not hard to operate and does not require a strong press to get great results, however, it does use less pressure (8 to 10 bar) for extraction.
- Handpresso uses a pump operation. You’ll pump the handle to get 16 bars of pressure then it’s a press of a button to brew when you’re ready.
- The Handpresso is way smaller and more portable. Very easy to carry around.
- The ROK is also easy to take, however, it’s not as easy as the Handpresso.
- One of the great things about the ROK Presso is that it includes everything you need for creating espresso as well as other drinks like cappuccino and latte. The manual frother, although not the best out there, is a cool tool to use on the go or at home for quick milk-based coffee preparation. That’s in addition to the spout splitter, scoop/tamper.
- As for the Handpresso, it only prepares espresso out of the box. You can prepare other coffee drinks but you’ll have to get a frother separately.
Which One Is Best To Buy?
Both espresso makers are of great quality, but which to buy will depend on what and where you want to use it:
- The small size of the Handpresso makes it perfect to use anywhere: the office, outdoors, or even at home if you’re looking for a low-cost tool.
- The ROK Presso isn’t as portable as the Handpresso, but it’s still light enough to take places. It’s better to use at home or an office, and it’s perfect for anyone who wants to make more than just espresso (cappuccinos or lattes).
If you want a high quality, yet affordable espresso machine, then Gaggia is the name to go for. The Italian made machines start at $200 only, making them an affordable option for many people. So far on our website, we’ve covered many Gaggia machines, and in this post, we add another one, the Gaggia Evolution. We’ll also be comparing it to a few other Gaggia machines of the same class and price range.
- Features of the Gaggia Evolution Espresso Machine:
- 15 bar espresso machine with commercial style group-head.
- 44 oz water reservoir.
- Turbo frothing wand for the best froth results.
- Plastic housing.
- Single and Double gaskets included. Can also use e.s.e pods.
- Three control buttons: power, brew and steam.
- 1425 Watts
Gaggia Espresso Machine Comparisons:
Gaggia Classic vs. Evolution:
Gaggia Classic is the best of all semi-automatic espresso machines by Gaggia, here’s the difference between it and Evolution (and other Gaggias):
- It is superior in quality, with a full brushed stainless steel housing.
- It has a larger water reservoir, 72 oz.
- It has higher pressure, 17 1/2 bar, which extracts more flavor.
Gaggia Evolution vs. New Baby:
The Baby Twin is also higher in quality than the Evolution, but also more expensive. The difference:
- Chrome-plated grouphead and portafilter.
- 64 oz water reservoir.
Apart from those two points, we don’t see major difference between the two machines and it might not be worth the upgrade over the Evolution.
Gaggia Evolution vs. Gaggia Pure:
- 1100 Watts voltage, it is lower than all machines above.
- 42 oz water reservoir – smaller than the Evolution.
- Hot water dispenser.
The Gaggia Pure isn’t highly recommended over the Evolution or other Gaggia machine. It is outdated and is almost only available as refurbished or used. Also, due to its lower voltage, we would recommend the Evolution over it.
Keurig offers a wide range of single-serve coffee makers, two of them are the Keurig Vue and Keurig Rivo. We’ve already talked about Rivo and how it works in a previous post, we’ve also compared it to the popular Nespresso machines. What we’ll do in this post is compare the Rivo to Vue, since both are by Keurig but they’re in fact quite different from each other.
Keurig Vue vs. Rivo:
Let’s start by looking at the features of each brewer individually:
Keurig 2700 Keurig® Vue® V700 Single Serve Coffee System:
- Single-serve coffee brewer with the option to brew tea and iced drinks.
- Choose from 8 cup sizes
- Program and control brewer using a touchscreen display.
- 74 oz water tank.
- Brews Vue Packs ONLY (does NOT work with K-Cup coffee pods). You can brew K-Cups using an unofficial adapter.
- Variety of Vue pods available from many coffee brands. Tea, hot chocolate and other variety drinks are available too.
Keurig Rivo 500 Espresso and Cappuccino Brewing System:
- An espresso maker with automatic milk frother.
- Makes milk based espresso drinks automatically.
- The machine brews Rivo Packs ONLY (No K-Cups or Vue Packs compatible with this machine).
- Rivo packs are made by Italian coffee brand Lavazza exclusively.
- 2 espresso sizes (espresso 1.4 oz and lungo 2.8 oz).
- 3 frothing modes: Cappuccino, Latte or Cold froth (froths milk without heating to use with iced drinks).
- Lavazza Rivo packs are available in 4 varieties: Classic, Delicate, Intense and Decaf.
So, What Is The Difference Between Vue and Rivo?
- The main difference is that Keurig Vue is a coffee maker while the Rivo is an espresso maker.
- Vue allows you to brew coffee and tea with capsules available in a wide variety from different coffee brands.
- Rivo creates specialty coffee drinks like Cappuccinos and Lattes automatically and quickly. But it does NOT make regular coffee or tea.
Difference In Coffee Capsules:
Like we mentioned earlier, both systems have their own line of coffee capsules. With the Keurig Vue, you’re getting a larger variety of coffee drinks. While the Rivo works exclusively with one brand, Lavazza, which is known for its fine Italian espresso.
Usually, when you’re buying a single-serve machine, you’re committing to its special pods. So before you decide on either system, we advice you have a look at their available pods:
Which Should You Buy, The Keurig Vue Or Rivo?
The choice between these two brewing systems is relatively easy if you know what you want out of your machine. If you’re looking for brewed coffee, tea or other hot or iced beverages, the Vue is an excellent choice. But if you’re looking for specialty coffee drinks like espresso, cappuccino or latte, Rivo is the way to go.
The Capresso EC100 has been a favorite among people looking for a budget espresso machine for under $200. Capresso has now introduced a new shiny espresso and cappuccino maker that might just take its place. Although it is higher in price, the new Capresso 118.05 EC PRO is full of upgraded features that are worth it.
Features of the Capresso 118.05 EC PRO:
- A commercial grade espresso machine for home use.
- Features an advanced boiler that maintains the perfect temperature of hot water.
- Portafilter with heavy-duty steel spouts.
- Can brew a single or double shot a time.
- Brushed stainless steel housing that is both sleek and durable.
- Stainless steel milk frothing wand.
The Capresso EC PRO is a great option for a beginner as well as intermediate barista. It gives you a great brewing experience, excellent results thanks to its advanced boiler as well steel portafilter. Having a high quality stainless steel exterior makes it more durable than other cheaper options.
Capresso 118.05 EC PRO vs. Capresso EC100, What’s The Difference?
- The Capresso EC100 combines stainless steel with plastic, but mostly has plastic parts, including the frother.
- The Capresso EC PRO has a durable stainless steel exterior, heavy duty stainless steel portafilter (Except for the handle) and stainless steel forther.
- The control dials on both machines are slightly different but mostly operate the same.
- The Capresso EC PRO has an advanced boiler that works on maintaining the hot water at perfect temperature for a quick and even extraction. The EC100 does not have this feature.
- The Portafitler on the EC PRO has be used with the included filters or bottomless, which is a more professional way of using it.
- The EC100’s portafilter is pressurized, which is a more of a beginner feature and usually creates less than perfect shots.
- The steam wand on the EC PRO is stainless steel and longer, which creates better froth and gives you more control over it.
Which Should You Buy? The Capresso EC PRO or the EC100?
If it’s within your budget, the Capresso EC PRO will give you a lot more for your money. While the EC100 is a decent espresso maker and works as promised, it is not as durable as the EC PRO. Keep in mind that the EC PRO is commercial-grade built, which means it should withhold a lot of use without breaking.
Capresso EC Pro vs. Capresso Ultima Pro, What’s The Difference?
- The EC PRO is more like a commercial grade design with its full stainless steel build. While the Ultima Pro has a plastic body with some stainless steel accents.
- The control panel on the EC Pro is a dial knob and on/off switches. On the Ultima Pro, it has illuminated press buttons.
- The Ultima Pro has a self-tampering portafilter, which makes it easier to use for beginners.
- The water reservoir capacity on the Ultima Pro is 34 oz, and it’s 42 oz on the EC Pro.
- The EC Pro has a more advanced pump boiler that maintains the temperature of hot water, which gives yo faster and more consistent results.
- The EC Pro can be used with a filter or as a bottomless portafilter, which gives you more control over your shots.
Which Should You Buy? Capresso EC Pro or Ultima Pro?
The Capresso EC Pro has more professional look and power than the Ultima Pro. It has a larger reservoir, better boiler, stainless steel exterior and a bottomless filter that produces better espresso. On the other hand, the Ultima Pro can be easier to use for a beginner, or for someone who is not looking for a lot of features of rather easy of use.
Review of Capresso EC Pro:
Not long ago, we’ve featured the De’Longhi Dedica espresso machine. It is certainly an excellent machine with a beautiful design, but how does it compare to the classic and most popular DeLonghi EC702? This is what we’ll find out in this post!
DeLonghi EC702 vs. EC680 Dedica:
To be fully clear, we need to point out that the Dedica is actually a more expensive model than the EC702. But the good news is, both are still under $300 so it might be worth the price jump to you, so read on…
- When it comes to pressure, both the EC702 and Dedica offer 15 bars of pressure. Providing a nice and full espresso extract.
- Both machines can use ground coffee or e.s.e pods and can extract a single or double shot at the same time.
The difference lies in the design:
- The Dedica has a solid full stainless steel body construction, it is also very slim in design, almost half as wide as the EC702.
- The EC702 has a mixture of plastic and stainless steel body, plastic being more than the stainless steel. It has a classic espresso machine design.
- The steaming wand on the Dedica is also stainless steel and performs much better than the plastic wand on the EC702
- The portafilter head on the Dedica is fully stainless steel, where on the EC702, the part where the coffee comes out is plastic.
Should I Buy the DeLonghi Dedica or EC702?
If it’s within your budget, you’re better off going for the Dedica as it will last longer, therefor giving you more bang for your buck. The durable construction, and the slim and sleek design are absolutely worth it. However, if you’re on a tight budget, you can go for the EC702 and get decent results.
See them in action:
As a popular beginner’s espresso maker, the DeLonghi EC702 is often compared to many espresso machines from other brands. In this post, we’ll be looking at a comparison between it and the Breville Cafe Roma, which we’ve already compared to another espresso maker, the Saeco Poemia. These comparisons should give you enough information to decide between these great entry-level machines with affordable prices.
What Is The Difference Between: DeLonghi EC702 vs. Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma:
- Both the DeLonghi EC702 and Breville Cafe Roma feature stainless steel and plastic exteriors, but the Cafe Roma does have more stainless steel than the EC702.
- Size wise, the Breville Cafe Roma is smaller in size at 9 by 9 by 12 inches vs. 11.25″ x 8.19″ x 12.5 for the EC702.
- Control Panel: The Cafe Roma uses a classic dial knob while the DeLonghi EC702 uses push buttons.
- Both machines use 15 bar pump pressure to extract espresso.
- Both have almost the same water tank capacity at around 40 to 44 ounces.
- Both feature enhanced milk frothers for better milk textures.
- The Breville Cafe Roma includes a set of 2 stainless steel espresso cups and a frothing jug.
- The DeLonghi EC702 does not include any extra accessories with it.
Which Is Best To Buy? The Breville Cafe Roma or DeLonghi EC702?
Performance wise, you should expect the same results. Both machines have nearly the same capacity in water reservoirs and they do operate the same way. Check the prices on each machine and find the best one for your budget.
DeLonghi has always been a maker of really great at-home espresso machines, many we’ve already features and you can see here. But there’s something distinctly different about the EC680 Dedica, and that is the slim, sleek and polished design.
The Dedica is only 6 inches wide, making it a perfect choice for someone who is short on counter space. Its stainless steel construction gives it a durable tough exterior. But it’s not all about looks, the beautiful design is backed up with many fantastic features:
- 15 bar pressure pump.
- Thermoblock heating system takes only 40 seconds to heat up.
- Automatic stop flow.
- Cappuccino system allows you to create barista like foam for cappuccinos and lattes.
- Control panel has 3 illuminated buttons.
- Can be used with ground coffee or e.s.e pods.
- Self-priming feature keeps the machine always ready to use.
- Hot water dispenser.
On top of the machine is a cup warmer where you’ll be able to keep your espresso cups and the machine will keep it warm and ready to use. At the back is a clear water tank that can be easily monitored for water level. The drip tray is removable for easy cleaning.
The milk frother is what you would expect from DeLonghi, their Cappuccino System is included in many of their machines. It swivels, mixes steam, air and milk to produce a creamy foam for a delicious cup of Cappuccino or Latte. Included with the machines all filters required for a single or double shot preparation. There’s also a filter for E.S.E pods, which are great if you’re looking for a quick shot without having to measure your coffee.
Are There Any Downsides To The DeLonghi Dedica Espresso Machine?
One thing that might be annoying to some people is that the maximum cup height the machine can accommodate is 3″. So if you’re someone who likes their coffee in a large mug, you’ll have to brew your shots separately then pour them into the mug, however, you’ll be able to froth the milk directly in the mug.
See the DeLonghi EC680 Dedica in action:
note: the video is in French, but anyone should be able to see exactly what to expect from the machine thanks to the detailed review:
- You’ll see that the machine is able to extract espresso with a nice crema on top.
- Quick start up and quick steam prep. time.
- The frother creates a lovely froth of milk with ease.
The Saeco Poemia and the Breville Cafe Roma are usually compared together although they’re not quite in the same price range. The Poemia is a great budget machine, usually available for between $100 to $150, while the Cafe Roma is for a budget under $300.
Saeco Poemia vs. Breville Cafe Roma Comparison Chart:
- Design: The Cafe Roma features a full stainless steel housing that we usually see in commercial espresso machines, but it’s built with the home user in mind. It’s also made in the USA. The Saeco Poemia is mostly made of plastic, which makes it less durable.
- Water Tank Capacity: The Cafe Roma – 40 oz (about 1.2 Liters) with front window to monitor the water level. The Poemia – 1 Liter.
- Both are 15 bar pump pressure.
- Included Accessories: The Cafe Roma includes single, double and pod filters, tamping tool, measuring spoon, frothing jug, a set of stainless steel espresso cups and saucers. The Poemia includes a measuring scoop and filter baskets.
Which Is Best, The Saeco Poemia or the Breville Cafe Roma?
The Saeco Poemia makes a good beginner’s low-budget espresso maker. It works decently, but you can’t except it to last for a long time. On the other hand, the Breville Cafe Roma although more expensive, you always get what you pay for: a commercial-grade espresso maker for home use, powerful espresso maker with full set of accessories. If you can afford it, we highly recommend the Breville Cafe Roma vs the Saeco Poemia.
Both the Cuisinart EM-100 and the DeLonghi EC702 Espresso Makers are part of our best espresso machines for budgets under $200. Since these two are the most popular choices, we thought we’d compare them to each other to help you further with your decision.
Cuisinart vs. DeLonghi Espresso Makers, What Is The Difference?
These two machines are quite close when it comes to features and quality. Both are decent beginner’s espresso machines and are priced reasonably for someone with a budget under $200.
- 15-bar pump pressure.
- Includes different filters to use ground coffee or E.S.E pods.
- Built-in steam wand for milk frothing.
- Both are made in the USA
As you can see, the basic features are identical. So what’s the difference between them?
- Water reservoir: The Cuisinart has a larger 53 ounce water tank, vs. a 44-ounce water tank on the DeLonghi EC702.
- Power: DeLonghi EC702: 1100 Watts Cuisinart EM100: 1000 watts
- Included Accessories: The Cuisinart includes everything you need to get started; a tamping tool and frothing jug as well as different filter sizes for single, double or pod coffee. The DeLonghi only includes the filters, but it does have a built-in tamper.
Which Should I Buy? The Cuisinart EM-100 or the DeLonghi EC702?
As far as we can see, both machines are pretty identical in how they work. The Cuisinart is slightly less expensive and includes more accessories, giving you more value for your money.
The Nespresso U has been one of the most popular and best selling Nespresso machine models so far, and there’s definitely a reason for that.
It is called U for a few reasons:
- It’s designed to look like the letter U.
- It offers one of the most customized coffee options.
- It’s the machine that knows U. It is made for U!
Why Should You Buy The Nespresso U? Here’s Why…
- It is one of the most affordable Nespresso machines. A great way to live the luxurious Nespresso lifestyle for just under $150.
- It is fully customizable, you can customize coffee drink volume to your liking.
- Memorization options: it memorizes your favorite customization automatically.
- You can also customize the water tank position to fit your kitchen counter best. It swivels 180-degrees so it can be positioned at the back, right or left.
- 19 bar pump pressure gives you an aromatic and full bodied shot of coffee.
- Pre-heating time is 25 seconds. You don’t have to wait long before you can start sipping on delicious coffee.
- Automatic shut-off after 9 minutes of inactivity.
- Cable storage eliminates any cable mess.
- No-drip nozzle.
- Adjustable magnetic drip tray perfect for accommodating different cup sizes.
How Does The Nespresso U Automatically Know What I Want To Drink?
The Nespresso U is a very smart espresso machine. It anticipates what you want to drink based on analyzing your last 10 drinks. So for example, if you had an Espresso for the last previous 10 uses, chances are you’ll want an espresso this time, too. So it starts brewing your capsule and ejects it automatically. But if you ever want a different drink, you still have the option of changing your coffee preference simply by pressing the button for your desired drink.
Who Should Buy The Nespresso U Machine?
If you’re looking for the ultimate Nespresso experience in a way that is fully customizable to you, it only makes sense that you get the Nespresso U. Its compact size makes it perfect for home or office use. And if you decide to bundle it with the Aeroccino milk frother, you’ll love how you’ll be able to create barista style drinks in just a few minutes with no trouble at all.
Where Can You Buy the Nespresso U?
It’s available on Amazon in many colors. Click here to learn more about it and read the customer reviews.