If you’ve browsed around our website long enough, you’ll see that we recommend and review a lot of espresso machines, we also talk about coffee makers every now and then, however, you’ll never see us recommending an espresso/coffee combination machine, that is a machine that combines both an espresso maker and coffee maker in one unit. Why is that? Read on to find out…
Why We Don’t Like Espresso/Coffee Combos:
Espresso/Coffee maker combos are sold as a way to save to save some money and counter space by combining two machines in one. However, if you think about it, espresso is prepared differently than how coffee is prepared, and the majority of those machines lack the power to operate in a way that can brew both drinks properly and give you full results. Let’s look at the KRUPS coffee/espresso maker pictured above as an example:
- On the right, you have the coffee maker. A 10-cup capacity with 24hr programmability and everything a coffee maker should have.
- On the left is the Espresso maker with the steam nozzle (for milk frothing). Now typically, for a machine to make excellent espresso, it needs to have a 15-bar PUMP, which forces water through the coffee beans to brew espresso. However, what this machine has is a 4-bar STEAM system to make the espresso. So what it does is, it boils water and then uses the steam to brew the coffee ground:
- This is simply not how Espresso is made.
- It takes TOO long to switch between coffee making, espresso making and milk frothing.
Soon enough, the machine will start leaking or stop working and you’ll hate that you’ve just lost a few hundred dollars.
What To Do If You Want To Make Both Espresso and Coffee?
You have a few options here:
The obvious one would be to get a espresso machine in addition to your coffee maker. But if this could be too expensive for you, there are other options:
A machine like Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s KALDI features a Pump that works on Dual bars: it uses 15 bar pressure to extract espresso and 3 to 4 bar pressure to make coffee. It’s a single-serve machine, which means it uses coffee pods to brew coffee or espresso. It also brews tea and hot chocolate.
Nespresso VertuoLine is another option for a single serve machine that does both coffee and espresso. VertuoLine does not use a pump to brew either espresso or coffee, in fact, Nespresso being the innovative company it is, has created a whole new technology for their new machine.