Espresso, Coffee Makers & Machines

Options for Delivering the best Barista Style Espresso

It has been estimated that the Irish stand at number 18 in the list of the world's coffee consumers with an annual per capita consumption of 0.7kgs. Not bad for a country with a population of just 6.4 million.

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If your coffee making skills are not up to the standard of the guys who will be competing at the RDS in Dublin for the National Barista Championships (19-21 February 2013) you will need the technology and expertise offered by one of the high quality espresso machines and coffee makers now available to the market.

With a choice of super or semi-automatic or a traditional manual model, there really is something available for everyone looking to get their daily caffeine fix.

Super Automatic Machines

Unless you're really up to Barista standard, it is advisable to give the manual espresso machine for coffee a miss - particularly if you are looking for something to deliver that first caffeine hit before you leave for work, or if you are looking for a suitable model for your staffroom or workplace.

Dutch manufacturers, Saeco Philips, provide their fully automatic stainless steel Syntia espresso machine to the Irish market for costs from 661 EUR. The model incorporates their patented rapid steam technology which delivers a speedy transition from brewing to steaming, providing super creamy latte and frothy cappuccino in seconds.

The adjustable customised settings allow users to fine tune their brew, long or short, regular or with an extra shot, at the touch of a button and the four button LCD interface makes for user friendly operation.

If it is Swiss made precision you are looking for, the Jura Impressa X9 Platinum could be the machine for you. With 20 different beverage options, intuitive display dialogue interface and defined keys for easy selection, this hi-tech machine makes for simple operation with consistently excellent results.

The installation of two grinders and bean hoppers allows the drinker to select their chosen blend and the monitoring system will issue an alert when the hopper need to be re-filled. The Impressa even has an integrated cleaning, rinsing and decalcifying system for easy maintenance. Current prices for this model start from 4,376 EUR.

The Semi-Automatic Option

Renowned for being the best coffee brewers in the world, the Italians have a strong presence in the global market with manufacturers including the Milanese based Quickmill and the traditional Elektra.

The Quickmill Cassiopeia (from 636 EUR) has a stainless steel construction, incorporating a double heat exchanger and a thermobloc control designed to allow brewing, frothing and steaming simultaneously or independently.

Ready to brew in just 45-50 seconds, thus producing less limescale build up and preserving the aroma and flavour of the bean, the system will deliver an excellent brew at the optimum temperature time after time.

For coffee lovers who prefer the style of an old school espresso machine and coffee maker, the design of the Elektra Sixties T3 pays homage to the golden era of the High Street coffee bar.

The machine is constructed to commercial standards and carries a 12 month guarantee. Everything is built for slick and easy brewing from the 5 push button coffee dispensers to the double brewing units, integrated cup warmer and 9 litre capacity boiler. The price of enjoying a little of 'La Dolce Vita' starts from 4,239 EUR.

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