Isn’t it great to have a fresh, steaming-hot espresso waiting for you when you get up in the morning? A good quality pod espresso machine like the Citiz can provide that. It’s important to, not only buy the right product,  but learn how to use it correctly as well.

Espresso is a strong, syrupy, and typically Italian coffee. Other nationalities such as the Cubans share in the intrigue for espresso as well. While coffee shop owners relate the art of making espresso to pulling the perfect pint of ale, pod espresso machines make it much easier. It still requires some patience and practice but a good quality espresso machine reduces the chance of error by controlling the temperature and the internal mechanisms more exactly.

Espresso makers function in various ways. For any of you looking for the most authentic experience, a massive Paiston-driven espresso maker could be for you. The design for this espresso machine comes from as far back as 1938. Many are now sold in upscale cafe’s where they are decorative as well as having a reputation for producing a good cup of espresso.

There are also a wide assortment wide a various types of semi-automatic espresso machines. With those, the water is delivered via a pump mechanism, but the grinding, preparation and insertion of the coffee must be done manually. Automatic or super-automatic machines are becoming more popular and cost-effective and for that reason they tend to often be over priced.

Then there are automatic espresso machines. These are very similar to the semi-automatic version, but even the temperature and volume of water is also regulated automatically. These machines are still mostly for the high-end market as all you do is put the coffee beans in and click the start button. They generally have extra features, such as milk frothing or regular filtered coffee-making. However, many self-proclaimed snobs believe these super-automatic espresso machines produce poor quality espresso.

Although the ability to shop prices on-line is useful, a better advantage the Internet offers is the increase in consumer reviews of espresso machines. You can buy based on the experience of others, and not just sales pitches.

Once you have settled on the best espresso machine that you feel will meet your needs, you will want to find a great source of quality coffee beans. Espresso machine shops typically offer a nice range of coffee beans, or you can find your own source. My favorite is Naviera Coffee Mills in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida.

An espresso machine is a real treat for anyone who is truly passionate about coffee. You can either put some time and effort into making the perfect cup, or invest in an automated machine like the Citiz. If you choose your espresso machine carefully, you too can be well on your way to coffee heaven!