Many of us are still working from home and likely will be partially remote forever, so it's time to step up our coffee game in the morning. A coffee/espresso machine combo has been on my wish list for a long time, so I have done a ton of research and here are the front runners without having to spend over $350, each serving a slightly different purpose:
The Nespresso Vertuo is one of the most recommended on the market if you want something that is easy to use and consistent in taste. It looks sleek, doesn't take up a lot of counter space and makes strong/delicious coffee. You simply pop a capsule in and you can have a coffee in 15 seconds. The only drawback to some people is you have to use the specific Nespresso Pods.
The De'Longhi BCO430 is a great pick if you want the true barista experience and ability to customize your drink. You can make authentic espresso and simultaneously brew a pot of coffee on the other side. You can use both coffee grounds or pods and it has an adjustable steam wand that allows you to froth milk for delicious lattes or cappuccinos.
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The Ninja Coffee Bar is rated the best overall coffee maker on the market. While it doesn't make authentic espresso, it can do a strong brew coffee (espresso style) to make lattes or other drinks. Some of the best features = 6 brew sizes from single cup to a full carafe, uses grounds vs pods, has a built in frother and an option to make an iced coffee drink.