Limit your expenses and recreate that coffee experience in the comfort of your own kitchen? Consumer Reports reveals which coffee machines deliver espressos, lattes, and cappuccinos — and yes, plain old coffee — right in the comfort of your own home.
Whether it’s a quick espresso or a frothy cappuccino, these everyday coffee drinks can add up.
So nothing beats the ambiance of your favorite cafe, but you can easily recoup the money for those lattes by making them at home. But do these home machines that can make espressos, cappuccinos and more really deliver the same cafe-style drink? Consumer Reports wanted to know.
To see how these machines work, CR testers look at factors like brew speed, temperature, taste, and even how easy each one is to use.
One of CR’s best tests is the DeLonghi Lattissima One Espresso Maker’s Nespresso. It’s pricey at $400, but it can brew coffee, espresso, and cappuccinos and even has a built-in milk frother.
For less money, consider the Ninja Specialty for $170. It can brew hot and iced coffee, lattes, macchiatos and other specialty beverages. It also has an integrated milk frother.
If you’re happy with your current brewing method, there’s another way to improve your home coffee… use a milk frother! Outside of CR labs, Dan has tried many, from hand whips to stand-alone machines.
The Nespresso Aeroccino4 consistently frothed a variety of milks. The $119 price tag is a little steep, but it would make a great gift or a fun new kitchen gadget. If you prefer to keep it basic, you can make a variety of milks with the $20 Aerolatte To-Go.
Keep in mind that different milks produce different froths. Most coffees prefer whole milk for frothing as it creates a nice, easy to work with foam. If you’re avoiding dairy, consider oat milk – it pairs well with the flavors of coffee and foams better than almond or soy.
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