Capsule machine, automatic machine, or¬†manual machine? I tried 3 types and¬†asked an¬†expert about the¬†difference.
Manual machines are the¬†most expensive and¬†complicated to¬†use. Manual machines help you to¬†make the¬†best coffee. You upgrade your skills while working with it. You experiment with the¬†number of¬†coffee beans, temperatures, and¬†what is the¬†coolest¬†‚Äď you draw leaves and¬†hearts on¬†the¬†foams.
I tried the¬†‚ā¨1899 ‚ÄúECM Mechanika slim‚ÄĚ machine and¬†‚ā¨450 ‚ÄúECM S64 manuelle‚ÄĚ grinder. It was easy to¬†use: first, I attach a¬†spoon (portafilter) to¬†a¬†grinder. The¬†grinder grinds coffee beans into the¬†spoon. Next, I attach a¬†spoon to¬†a¬†table or¬†to¬†a¬†special holder so that the¬†spoon does not¬†move. Then I tamp (or¬†press) the¬†dust inside of¬†a¬†spoon. Next, I attach the¬†spoon to¬†the¬†coffee machine. I turn on¬†the¬†machine. The¬†boiling water flows through the¬†dust and¬†flows out to¬†a¬†cup.
You get viscous (dense) coffee with intense dark-light brown foam. It is similar to¬†caf√©-class coffee or¬†even better. If you have such a¬†machine, you don‚Äôt need to¬†go anywhere to¬†drink great coffee.
I used good beans, similar to¬†Passalacqua, that cost 19‚ā¨¬†per¬†kilogram¬†‚Äď it is not¬†too much¬†‚Äď only¬†‚ā¨0.15 per¬†portion, but¬†the¬†quality was excellent. I used 60% Arabica and¬†40% Robusta, which gave a¬†more Italian taste. I like strong coffee, so I need more Robusta¬†‚Äď up to¬†60% of¬†it.
If you want the¬†same beans as¬†in¬†caf√©s, then better buy coffee for¬†50‚ā¨+ per¬†kilogram. You may also try coffee Luwak, a¬†coffee fermented in¬†the¬†belly of¬†small, squirrel-like animals, luwaks. It costs nearly 300‚ā¨¬†per¬†kilo. I was once on¬†a¬†plantation in¬†Indonesia and¬†have seen these cute animals. Unfortunately, I was too small to¬†drink coffee, but¬†my mother said it was pretty good.
Manual machines are durable and¬†easy to¬†repair compared with automatic machines. You may use such a¬†coffee machine for¬†a¬†decade. That is why the¬†selling price for¬†the¬†used machine is so high. If you have a¬†spare 2000-2.500‚ā¨, I recommend investing in¬†a¬†coffee machine and¬†selling it in¬†5-6 years for¬†70% of¬†its cost, e.¬†g., 1700‚ā¨.
The¬†automatic machine makes good coffee. You set the¬†needed amount of¬†coffee beans, water required, water temperature, and¬†milk temperature. You also choose the¬†pre-installed coffee varieties. It is easy and¬†is great variant for¬†home. The¬†prices start from 400‚ā¨¬†till 1500‚ā¨. Depends on¬†the¬†options you need. I recommend looking at¬†the¬†material, especially the¬†milk box and¬†tubes¬†‚Äď they must be made out of¬†metal. Otherwise, your coffee machine will stink. I also think that all details should be made out of¬†metal because plastic breaks fast.
The¬†foam is also nice in¬†most models; however, the¬†quality is better with manual machines.
Nespresso is a¬†cheap, easy-to-use machine. Nespresso is great if you want to¬†try different tastes of¬†coffee and¬†choose the¬†best one for¬†yourself. The¬†machine price varies 70‚ā¨¬†to350‚ā¨¬†for¬†a¬†metallic version with a¬†steam tube. Each capsule costs 0.35-0.5‚ā¨, which is too expensive. In¬†the¬†long run, you will lose much more money using Nespresso. For¬†example, I have a¬†mid-class version machine with a¬†milk heater. I used the¬†model for¬†4 months, but¬†I gave it to¬†my friend because coffee machines make cheaper espresso with better taste.
Better spend more money on¬†a¬†coffee machine; you will always be able to¬†sell a¬†good machine on¬†willhaben or¬†eBay. And¬†also, if you want a¬†good and¬†relatively cheap manual coffee machine, try to¬†find it on¬†willhaben.