Le Champlain Hotel in Montreal boasts 24-hour espresso service in its lobby. It’s a pretty unique feature–latte at 3am! We can’t exactly imagine a scenario in which anyone needs espresso at 3am (fighting crime? writing a novel?), but hey, you never know.
But If the idea of 24-hour-a-day espresso access sounds appealing, then you’re going to need an espresso machine at home. Making espresso can seem daunting, but the process doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are a few options for your home, ranging from super simple models to pretty hands-on machines.
KRUPS XP601050 – This simple machine looks great in its stainless housing, and makes a good cup to boot. The thermoblock heater warms up quickly, and you have the option of hand-tamping or using an espresso pod.
Breville Barista Express – Packed with features but still (relatively) affordable, this all-in-one grinds, pulls shots, and froths with ease. Highly customizable, this machine is perfect for people who want to explore the craft of getting perfect crema and smooth, silky foam.
La Marzocco GS/3 – Got $7,000 laying around? Loaded with commercial-grade features, the Italian-made GS/3 has enough power and precision to run a small coffee shop, nevermind make the perfect morning cup. This is the Aston Martin of home machines.