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espresso makers

1) De'Longhi Alicia Moka Espresso Maker
 $60, shopdelonghi.com
 (For the couple with a small kitchen)
 UPSIDE Inexpensive; light and extremely compact; quiet; see-through pitcher; parts screw back together to prevent loss of pieces.
 DOWNSIDE Produces no crema; no milk frother for cappuccino.

2) Breville Café Roma Espresso machine
 $230, brevilleusa.com
 (For the espresso aficionado)
 UPSIDE High-pressure pump and precision heating for rich espresso and good crema; works with single shot, double shot or pods; 6-cup warming tray.
 DOWNSIDE Expensive; noisy and cumbersome.

3) Mr. Coffee Steam Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
 $50, target.com
 (For the frugal family)
 UPSIDE Inexpensive; compact; cord storage underneath machine.
 DOWNSIDE Flimsy plastic construction; produces no crema; steam produces bubbly froth instead of smooth foam; must release pressure before opening to refill water.

4) Krups Precise Tamp Mechanical Espresso Machine
 $300, krupsonlinestore.com
 (For the gadget-happy espresso fan)
 UPSIDE Automatic espresso tamping and brewing cutoff; high-pressure pump and precision heating for rich espresso and good crema; works with single shot, double shot or pods; 6-cup stainless steel warming tray.
 DOWNSIDE Expensive; noisy and cumbersome; nonremovable filter basket makes it difficult to tell if machine is clogged.

5) Hamilton Beach Espresso Maker $100, hamiltonbeach.com
 (For the cappuccino lover on a budget)
 UPSIDE Inexpensive for its features; works with single shot, double shot or pods; 4-cup warming tray.
 DOWNSIDE Noisy; espresso not hot enough; steam produces bubbly froth instead of smooth foam; short cord.

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*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in April 2010.