I APPRECIATE A good cup of coffee, but I love a reliable and easy coffee machine. This past year, I’ve taken shot after shot of caffeine from dozens of cold brew coffee makers, French presses, and cappuccino machines—all in the name of WIRED. I’ve even popped a few Nespresso capsules on lazy days.
Despite having a countertop packed with espresso machines for months, I had never tried all-in-one, super automatic espresso machines. They always piqued my curiosity, but they’re quite expensive. It seemed like a stretch that any coffee machine would cost more than $1,000. However, they promise a lot for that price: Dump in beans and water, then get flawless espresso at the push of a button.