Getting that perfect 50ml ‘cup of joe’ in the morning is increasingly becoming an art form in itself. Espresso perfection is reached when high pressure water is passed through your ground coffee beans.

Espresso machines need to deliver hot water through ground coffee at around 130 pounds of pressure per square inch (psi) to deliver a dark brew that is ideally topped with a little coffee foam. This foam or ‘bubbly crema’ is an indication that the coffee oils have blended with the water and the beans have released their trapped carbon dioxide which helps extract flavour.

The Italian’s have conquered the deluxe Espresso machine market and seem to have considered how to do it in an aesthetically pleasing style. I’ll post images of some of the most stylish espresso machines I’ve come across on this page.

Bright red La Marzocca Espresso Machine
La Marzocca Espresso machine at Jane the Bakery, San Francisco