Most Expensive Espresso Machines

There are many reasons that justify a high price tag on the most expensive espresso machines money can buy. The build quality, material, functionality, brand, capacity, level of control, design and more. In this article, we’ve curated some of the most expensive espresso machines you can buy for use at home.

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There are of course many more that commands an even higher price tag depending on how sophisticated and specialised you want. We believe if you are considering something high end, you should be able to find one in this list. Let’s check them out.

1) De’Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine

The De’Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine comes with a knock box and handcrafted precision to ensure the freshest coffee.

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Quickly start the machine with a 1-second quick start to grind and tamp your dose with immediate brewing, with no additional heat-up time necessary.

This espresso machine comes with active temperature control with two independent heating systems to ensure temperature stability and optimal coffee extraction. Also, choose flat or foam from its milk frothing system for latté art or creamy froth for cappuccinos.

Things We Like
  • Advanced latté system for flat or foam froths
  • Temperature control
  • Smart tamping station
  • 1-second quick start
  • High-quality knock box

2) Microcasa Semiautomatica Commercial Espresso Machine

The Microcasa Semiautomatica Commercial Espresso Machine is a coffee machine finished with brass and copper.

Aesthetically, it is a classical look with a brass eagle at the top of the dome with its wings up. The machine’s water level sight glass comes with a pressure gauge. Extract delicious espresso with its heat exchanger system, gauging the proper temperature.

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The three-switch system allows the machine to turn on, brew coffee, and refill the boiler. The 10-inch diameter is a large, round base for stability. Quickly turn on the steam valve by twisting its knob-control system.

Things We Like
  • Aesthetically beautiful
  • Easy three-switch system
  • Large base for stability
  • Boiler pressure valve for safety
Things We Don’t
  • The design may be complicated for novices

3) Breville Barista Touch Espresso Machine

The Breville Barista Touch Semi-Automatic Touchscreen Espresso Machine is a versatile appliance that produces barista-quality coffee.

The automatic micro-foam milk texturing feature has an auto steam wand that adjusts the temperature and texture to create latté art and taste.

This espresso machine allows you to create, name, and save eight different drinks in its customisable presets. Its two superior construction materials are brushed stainless steel and BPA free water tank. Also, there are built-in self-cleaning options for milk frothing, brewing, and water descaling.

Things We Like
  • Eight customisable drinks setting
  • Durable
  • Color touchscreen
  • Easy-to-use
  • Versatile and multi-use
Things We Don’t
  • Cleaning under the hopper grinder can be challenging

4) ECM Technika IV Profi Switchable Espresso Machine

The ECM Technika Espresso Machine is an impressive, stainless steel coffee maker with an innovative design for excellent espressos.

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This coffee machine comes with dual-pressure gauges and sleek housing rounded edges, making it a different machine from the rest. Its E61 group head and joystick water valve controls are vintage yet make an effective espresso.

It’s also a heat exchanger machine to brew and steam without waiting or do both simultaneously. With one switch, activate its switchable water source between a 3-litre reservoir or direct water line.

Things We Like
  • Vintage design with stainless steel
  • Dual-pressure gauges
  • A switchable water source option
  • Heat exchange function to brew and steam
Things We Don’t
  • Complicated for novices

5) Quick Mill Vetrano 2b Evo Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

The Quick Mill Dual Boiler Espresso Machine is a stainless steel coffee maker handmade in Milan, Italy.

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It comes with boilers that are stainless steel with a rotary pump for higher consistency levels, with one boiler for brewing and the other steaming. The vintage E61 group head provides thermal stability and temperature retention.

Control each boiler’s temperature with a touch of a button on its sleek LED screen, as this machine is a mix of old school and modern technology.

Things We Like
  • LED. screen to control broilers
  • Dual-insulated stainless steel boilers
  • Energy-saving features such as ECO and auto-off mode
  • Handmade in Italy
Things We Don’t
  • Semi-manual, requiring more work and experience

6) La Pavoni 1 Group Commercial Espresso Machine

The La Pavoni 1 Group Commercial Espresso Machine is commercial, stainless steel that is fully portable.

This machine comes with a rechargeable water softener and a direct water line.

Because it is a fully portable machine, is it great for catering. It has a 150 to 200 drink per day capacity and provides coffee delivery with a manual rocker switch.

One steam wand and one hot water tap are included. This coffee machine also has a 6.5-litre boiler capacity.  

Things We Like
  • Direct water line
  • Fully portable for commercial use and catering
  • Manual rocker switch
  • Rechargeable water softener
Things We Don’t
  • It does not come with a high-quality grinder

7) Jura 15109 Automatic Coffee Machine

The Jura 15109 Automatic Coffee Machine is an espresso maker with Swiss standard precision, impressive design, producing authentic coffee.

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Its six-level Aroma G3 grinder can grind coffee beans twice as fast as conventional grinders and preserve the coffee’s scent.

This machine is engineered with a Pulse Extraction Process (PEP) for optimal coffee extraction for rich taste and intense aroma.

Also, it has an intelligent water system (IWS) for automatic filter detection. The RFID technology makes filtering more effective and reliable than other machines.  

Things We Like
  • Six-level Aroma G3 grinder
  • An intelligent water system for better filter detection
  • Fine foam technology for airy froth
  •  Pulse Extraction Process technology
Things We Don’t
  • Loud grinder

8) La Pavoni PUB 1V-R 1 Group Volumetric Espresso Machine

The La Pavoni PUB 1V-R 1 Group Volumetric Espresso Machine is a coffee maker made with brass and copper, manufactured in Italy.

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This machine comes with the latest technology to ensure constant temperature and pre-infuse coffee grounds for balanced, consistent shots of coffee.

It’s also equipped with a water softener of up to 8 litres, an internal electric pump, a steam wand, and a mounted gauge to monitor boiler pressure. The anti-vacuum valve also eliminates fluids from flushing into the steam wand.

Lastly, this espresso machine is NSF certified, meaning it passed strict regulation and inspection.

Things We Like
  • NSF certification
  • Brass and copper construction
  • Thermal stability
  • Installation kit for easy setup
Things We Don’t
  • It does not have a built-in grinder

9) Jura 15089 GIGA W3 Professional Coffee Machine

The Jura 15089 Professional Automatic Coffee Machine is a workplace espresso machine made from durable plastic.

It’s convenient and simple enough for customers, employees, and visitors to use in any office environment. The sizeable 5-litre water tank allows for easy refilling.

With a touch of the button, activate the machine’s integrated cleaning and rinsing system to minimise daily maintenance.

A key component of this machine’s GIGA technology is the adjustable air intake, controlled by a gear stepper motor to heat and froth the milk.

Things We Like
  • Integrated cleaning and rinsing system for easy maintenance
  • Versatile and multi-functional
  • GIGA technology for efficient coffee making
  • 31 programmable specialty coffees preset
Things We Don’t
  • Plastic
  • No direct water line

10) Nuova Simonelli Appia II Volumetric 2 Group Espresso Machine

The Nuova Simonelli Appia II Volumetric 2 Group Espresso Machine is a high performance, productive machine suitable for medium to high volume locations.

This coffee machine has volumetric doing and manual doing, making it a two group automatic model.

The automatic boiler fill saves time for baristas, including its built-in rotary pump.

It includes a stainless steel swivel hot water spigot and a steam arm cool to the touch for safety.

Things We Like
  • Push and pull steam function
  • Automatic and manual for versatility
  • Direct-plumbed with drain
  • Great for baristas with large volume
  • Stainless steel boiler with insulation
Things We Don’t
  • For professional use only

Benefits of Buying an Expensive Espresso Machine

If you’ve got the budget, it’s okay to go all-in on an espresso machine, as the benefits include:

  • Durability: Stainless steel, copper, and brass are common construction materials that increase the machine’s longevity
  • Professional quality: Instant coffee is not the same as high-quality, professional tasting coffee that makes a difference when starting your day
  • Versatile: Having the same exact cup of coffee every day is bland, while expensive, professional-grade machines allows for 8 to 31 different types of coffees
  • Longevity: With the right maintenance, expensive machines can last decades, saving money in the long run

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Things to Look For When Buying an Expensive Espresso Machine

Buying the most expensive espresso machines also means getting the most value, but before you pull out your credit card, you should consider which features are important to you – and which ones aren’t. 

Features to consider include:

  • Touchscreen: Easy-to-use LED screens are more beginner-friendly than manual machines
  • Maintenance: Self-cleaning attributes allow for easy cleaning and maintenance.
  • Energy-saving: Machines that have auto-off or ECO modes to reduce power consumption when idle may save money

Final Thoughts

After further review, the Breville Barista Touch Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine is the clear winner amongst the most expensive espresso machines.

The main reason for its win is that it’s easy-to-use. Other machines are more manual and require professional expertise to operate. This machine is a touchscreen with presets and eight customisable drink options, making it great for personal use.

This machine is also durable with its stainless steel and safe with its BPA free water tank. Its self-cleaning mechanisms for milk frothing, brewing, and water descaling also allows for easy maintenance.

In all, the most expensive espresso machine should bring the most value, and the Breville Barista Touch Espresso Machine does just that.