Espresso machines put to the test

September 15, 2009 8:19:46 AM PDT
That morning cup of joe doesn't have to put a dent in your pocket book. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested 16 espresso machines under $100.

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Testers like the 'Mr Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker.' It sells for $90 and is said to make coffee comparable to gourmet coffee shops.

Good Houskeeping also recommends for larger gatherings the $50 'Kalorik Espresso Maker.'

"It makes espresso that has a smooth, deep flavor with just a little touch of foam," said Good Housekeeping's Sharon Franke.

A good inexpensive option is the $30 "Bialetti Mokaexpress."

"Bialetti is for a person who wants black coffee or just plain milk. It doesn't have a frother," said Franke.

Both the $15 'Bonjour Cafe Latte Milk Frother ' and pricier 'Froth Au Lait Automatic Hot Milk Frother' give you the milky topping of cappuccino.

Good Housekeeping estimates buying one of these machines can save you up to $755 a year, versus buying a daily latte' at a chain store.

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