Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2013 for Espresso Lovers

Time has flown by, hasn’t it? It’s time to think about father’s day gift ideas for the men in your life – your father, father-in-law and husband. Don’t panic yet. You still have a month to mull it over and here are some ideas for you to shop for those espresso lovers.

It can be overwhelming to browse through thousands of espresso machines on the market. How do you really pair it down to a short list for your final decision? This is how I would tackle the challenge.

Interest Level

Among the espresso aficionados, you can group them by interest and skill level. Is he a newbie who wants to dip his toes in becoming his own barista at home? What motivates him to make espresso at home? Is it the taste and flavor? Or is it the money saved from going to Starbucks or your local coffee shop? Or is it the excitement in experimenting with different things to get what he wants?

If he is only interested in enjoying a good shot of espresso without much muss and muss, then consider an espresso maker that’s automatic or even a capsule type so minimal work is involved and less cleanup to do.

On the other hand, if he gets as much fun from the process as the outcome, then a semi-automatic unit would be the way to go. So he can tweak every conceivable variable in making a perfect espresso – types of coffee beans and how they are roasted, what dial to use for grinding the beans, how many pounds of pressure to apply, what the perfect brewing temperature to surf and the speed of extraction.

If he is extremely hands-on and likes to call the shot in everything, you might think about a manual espresso maker where he doesn’t have to leave any chance to the electronics in the machine.

Is He an Espresso or Cappuccino Drinker?

If he drinks espresso shots straight, then the steaming feature wouldn’t be as important. But if  a cappuccino and latte are what he likes to start his day with, then make sure to look for a unit with a good steaming/frothing feature.

How Much Are You Planning to Spend?

Like every purchase we make, budget is always a key factor whether you have the disposable income to spend or splurge. Espresso machines run from under $100 to as much as thousands of dollars. The more you spend, the more features you’d likely to get to customize and control the brewing and steaming processes. The level of automation is also correlated with price. If you drop a thousand or more, you’ll get a so-called super-automatic machine that requires very minimal work besides refilling water, coffee beans and the push of a button.

Don’t Forget to Get Him Some Great Espresso Coffee Beans

The freshness of coffee beans along with how the beans are ground can make or break the espresso-making experience. The fresher it is, the more likely for your man to get the maximum flavor and crema from the brew. Be sure to check out the top-rated espresso coffee beans.

I hope this is helpful to spark some ideas for your father’s day gifts 2013. I’ve included a short list of the bestselling espresso machines on Amazon for your convenience. No matter what you end up buying for him or them, remember it’s the thought that counts. Happy Father’s Day!

 Below is a list of bestsellers on Amazon by price (from low to high). I’ve also added the Type (manual, semi-automatic and super-automatic) under Product Description.

Mr. Coffee ECMP50 Espresso/Cappuccino Maker Black
Mr. Coffee ECMP50 Espresso/Cappuccino Maker Black – Semi-Automatic – Under $100

Nespresso C60 Pixie Espresso Makers
Nespresso C60 Pixie Espresso Makers – Automatic/Capsule – Under $200

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker
Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker – Semi-Automatic – Under $300

Silvia Version 3 Espresso Machine
Silvia Version 3 Espresso Machine – Semi-Automatic – Under $700

La Pavoni EPC-8 Europiccola 8-Cup Lever Style Espresso Machine Chrome
La Pavoni EPC-8 Europiccola 8-Cup Espresso Machine – Manual – Under $800

Jura Ena Micro 1
Jura Ena Micro 1 – Super-Automatic – Under $900

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