Mother’s Day Gifts 2013 for Espresso Lovers

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I can’t believe Mother’s Day 2013 is just a week away. Haven’t had a chance to think about how to celebrate this special day with your Mom? You still have a few days left. This post will give you a few gift ideas for the coffee/espresso lover so she can brew her espresso or cappuccino, her way.

Espresso makers have gained so much popularity simply because it does such a better job in extracting maximum flavor, aroma and crema than a drip-type of coffee maker. Now we have Starbucks stores everywhere in the U.S., drinking a cappuccino is not only a necessity and a sensory pleasure but also a social norm. The question comes which brand or model is the best for your Mom.

To break down the daunting task, you can choose based on your answers to the following questions:

Is she a cappuccino, latte or straight espresso drinker?

Knowing this will help you focus on those models with a milk frothing and steaming feature. Better yet, some of the models are equipped with an integrated frothing wand that requires nothing but filling the milk jug and hook up the hose to the brew group and insert the other end to the milk pitcher.

Is pulling a perfect shot her passion?

If she is very much interested in the process as well as the ultimate outcome, consider getting her a semi-automatic espresso machine whereas she can test the grind size, tamping pressure and extraction to come up with the formula to satisfy her taste buds.

If you need a crash course on the types of espresso machines, learn more from my Buying Guide.

Does she prefer less work and more enjoyment?

You can approach this in two ways. One is to get her a capsule type of espresso maker that’s easy to use and automatic. Turn on the machine, insert a capsule of her choice. Voila, she can sit back and enjoy her own “creation”.

Another way to please her is to select a super-automatic type that does 98% of the work for her. All she needs to do is to fill the water tank with fresh water, bean hopper with fresh espresso coffee beans, milk pitcher with cold milk, power on the unit and press a button or two. The speed of delivery is very impressive that’s measured in seconds in brewing a shot. It’s so convenient and user-friendly. The only downside is that it costs a lot more. But if you feel like surprising her with a luxury item, by all means!

What’s your budget?

Espresso makers range from $50 to a few thousand dollars. Typically, the more automated it is, the more expensive. Other factors also come into play in terms of features such as a single boiler vs. dual boilers, brand reputation and so on. European brands tend to command higher price due to the brand history and product reliability. It doesn’t mean you can’t get a decent espresso machine made by other brands such as Breville in Austria or Mr. Coffee in the U.S.

Detailed Reviews

For your reference, here is a list of espresso machines grouped by feature and price. If anyone of these meets your budget or other criteria, you may read the detailed review on this site. The best way to access all the reviews is by Sitemap under Espresso Machine Reviews. You can check the best price by clicking on the link under each product image.

No More Regrets

On a personal note, I lost my Mom to cancer January 2012. Since then, Mother’s Day has always been a day of profound sadness and regrets. I wish I could tell her more often how much I loved her and express my gratitude in more ways than one. But now the only way is to remember her in my spirit. I hope you don’t have to live with regrets when you still have many opportunities to show your love on the 2013 Mother’s Day.

These are the best sellers on Amazon by price range (from low to high).

DeLonghi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker under $100

Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Café Barista Espresso Maker
Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Café Barista Espresso Maker under $200

Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother Black
Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother Black under $300

Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine Brushed Stainless Steel
Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine Brushed Stainless Steel under $400

Breville BES840XL the Infuser Espresso Machine
Breville BES840XL the Infuser Espresso Machine under $500

Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch Automatic Coffee Center
Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch Automatic Coffee Center under $1500

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