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Apparently, this Saturday, Nov. 23, is National Espresso Day. We'll leave the business of coming up with these special days to Hallmark and corporate marketing mavens—what's next, National Half Caf, Half Decaf Soy Latte Day? If you're a genuine espresso aficionado, here’s how to make every day an espresso day.
Using premeasured, filtered pods is an easy way to get a consistently good espresso. But to get a delicious shot or cappuccino, you’ll want to grind your own beans and follow this advice we got a few years back from John Fischer, a professor at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.:
Check our coffee reviews to find the best Colombian, Sumatran, and Ethiopian coffee as well as coffee blends and pods for several different types of machine.
If espresso isn't your everyday coffee, you don’t need to have a separate drip or pod machine to make regular coffee. The DeLonghi BCO320T ($150) and Krups XP160050, ($120) are multifunction models that can deliver both types of coffee.
With the holiday-shopping season here, you're bound to find deals on the aforementioned makers, as well as traditional drip and popular pod machines. We've rated more than 100 models that will perk up your celebration, including three newfangled electric French-press machines.
One thing to keep in mind as you savor a demitase of espresso: The idea behind espresso came from a man who wanted to speed up coffee brewing. Downing a shot surely has its place, but we think sipping the dark-rich brew during a moment of leisure, say with dessert after a holiday meal with friends and family, is the best way to enjoy an espresso.