There's nothing quite like the feeling of waking up in the morning, grinding fresh coffee beans and then executing the perfect pull on a lever machine to extract a delicious cup of espresso. The little rituals in life go a long way! That is why we've compiled a list of our top picks for those that prefer a more manual coffee experience.
La Pavoni Stradivari Espresso Machine
This little lever machine takes it's name from famed Italian musician Antonio Stradivari. Design was kicked up a notch for this model for an entirely unique espresso machine. The fluid sweeping motion of the lever accentuates the subtle curves of the base and the power button is recessed for a clean appearance. Featuring interchangeable frothing systems, internal thermostat and your choice of black or rosewood trim.
Ponte Vecchio Export Espresso Machine
Juxtaposed by the curves of the Stradivari is the Export by Ponte Vecchio. Featuring a modern appearance and modern technology within. A Cup heater, safety valve and a water level indicator just to name a few! All wrapped within a sturdy stainless steel body. The Export is a real pleasure to use!
Elektra S1 Microcasa Lever Espresso Machine
A personal favorite of the Comiso Coffee staff comes this amazing lever machine by Elektra. Featuring all of the traditional Italian design one would expect, but with much more! Coated in a beautiful finish of either chrome, chrome & brass or copper & brass. While other machines may have plastic pistons in the grouphead, the Elektra a leva has a brass piston to house two piston gaskets. Plastic pistons can get brittle and crack over time with all the heat in the grouphead whereas the brass piston in the Elektra is a great add-on to maintain heat within the grouphead.
La Pavoni Professional Expo Espresso Machine
La Pavoni returns to our list with their exceptional Expo lever machine. The Expo by La Pavoni is an incredibly rare model. Beautifully hand-crafted featuring a chrome Stradivari base. The coffee handle, lever arm and sight glass fitting are plated in real gold. Comes standard with two stainless coffee baskets, and a bottomless portafilter in addition to the double spout filter holder! A great value, especially at it's price point.
Bezzera Strega Espresso Machine
Introducing the Strega model from Bezzera, combining the modern features of a twenty-first century espresso machine, with the traditional lever system that guarantees optimal extraction of coffee. When dialed in and using great coffee, the Strega is capable of crafting flavor profiles that are truly out of this world! There is one downside however, after setting this machine up, using the appropriate grinder, you may see every other espresso machine as inadequate!
And there you have it! Our top 5 manual espresso machine picks for 2021. Nothing catch your eye? Check out our full selection of manual espresso machines by clicking here.