Best Italian Coffee Machine for Home

I started my search for an espresso machine after I moved out. I had started having Starbucks a little too often for my wallet to handle, and I figured I would like to have coffee to wake up in the morning. I started researching Italian coffee machines for home use for 3 weeks straight, several hours a day. I was trying to find one that was going to last me a long time. 

There are a few different styles of espresso machines.

  • Automatic
  • Semi-automatic
  • Super-automatic

I wanted one that I could still steam the milk myself, and do the dosing/tamping myself (semi-automatic). I didn’t want to just push a button and have the coffee made for me (automatic).

I began by watching videos on:

I came across one machine that was a semi-automatic and it was more of a professional grade machine. It took some time for you to get the hang of it, but once you did could achieve quality coffee for years to come

I wanted an espresso machine that was going to last me awhile. I didn’t want to just buy the cheap one and throw it out in a year or two. 

I found out the best Italian coffee machine for home use is the Rancilio Silvia. It is only manufactured in Italy. They test every machine to make sure it’s working perfectly before they send them out. The compartments are made so that any part can be replaced or fixed if needed. They want you to have this machine for a long time, it’s built to last. 

I wanted a machine that I was going to have little maintenance to do on it. I’m not one for cleaning every little thing all of the time, so this was going to have to be something I could handle but not interfere with my busy life.

After thoroughly researching the Rancilio Silvia, I discovered there was only 2 maintenance procedures that needed to be done on a regular basis:

  1. Backflushing (recommended 1 x week) 
  2. Changing the rubber gasket/cleaning screen (1x year)

When the coffee starts tasting not as good as it usually does, you should clean the screen. This will give you the aromatic flavour from your italian coffee maker that you love!

I purchased my own Rancilio Silvia in November 2012 and I absolutely love it. I had never owned a coffee maker before this so it was a steep learning curve. Watching videos and practicing daily made me be able to improve my skills and pull delicious crema for my morning coffee.

pulling espresso shot

I’m so glad I put in the time and effort to learn this machine because looking back, I never knew I was going to have this machine for years to come. 

I visited my aunt at her house 6 months after purchasing my espresso maker and I noticed that she had the exact same machine and grinder I did!! (Rocky grinder)

I had no idea she had the same one! She told me how her brother had owned the same machine as her for longer than her. My aunt at the time had already owned her Rancilio Silvia for 10 years. She still owns it today and loves it!

One thing that isn’t the greatest is that the drip tray is very short. You have to drain the tray every few days or it overflows. I try to do it every time I use the machine so I don’t have it overflow on me. I’ve had a huge mess to clean up when I’ve forgotten about it! 

One of my favourite desserts to make with my espresso machine is affogato.

homemade affogato
Homemade Affogato

Affogato is made with a couple scoops of ice cream, freshly brewed espresso and white chocolate shavings on top. It’s to die for!! 

Another dessert I like to make with my espresso machine is Espresso Ice Cream. It’s decadent and rich with flavor!

vegan espresso ice cream

I also love making iced coffee with my espresso machine. I typically add 4 pumps vanilla, 2 shots of espresso, ~6 ice cubes, and 1 cup of milk. Throw it all in a blender and enjoy your freshly made iced coffee! For an extra treat, put 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream or birthday cake ice cream for more of a creamy flavour. Yum!

If you’re looking for a new skill to learn and a coffee machine that will last you a long time, the best Italian coffee machine for home use is the Rancilio Silvia by far! You will love learning how to make coffee and maybe one day you’ll be able to create beautiful latte art with your milk steaming skills. I have not mastered this at all…. It’s been almost 8 years so maybe I’ll get there one day! 

The Best Bread Maker 2020

Best Bread Maker 2020

If you’ve never had a breadmaker before, you might be thinking, do I really need one? What can you actually make with a bread machine?

For those who have owned bread machines before, you know how incredibly versatile they are. But, the problem with most of them, is that they usually only last about 2 years. 

#1 Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

The Zojirushi Breadmaker is our top choice for the best bread maker. 

It comes with a full array of diverse recipes using a breadmaker. Just a few of the recipes their cookbook includes: 

  • Apple danishes
  • Bagels
  • Baguette
  • Banana bread
  • Challah bread
  • Cheese and onion bread
  • Chocolate cake
  • Coffee cake
  • Criossants
  • Donuts
  • Tea bread
  • Pizza dough
  • Gluten free bread
  • Gluten free donuts
  • Salt-free bread
  • Sugar-free bread
  • Vegan bread
  • Focaccia bread
  • Homemade pasta dough
  • Corn bread
  • Jam
  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Tortillas

They include more recipes on their website (https://www.zojirushi.com/app/recipe/breadmakers?ids=417

If you’re looking for the most durable, long-lasting breadmaker, this is the best bread maker choice for your home kitchen.

Pros:

You can make 6+ loaves/week for years (4-5 years)

Other breadmakers claim that they can make gluten free bread, but it just doesn’t turn out as well and consistent as the Zojirushi Breadmaker . 

The cost of making bread in your new breadmaker will save you money in the long run. 

Once you purchase your bread machine yeast and bread machine flour you’ll be ready to try out your new bread machine!

You can have fresh bread readily available within 2.5-3.5 hours depending on the recipe.

The top of the breadmaker includes a heater in the lid. This brown’s the top of your loaf ever so slightly to give you a perfect loaf of delicious bread.  

The Zojirushi Breadmaker is easy to clean. Hand wash the paddle and loaf pan after each use and let it air dry for a couple hours so you have it all ready for your next fluffy loaf of bread.

Cons:

You may have to replace the paddle after several years of use. You can easily purchase this online when you need it, unlike other brands where it’s difficult to source replacement parts

Mixer is loud. However, most bread machines are loud. They have moving parts and they need to be able to mix their ingredients effectively. This might be something to think about if you’re planning on putting the delay timer on to have fresh bread in the morning. Perhaps keep it downstairs, somewhere that you won’t hear it mixing away when you’re sleeping.

What other recipes can you make with a bread maker?

  • Pita bread
  • Naan bread
  • Pretzels
  • Pumpkin spice bread
  • Calzone dough
  • Cinnamon buns
  • Cheese bread 
  • Multigrain bread
  • Lemon cake
  • English muffins
  • Hamburger buns

What if you want to make gluten free bread?

It comes with several recipes for creating gluten free breads.  

  • Gluten free donuts
  • Gluten free apple walnut cake
  • Gluten free carrot cake
  • Gluten free green tea bread
  • Gluten free raisin bread
  • Gluten free pizza dough

What kind of gluten free flour can you use in your bread maker?

125 Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes

What if you want dairy free bread?

Substitute the milk for:

  • Almond milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Oat milk

How do you store your freshly made breadmaker bread?

Store your freshly baked, cooled down loaf in an airtight container. Be sure to only slice off what you are using at the time. If you slice all of the bread when it’s cooled, it could stale faster. 

Store it in the fridge to keep it fresher a bit longer. You’ll want to use it up within 3 days of making your loaf, or store it in the freezer. It doesn’t last as long as bread you purchase in your local grocery store because it doesn’t have the same preservatives as your freshly baked bread.

This is actually one of the perks for having a breadmaker. You get to control what you’re putting into your body. You know exactly how much sugar, salt, etc. is going into the recipe, so you can be more informed about how much you’re consuming on a daily basis.

For people with allergies, this can be a life-saver. You can select your flour, salt, sugar/sugar-free, nut-free environment as you need it for your own dietary needs.

How do you slice your bread?

Use a serrated knife to cut your bread to your desired thickness.

How to clean your breadmaker?

Is it dishwasher safe?

No, you need to handwash the loaf pan.

How do you properly measure your ingredients for your breadmaker?

#2

Oster 2-Pound Expressbake Bread Machine with 13-Hour Delay Timer

The Oster Breadmaker is a good starting point for those just getting into having a breadmaker. It has step by step instructions for beginners to help you learn how to make your first loaf. 

Although the cookbook it comes with doesn’t come with many recipes, it gives you a great starting base to begin making bread at home. 

I have tried these recipes in the cookbook:

  • White bread
  • Italian herb bread
  • Pizza dough
  • Bread pretzels
  • Bagels

My favourite recipes by far is the bagel recipe! There’s nothing better than having a fresh bagel out of the oven, and lathering on the cream cheese for breakfast on the weekend.

I received the Oster 2lb Bread Machine for Christmas last year. My husband said he didn’t think we would use it much, but his attitude changed within a few weeks. 

I have used my breadmaker to make several different types of cakes, rolls, dough,  and bread. We’ve only had one for a year and I can’t imagine not having it.

My husband realized he could use it for making pizza dough, he didn’t have a huge mess to clean up after. When he makes pizza dough, it makes enough for 2 large pizzas. I never expected such a small machine to be able to make that much dough at once. 

Sometimes we use ½ the dough for a pizza, and then leave the other ½ in the fridge and use it the following day to make another pizza. 

We use our bread machine at least once a week to make different recipes. It saves us time, it’s less mess, and it saves us money. I love using it make quick dough recipes like pizza pretzels for lunches during the week.

I like to leave my breadmaker on the floor when it’s in use. When it’s actively mixing 1 ball of dough, it can unbalance itself easily. We’ve had ours end up on the floor, so now it just lives on the ground after that.

The lid for this machine just rests on the top, there isn’t a latch or anything for it. 

Pros:

  • Simple operation
  • Expressbake- makes bread in 1 hour
  • Compact
  • Paddle comes off easily after baking

Cons:

  • Pan can wear out over time
  • Loud/rattles around
  • Bread maker cookbook doesn’t have many recipes

Sunbeam 2-Pound Breadmaker, White

Pros:

  • Budget friendly

Cons:

  • Paddle bakes into the loaf, difficult to retrieve
  • Large unit, storing this machine might be difficult if you don’t have a ton of space
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