If you love espresso, but not the idea of standing in line at a coffeehouse, making your own shots at home is more convenient and can also save a ton of money over time. However, espresso machines tend to be expensive and it takes a considerable amount of trial and error to perfect the process.
Not so with the EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine. While it’s not cheap, the machine is considerably more economical in price than many competitors — and even includes a separate electric grinder. And if you’re new to the world of espresso makers — or just don’t want to be bothered with complicated dials and instructions – this espresso machine is simplicity at its best.
EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine: Specs
- Water tank capacity: 1.2 Liters/ .33 gallons
- Dimensions: 9.75” W x 9” D x 11.5” H
- Weight: 9.70 pounds
- Material: Stainless Steel
- Pump Pressure: 15 Bar Pump Pressure System
- Heating Prep Time: 45-60 seconds
- Warranty: 5 years
Who will the EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine suit?
The EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine is ideal for people who love to freshly grind their coffee beans to ensure freshness. It’s also a great choice for people who don’t like a lot of complicated dials and buttons, or aren’t tech savvy and don’t want to use LED control panels. The stainless-steel design fits any design décor (and is also available in three other finishes: red, white, and blue). The espresso maker also makes a great gift for coffee lovers since it includes 2 porcelain serving cups, so the recipient won’t have to purchase anything but coffee.
EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine: First Impressions and Unboxing
The EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine is packaged well and most of the components are in individual boxes to provide an additional layer of protection. Also, the machine’s moving parts are taped to keep them from getting damaged during the shipping process.
The espresso maker weighs 9.70 pounds; it’s 11.5 inches in height, 9.75 inches in length, and 9 inches in depth.
One of my favorite features is the separate plug-in coffee grinder. Several espresso makers include a built-in grinder, but those are often difficult to clean. A stand-alone grinder is much easier to both use and clean. The other contents in the box include the following: portafilter, single shot basket, double shot basket, removable drip tray, measuring spoon and tamper, 2 porcelain cups, stainless steel milk frothing cup, and water tank. The water tank is on the side (instead of the back), which makes it easy to see how much water is left. The tank is actually removable and has a handle, making it convenient to remove when filling with water and cleaning.
The EspressoWorks Espresso Machine includes a warming tray on the top, and the porcelain espresso cups can be placed in this area to prewarm the cups.
The model I tested is made of stainless steel and has a silver finish. The portafilter, single and double shot baskets, and milk frothing jug, are also made of stainless steel. However, the company also makes the espresso maker in 3 other finishes: white, blue, and red.
Using the EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine
The first step in making espresso using the EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine is to ground coffee beans in the grinder. (Note: of course, you can also use coffee that has already been ground.) In the photos above, you can see the unground beans on the left, and the finished product on the right. When pouring beans into the grinding chamber, there’s a maximum line to ensure I didn't overfill the chamber. Next, I secured the lid, aligned the arrows and held the lid in the on position for a 30 second cycle. Voilà!
The next step was to scoop out the grounds using the tamper/measuring spoon, and tamp them down into the portafilter. Then, I locked the filter holder into place and put it in the brew head. The espresso maker uses a 15-bar pump system to create just the right amount of pressure to ensure the espresso isn’t too strong or too weak.
The EspressoWorks Espresso Maker has simple controls. There’s an On/Off button and two lights: the Power light turns on when the machine is on, and the Ready light turns green after the machine has warmed up and is ready to use.
The other functions (Off, Espresso, and Steam) are controlled by the dial.
I turned the control dial to the Espresso position, and a few seconds later the coffee began to flow through the machine. After enough coffee was in the cup, I moved the control dial to the Off position.
The next step was frothing the milk. This entailed filling the frothing cup 1/3 of the way with milk, holding the cup at an angle under the frother, and then selecting Steam on the dial. When the foam reached the desired level, I turned the dial back to the Off position and then cut the machine off. However, there is also an auto shut-off function that kicks in after 25 minutes.
The espresso maker can actually make 6 different types of brews: espresso, flat white, café Latte, Cappuccino, Americano, and Macchiato.
Cleaning the EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine
I found the EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine easy to clean. The actual machine can be cleaned with a damp sponge. The steam wand is detachable so it can also be rinsed clean with water.
Every 3 months, the machine needs to be descaled. Fill the tank to the max level with water and a household descaling agent. Then put the milk frothing cup under the steam and turn the machine on. When the Ready light comes on, turn the dial to Espresso and make 2 cups of coffee (approximately 2 oz), then turn the dial to the center and pause for 5 seconds.
When the light flashes green, turn the dial to Steam for 2 minutes before turning it back to the center position. Press and hold the On/Off Button and the machine will turn itself off. The descaling solution should be allowed to work for 15 minutes. Then, go through the process again to flush any remaining residual descaling solution out of the appliance.
How the EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine Compares to similar products
The manual operation will appeal to those who prefer to have greater control over grinding and brewing, and also steaming milk. However, consumers who prefer a semi-automatic or fully automatic machine might find the EspressoWorks Espresso Maker too cumbersome. In addition, it does not have programmable functions. But for the price, it offers a lot – especially since it has a grinder and comes with everything you need to make coffee.
EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine: Our Verdict
If you’re looking for an espresso maker with all of the bells and whistles, like adjustable brew temperatures, a storage tray for accessories, or even an app to control from your phone, the Breville Barista Pro or De’Longhi Dinamica Plus might be better options. But keep in mind that they cost anywhere from double to quadruple more.
On the other hand, if you like manual operations so you have more control, and you don’t need a lot of fancy features, the EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine is a great choice that includes everything but the coffee.
Where to buy: EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine
About this review and our reviewer
Terri drinks (decaf) coffee every day – and can drink it with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. She has tested over a dozen coffee makers – with plans to test at least a dozen more.
All our reviews, as in the case of the EspressoWorks All-in-One Espresso Machine, are based on the real-life experience of using these products at home. The products are given to us free of charge and we test them for as long as possible before sending them back to the brand unless we are able to keep them as we are with this item. This means that we can continue to use the product, which gives us the opportunity to return to our reviews for updating, so you can see how it's fared over a period of time.