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Espresso Machines

Want to skip the lines—and the expense—at the coffee bar and get your espresso or cappuccino at home? We tested six machines that promise to do the work for you.

What We Learned

Being an espresso lover can be vexing. For one thing, your habit will hit you in the wallet. A single shot—just 1 ounce—recently cost me almost $3.00 at a local coffee bar, before tip. And it took less time to drink than I spent standing in line to order. Not to mention that I had to leave the house to obtain that tiny, pricey, life-giving elixir. So I was excited about testing home...