I have always wanted to own my own espresso machine, but never had the counter space in my kitchen to justify the purchase; until now! So, I am looking for advice on what to buy.
I anticipate using it primarily for lattes and cappuccinos. I already own a drip coffee maker and am not really a fan of Americanos. I mostly use caffeinated beans, but might want the option of decaf for guests or the occasional evening mocha.
I like the convenience of a semi-automatic where I don't have to measure and tamp the grinds, but not sure if I want to go the pod route. You are so locked into certain blends and the packaging seems wasteful. I have tried frothing milk on my own, but seem to get it foamier than I like for lattes with machines with the wand, so maybe a built in milk frother?
Please let me know what you all like/dislike and pros and cons of various machines and brands available. I look forward to your thoughts.