These semi-automatic espresso machines feature a single dual purpose boiler for making espresso and steaming milk. Most feature a electric pump which generates the pressure necessary for a quality espresso. Semi-automatic espresso machines are the economical and the most popular because the offer a great balance between control and ease of use. Many Prosumer Espresso Machines are also Semi-Automatic, but they employ more advanced designs are require more experience.
With a semi-automatic espresso machines you determine shot volume by turning on and off the pump. You have control over the entire extraction process from grinding, measuring, tamping and controlling the extraction time.
The Capresso model #119 is a stainless steel semi-automatic espresso machine offered at a great price and designed for easy of use.
The Acasco Dream is another great choice and it is available in fashionable colors.
The Rancilio Silvia has been the top machine under $1000 for years. It features commercial quality components an it can create un-compromised espresso.