Ever feel torn between making a carafe of coffee for your household, or firing up the espresso maker for yourself?
Or perhaps you enjoy drip coffee, but have a significant other who craves espresso?
Happily, several machines serve up both. Read on to find the best coffee and espresso maker combo out there.
Top 6 best coffee and espresso makers combo - 2020 reviews
Ready to take the next step? Read on for our reviews of six coffee and espresso combo makers to help you make your choice!
1. Aicook Espresso and Coffee Machine (Our Top Recommended)
If you want coffee on the go, this three in one combo from Aicook is well worth a look.
As well as making espresso at an authentic 15 bars, it brews drip coffee straight into a generous travel cup.
For its third trick, the built in steam wand allows you to create your own lattes and cappuccinos.
There’s no carafe here, so you won’t be able to pass coffee around your breakfast table. But as long as that’s not a deal breaker, there are some great features here.
The machine has a dual thermostat to make sure both steam and coffee are at the right temperature.
And there’s a self-priming system to make sure the internal parts are warmed up before brewing.
Finished in black with smart stainless steel accents and a coordinating travel mug, this would be an attractive presence on any kitchen counter.
2. Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo Coffee and Espresso Machine by De'Longhi
The Nespresso is a good-looking and compact machine. It will brew either standard coffee or espresso and it’s incredibly easy to use.
Just put in a capsule and select your chosen coffee style – espresso, doppio, gran lungo or alto. Your coffee will be ready in seconds.
What’s more, the clever machine matches your pod to the right serving size. That means you won’t have to compromise on strength of flavor for a larger serving.
You will have to buy capsules to use this. What’s more, you’ll be restricted to Nespresso’s own brand. They’re pricey and not the easiest to get hold of.
You’ll have to buy them online or from a specialist Nespresso “boutique”. So make sure this will work for you before selecting this machine.
As for the coffee – well, it’s consistent. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting cup after cup.
In fact, the brewing process is the same whether you’re making espresso or long coffee. That means limited flavor differentiation.
If you want to grind your own beans, it won’t be for you. And if you fancy the idea of unleashing your inner barista, look elsewhere. All you’ll have to do here is push a button.
3. DeLonghi BCO320T Combination Espresso and Drip Coffee
If you’re looking for a pot of drip coffee to share at breakfast, the DeLonghi BCO320T could be the answer.
Despite packing in a carafe, an espresso maker, and a milk frothing wand, it’s a compact machine.
It’s just a couple of inches wider than the Nespresso and weighs a little over 11 pounds. If you’re pushed for space in your kitchen, it’s well worth a look.
The glass carafe is a standard size, holding enough for about 10 cups of coffee.
There’s an automatic timer that allows you to set it to brew up to 24 hours in advance. If you love to wake to the smell of fresh coffee, that’s a great feature.
There are plenty of other bells and whistles too.
You can pause brewing to pour from the carafe. There’s a warming plate to keep your drip coffee drinkable for longer.
And a handy indicator alerts you if it’s likely to have gone stale. If that’s not enough, both your espresso and drip coffee will benefit from the built-in water filtration system.
As for the espresso side, there’s a handy adaptor to serve up to two cups at once.
It only brews at 3.5 bars of pressure though – lower than some consider necessary for an authentic espresso.
4. DeLonghi BCO430 Combination Pump Espresso
Styled in stainless steel and black, this handsome machine has great countertop presence.
If you’re looking to impress visitors with your coffee-making credentials, it should make your shortlist.
It’s a step up from the BCO320T with a much cleaner appearance.
The large handle on the front compartment of the machine has gone, and the espresso side looks more business-like.
In many other respects, the two machines are very similar. The BCO430 has the same automatic timer, water filtration system and pause-and-brew option for drip coffee.
The carafe holds the same ten cups, though it has a smarter handle and a neater look.
Another nice design touch is that both coffee and water are added at the front of the machine.
If you’ve ever struggled to pull a coffee maker out from under your kitchen cupboards to refill it, you’ll appreciate this.
The major advantage over the BCO330 is in the espresso maker. The BCO430 brews at an authentic 15 bars of pressure.
Oddly, though, it has lost one feature of its less expensive counterpart – the handy cup warmer is no more.
5. Krups 985-42 Il Caffe Duomo Coffee and Espresso Machine
The Krups Il Caffe Duomo isn’t the best-looking machine on this list, but it’s got plenty of features.
There’s a decent sized carafe for brewing drip coffee, and an easy to use espresso maker.
The casing is plastic, which might not be particularly attractive but does make it light and maneuverable. The whole thing weighs less than seven pounds.
There’s a steam wand for milk frothing, allowing you to make your own latte art. It does, though, use the same steam for milk as for the espresso.
That means it will take a bit of practice if you want to brew and froth your milk at the same time.
Try as we might, we haven’t managed to find any information on what pressure the espresso maker uses.
Setting that to one side, we think the espresso tastes pretty good for a machine that’s this reasonably priced.
The carafe is a little smaller than the DeLonghi models. You’ll still get about eight cups of coffee without refilling though.
And you can pause brewing for up to 20 seconds to pour a cup before the whole carafe is ready.
6. Espressione EM-1040 Espresso-Coffee Machine Maker
If you have some serious cash to splash, the Espressione EM-1040 is a cut above other combination espresso and drip coffee makers.
For a start, it looks gorgeous. It’s cased entirely in brushed stainless steel and (despite being made in Switzerland) it oozes Italian style.
Then there’s the espresso maker. This offers a full 19 bars of pressure for fast, effective extraction of all those wonderful espresso flavors.
It has the traditional two-way valve, allowing two espressos to be served at once if so desired. And there’s a steam wand for frothing milk.
On the drip coffee side, the carafe holds ten cups. Keep it on the warming plate and your coffee will stay hot for longer.
What’s the difference between drip coffee and espresso?
What’s the difference between these two kinds of coffee in the first place?
The experience of drinking drip coffee is quite different from espresso. To start with, with drip coffee you’ll be drinking a larger serving. That means you can linger over your cup for longer.
Some people think that espresso has more caffeine, but that isn’t the case. The main thing that changes how much caffeine is in your drink is how many beans have gone into making it. As a result, the larger serving of drip coffee will usually have far more caffeine than an espresso.
But because you’ll drink your espresso more quickly, you’ll feel more of an effect from the caffeine it contains. If you’re looking for an energy boost, that makes it a great choice.
It’s also fast to brew. It’s true that for the best results you’ll need to grind your coffee fresh. And there’s a degree of fussing around with the portafilter.
But pulling an espresso shot takes just a few seconds. That’s because an espresso machine forces pressurized steam through the coffee grounds, extracting the flavor very quickly.
That compares to a recommended five minute contact time between beans and water in a drip system. And if you’re brewing a full carafe, it can take longer than that.
It won’t be any surprise that those differences mean coffee that tastes very different too. And if you want an authentic cappuccino or latte, you’ll need an espresso as the base.
This YouTube provides a helpful overview of the differences between these two coffee styles.
So why pick a combo maker?
With all those differences, perhaps it’s not surprising that each style of coffee has its devoted fans.
And for some, their preference changes with their mood. Maybe they love espresso as a morning pick-me-up, but want to linger over a coffee with friends in the afternoon.
So if you’ve got a household of people with different tastes, or you enjoy both coffee styles, think about a combo machine.
It’s particularly useful if you’re short on space. Drip coffee makers, in particular, can take up a lot of room on your countertop.
What features should you look for?
First of all, consider how much effort you’re ready to put in. If your priority is the convenience, it’s worth considering a single cup machine. All you have to do is pick a pod, pop it in, and select espresso or long coffee.
It doesn’t get any easier than that, but there are some disadvantages.
First of all, what you’re drinking isn’t either traditional espresso or drip coffee. Whichever serving size you choose, your coffee will be brewed the same way. The main difference is the amount of water going into the cup.
Some single serve machines give you the option of using different sized pods depending on your choice. In most cases, though, you’ll be using the same amount of coffee. That means a larger serving will be weaker than an espresso.
And of course, you won’t have a carafe. If you’re looking for a convivial breakfast sharing a pot of coffee, this option won’t be for you.
Other machines combine a proper drip coffee maker with an espresso machine. That means they have more complex mechanisms, so check stats on reliability before you buy.
Our top pick
For authentic espresso and quality drip coffee, our vote goes to the Aicook. It’s a quality machine that performs well and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
But if you have limbs to spare, splash out on the Espressione. You’ll get an extra four bars of pressure, plus envious looks from every visitor to your kitchen.