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8 places to buy espresso machines in Toronto

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / May 23, 2012

toronto buy espresso machines torontoEspresso machines in Toronto are by no means a niche industry; we're a fast moving city fueled in large part by our gargantuan consumption of caffeine. But, if you're anything like me, you're particular about your coffee. Not just any run-of-the-mill (albeit economical) Black and Decker drip model will do; rather, it needs to produce a quality shot of espresso and be visually stimulating, which often requires going beyond your neighbourhood Canadian Tire or Wal-Mart.

Zuccarini
Zuccarini not only offers imported Italian espresso machines, but also bears a long history of serving Toronto caffeine addicts since 1954. In fact, they claim to have begun the influx of espresso machines into Canada--with a Gaggia, no less--and have continued to do so through a family-run operation. Their stock has expanded to include Elektra, Nuova Simonelli, Franke, Pasquini, and it all comes with an in-house warranty guarantee.

Nella Cutlery
Nella Cutlery is better-known as a supplier of food equipment for restaurants, and their selection of espresso machines certainly steers more readily towards a busy cafe than a lazy Sunday morning at home. But if you're looking for an efficient, multi-tasking espresso machine, check out their selection of Saeco two-cup brewers, or the one-cup Saeco Xelsis, a beautiful piece of machinery ready to prepare your favourite espresso-based beverage.

Faema
Faema has been bringing espresso and cappuccino to Canada for over 50 years, and they have the stock and presentation centre to prove it--you can even opt to test your machine before purchase. While they also offer coffee machines, Faema's passion is espresso. You'll find both traditional and super-automatic models from brands such as Giotto and Jura, espresso grinders, beans and accessories--all of which will fetch a (very) pretty penny, but just add up the many Americanos and cappuccinos you've enjoyed around the city, and it doesn't seem so bad.

Green Beanery
The Green Beanery is known primarily for their wide variety of beans, non-profit origins and ethical approach to coffee, but they also offer espresso machines from a long list of well-known brands, including Bunn, Krups and Saeco. You can easily lose track of time wandering through their Bloor and Bathurst store--in which Bodum figures largely. The Green Beanery's devotion to coffee preparation is evident in their selection--from pod coffee makers, to French press, to cold brew, and even in their sale of copper Turkish coffee pots ($60). You'll also find coffee grinders, roasters, and of course, their renowned stock of green coffee beans.

Espresso Planet
Espresso Planet boasts a near-intimidating selection of over 1,000 products spread over their massive 5,000 square feet of showroom, from simple drip and filter coffee machines, to cleaning supplies for your coffeemaker, to pump-driven and super-automatic espresso machines. They even have single-serve espresso makers available both as portable systems and porcelain cups. You'll also find an array of sauces and syrups such as Monin caramel sauce and the Torani line of syrups used in many Toronto coffee shops. As a bonus, their prices are consistently below market.

La Strada
La Strada carries a large selection of higher-end espresso machine brands such as Saeco--the purported inventor of superautomatic machines--as well as Gaggia, Jura, and fire-engine-red, gorgeously retro Francis Francis models. They also offer maintenance and repair for your espresso machines, demo model and out-of-box specials, machine cleaning products and other accessories.

Consiglio's Kitchenware and Gift
Consiglio's offers a wide array of top-of-the-line espresso machines--ranging from Gaggia, to Delonghi, to Bugatti--in both manual and superautomatic varieties. You'll also find matching accessories for your brand-name purchase, such as cup warmers and coffee grinders as well as ceramic and stainless steel stovetop espresso makers, and even a selection of turkish froth pots.

Nespresso
Nespresso coffee and espresso machines rely on pre-measured capsules which ensure a flawless brew every time. Many of their machines--such as the vintage-inspired CitiZ for $269--can produce both short espresso and lungo, and can be adjusted to fit a macchiato glass. Models such as the Latissima ($599) feature a cup warming plate and a removable milk container for storage in the fridge. Also, each machine comes with a 1-2-year warranty.

Bonus:

Home Coffee Solutions
Home Coffee Solutions is included because we didn't want to neglect you coffee lovers. This is one of the more economic and accessible coffee purveyors on this list. They carry both Keurig K-cups and Tassimo T-Discs--although if that's your cup of tea (har har), you should also consult Singlecup.ca --as well as coffee brewers that run the gamut from Nespresso to Illy to Breville. A wide variety of coffee and tea accessories (with Bodum represented disproportionately), milk frothers, carousels, and Illy-branded housewares round out the selection. They have two retail locations within the city.

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Discussion

35 Comments

J / May 23, 2012 at 02:30 pm
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What? Couldn't come up with one more to make another "10 things" list? Lazy^2.
For sale / May 23, 2012 at 02:34 pm
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idrinkcoffee.ca Has great deals, thought they are in Milton. I am selling a home espresso kit here: http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/hsh/3019362506.html

Nutsack Jack / May 23, 2012 at 04:16 pm
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If you can't get it at Canadian Tire, you don't need it.
Syncros / May 23, 2012 at 05:16 pm
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You had me up until I saw Nespresso on the list...
Amanda / May 23, 2012 at 05:19 pm
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While not in Toronto, the best place to buy ANY espresso machine you're looking for is Northwest Kitchenware and Gifts in Woodbridge. And they have an amazing roast of coffee you can't buy anywhere else called Saggi that is seriously the best. They'll give you one as soon as you walk in the door and you'll be hooked!

http://www.northwestkitchenware.com/
EARTHSHAKER / May 23, 2012 at 05:21 pm
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Why this distinction between "coffee" and "espresso" machines? Espresso, drip, cold brew, French press, coffee sock -- all of these are methods of preparing coffee drinks.

Tee chuta hhat yudd!
Matt Cahill / May 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm
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Correction: It's "Nella Cutlery". You have them listed as "Nella Cutley" (though you use the correct name in the body of your review). FYI.
evan / May 24, 2012 at 12:29 am
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Yup, slim pickins.
belvedere replying to a comment from Syncros / May 24, 2012 at 01:08 am
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what's wrong w nespresso? after spending literally thousands of dollars over the years on saeco and gaggia products and after repeated visits to the repair shops, i bailed on the fancy machines and got a nespresso after a colleague introduced me to it in hong kong. so simple and so tasty. sure it doesn't have the hipness of a real espressso machine, but if you want great tasting coffee with a minimum of fuss and bother when u stumble out of bed with a pounding hangover, nespresso is affordably attractive. each capsule is $0.63. my citiz model was only $300. this is a definite improvement over my last saeco machine that cost about $2K and needed a new water pump four months after the warranty expired.
yup / May 24, 2012 at 04:09 am
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agreed. Nespresso makes a damn fine cup of coffee.
Webmaster replying to a comment from Syncros / May 24, 2012 at 09:14 am
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the lemur replying to a comment from EARTHSHAKER / May 24, 2012 at 09:30 am
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Because coffee machines are more widely available than espresso makers, or even French presses, and compared to the money you can spend on an espresso machine, it's not such a big deal to buy a whole new drip coffee maker (like a Braun Aromaster) when your current one breaks.
the lemur replying to a comment from belvedere / May 24, 2012 at 09:32 am
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I've had mine for many years and it reliably makes a good shot better than anyone can at Faema, where ordering a coffee and something to eat seems to be akin to asking the staff to perform magic.
Mattie / May 24, 2012 at 10:30 am
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I'm still waiting for my cheap 12 year old Black and Dicker coffee maker to die... to replace it... with something really fancy... maybe I will never have to. :)
Tony / May 24, 2012 at 07:53 pm
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I bought I brand new expresso for a reasonable price from Adea Coffee Company. I buy my green coffee from there and I was very satisfied with the price. They do not have it yet on the web but if you call them they do have a variety in stock.

www.adeacoffee.ca
oncebitten / May 26, 2012 at 01:26 am
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Faema are a bunch of crooks.

Stay away at all costs...
Grace++ replying to a comment from Amanda / May 27, 2012 at 10:00 am
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We agree, both my Sister and I bought our Saeco and Delonghi espresso machines at Northwest Kitchenware.  Nice staff and their selection is enormous. I like the fact that they are an actual warranty centre for Saeco and Delonghi.  Not exactly in Toronto but totally worth the drive. Oh, and their Saggi espresso blend makes a great crema!
Sammy / June 11, 2012 at 02:57 pm
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I have found some good deals on espresso makers online from craigslist but usually used models. www.consiglioskitchenware.com is a great place also love the store and if your looking for espresso makers the pricing seems to be really good compared to Faema.
Espresso replying to a comment from belvedere / July 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm
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Cost to run nespresso:

0.63 per pod using 5 grams of coffee.
1000 grams divded by 5 = 200 cups (1Kg of coffee by quantity per cup)
200 cups * .063= $126.00 for a kilo of pre ground nespresso coffee.

Using a superautomatic or manual machine in comparison:
1000g divided by 5grams per shot= 200
Avg cost per kilo imported from italy = $20.00
20.00 divded by 200 cups of coffee= $0.10 per cup using fresh ground beans EVERY TIME FROM A KILO IMPORTED FROM ITALY.

you may have had a bad experience with an automatic machine but i can gaurantee you there are much better units out there.
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steve / September 29, 2012 at 11:34 am
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a very large selection of machines from all over the world, very impressed with all the staff, all in suit and tie, very professional, prices are very resonable and fair, they are the importer of ionia coffee, the most popular brand of espresso
steve / September 29, 2012 at 11:35 am
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sorry alfa cappuccino is the company, www.espresso.com is their website and they are located in vaughan at jane and highway 7
Bella / November 30, 2012 at 05:56 pm
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Another place for very nice, high end machines is Patera on Martin Grove Road, right by the airport. Very friendly staff, family owned business, but deals with very nice high end machines.
Limhong / December 8, 2012 at 03:58 am
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I need purchase caffee machine.
John / December 25, 2012 at 10:37 am
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Don't shop at La Strada. The products are overpriced and they don't allow you to return things even if they are in the box unopened.
Mark / February 8, 2013 at 07:31 am
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Found another at http://espresso-experts.ca/
Mino replying to a comment from J / February 22, 2013 at 11:58 am
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Best place in GTA is Anthony's Espresso. They only do Espresso and machines.... they are also the repair center for Several different makes.. no pots and pans or other stuff just espresso.. Great staff family run.
George Barbu / March 28, 2013 at 06:26 am
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John Smith / April 30, 2013 at 03:11 pm
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Nella Cutlery does not carry Gaggia equipment as stated. In fact hardly anyone does anymore, and I'm looking for a particular accessory.
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Goldie / October 7, 2013 at 08:30 pm
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Stay away from the Faema at Davenport and Ossington. You walk in thinking it's cute, folksy and old-world. What you get is a major rip off. These guys are shameless crooks.
Goldie replying to a comment from oncebitten / October 7, 2013 at 08:40 pm
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We had the same experience, big time. Mike diDonato and crew there are thieves. Our sympathies, if it helps.
Kat / April 11, 2014 at 05:51 pm
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I went to Faema to grab a group brush as a beginner at making espresso, and they sold me some different brush, totally unusable to clean the group head, and it was way more expensive than the right brush at Green Beanery. They were unwilling to do a refund.
Mike / July 3, 2014 at 12:53 am
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I find no problem with Nespresso machine as well. They make fine quality espresso.
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