What Is the Best Coffee to Use at Home in My Espresso Machine?

Are you one of those fancy folk with your own espresso machine at home?

Congratulations, we can be friends.

Given your investment in both the machine itself and the valuable space on your kitchen counter, we thought you’d probably be interested to know the best coffee to use in your new toy.

At Capital Coffee, we’ve been roasting coffee for nearly 40 years, mostly for commercial clients (coffee shops and restaurants) in London and around the UK. Much of our coffee is roasted and blended with espresso machines in mind. 

Espresso machines brew coffee at 9-15 bar pressure (depending on whether they have a rotary or vibration pump). For comparison, your kitchen tap is about 3 bar pressure. We need this high pressure to extract all of the goodness from the coffee in just 20-30 seconds - this is the whole point of the espresso machine. 

It means that coffee blends, rather than single origin coffees, are much more suited to use with your espresso machine. The delicate flavours of single origin coffees can be lost in the intensity of the brewing process, but a well-thought out blend is just right.

We blend our single origin beans together to create blends with a certain taste and texture.

So, which coffee is best for your at-home espresso machine?

We’ve selected 3 of our coffees and created an Espresso Tasting Pack so you can find the perfect coffee for you.

You can order in bags of 250g, 500g, or 1000g and discover which is your personal favourite.

Supreme Blend

Supeme is our OG blend, dating back to the 90's, this has historically been our signature blend. 

We have worked on perfecting this even further and it will now replace our Espresso blend.


  • Brazil Santos
  • Colombia Excelso
  • Vietnam Robusta


Shogun blend.

We have renamed our Barista Blend to our new Shogun Blend. 

This will be replacing all the Reserve Blend orders. A nod towards more modern flavour profiles, this blend is perfectly suited to milk coffees. 

Think rich flavours of milk chocolate, malt and praline with a smooth body.


  • Sweet 4 Brazil - Mundo Nuovo
  • Colombia Excelso
  • Guatemala Huekhuetenango
  • Indonesia Sumatra


Two Brothers Blend

Two Brothers is our brand new specialty coffee blend.

A blend of Brazil and Peru gives a delightfully sweet and complex coffee, with a big buttery body. You can expect notes of digestive biscuit, honey and plum.


  • Peru Huabal
  • Brasil Sao Bernardo
  • Brasil Barrinha


There’s no best blend; there are best times and ways to enjoy each one according to your personal taste.

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