Not sure the knowledge base is here for espresso machines but hopefully....
My wife drinks a lot of fru fru "coffee" from Starbucks. They just went up on the price of her "coffee" again so I am looking to start making it at home. I know nothing about the espresso machines other than they are required to make a latte which is what she drinks, a french vanilla latte with whip. I have figured out the ingredients now just need the machine.
I would love to put her into a super automatic with one touch production but not sure we can afford it, so the next in line would be a semi-automatic.
The front runner right now is the Reville Barista Express as they can be had for a few hundred on the used market but best I can tell it will take 5 minutes to make her coffee.