How to Use an Espresso Machine

Feb 27


Natalie Williams

Natalie Williams

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Overview of how to use an espresso machine

In order to produce a create coffee drink of espresso – one requires a specialized machine that delivers a highly pressurized stream of hot water required for processing this particular kind of fine,How to Use an Espresso Machine Articles powder-like ground coffee. With a thicker consistency than drip coffee, little amounts of espresso are normally served – often as a shot. However, it is rather common to see espresso blended with other beverages, such as cappuccino and lattes, in an attempt to reduce the intense taste and level of caffeine.   With a history that dates back to the early 20th century in Milan, Italy – espresso has become a famous drink among coffee lovers. This trend has led to an increasing number of people to purchase their own espresso coffee machines in order to bring home the taste they very much enjoy.   Before you attempt to use your espresso machine (depending on your model), you will most likely need to obtain an espresso grinder and espresso beans, demitasse cups, and water. When approaching the topic of water in regards to using your espresso machine, it is recommended to keep in mind that bottled spring water is not the number one choice for your machine. The amount of minerals found in spring water will damage your espresso machine. Alternatively, it is preferable to use water that has gone through a process of filtration.    To get an idea of how to use an espresso machine, an example of instructions is posted below:   1) First, you will pour clear, cold water into the water chamber of your machine. The boiler cap on your unit should be secure. In order to create one shot of espresso – one ounce of water is needed. A double shot requires two ounces. Depending on your espresso machine, you may be able to produce up to four shots at one time.   2) Position the coffee basket in the filter holder, followed by lightly packing in the ground coffee. Most filters will provide a way to measure how much espresso you are creating.   3) Next, you will remove any grounds found on the sides and top of the filter. The filter holder is then placed in the espresso machine.   4) If your machine comes with a glass carafe, this is the time where you position the carafe under the spout. When no carafe is available, a cup is enough. Turn on the machine and in due time – the water is heated to the appropriate temperature and then forced through the coffee grounds.   5) The ideal espresso shot delivers brown foam (referred to as "crema") to the top of the coffee as it begins to flow into your container. When the foam starts to turn white, this is an indication that the liquid with the best taste is no longer exiting the machine. Quickly remove your cup or carafe.   When looking for the proper beans to use with your espresso machine, you should know that specially selected and roasted options are found at major supermarket chains or coffee specialty shops. Serious espresso drinkers usually purchase an espresso grinder and produce their own ground coffee before brewing.