5 Things You Didn't Know About Espresso Machines
You probably noticed it when you visited a coffee shop with respect for itself. A huge monster room of a coffee machine that spits out a single cup of coffee at a time. It has become a whole art form to make a perfect cup of coffee with patterns in milk foam. However, you can also just make a good espresso at home in the kitchen. Here we explain how.
1. An espresso machine is available in different types and sizes
There is miles from your own regular filter coffee machine at home on the kitchen table to a fully automatic espresso machine at the coffee shops. Both in size, price and technique. However, they are also available in smaller editions if the wallet and especially the table space do not allow you to invest in the larger ones. There are 3 variants of espresso machines: semi-automatic, automatic and fully automatic.
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2. The semiautomatic espresso machine
The semi-automatic espresso machine works manually, where you first have to grind your coffee beans nicely, pour it into a portafilter and then stomp the coffee with a tamper. In this way, you ensure the correct flow time of the water (20-25 seconds). If the water runs too fast, the coffee becomes too thin, and if it runs too slowly, the coffee becomes too bitter. The porta filter is placed on the espresso machine and you turn on the water and voila!
This type of machine usually also has a foam that you can use to foam milk using steam in a steel jug. This way you can, for example, make a café latte.
3. The automatic espresso machine
An espresso machine with grinder is ideal as you do not have to first grind your coffee beans in a separate machine, and that is exactly what the automatic espresso machine can do. The machine dispenses the appropriate amount of coffee to a cup and you can choose the strength yourself. The coffee then goes on to the brewing machine, where it is automatically emptied. Eventually the water runs through, and out comes a cup of freshly brewed espresso.
The automatic espresso machine also has a built-in steamer, and the machine can often clean and maintain itself with the right products.
4. The fully automatic espresso machine
The fully automatic coffee machine is the king of the espresso machines. It can be the same as the semi-automatic type; grinders, tamp and dosing. The difference is that the milk system is also automatic. It makes it easy to brew a perfect café latte, cappucino, flat white or latte macchiato. The milk system works so that you place the milk tube of the machine in the milk. The machine sucks up the milk, warms and foams it, and out the milk eventually flows into your cup.
The fully automatic espresso machine has a wealth of coffee and milk beverage presets and a wide range of setting options. As an added plus, it even tells you when it wants to be cleaned and you just have to start the process with the right cleaning products.
5. Choose the right espresso coffee beans for your machine
Now you have invested in one of the 3 variants. You are ready to embark on the art of brewing a perfect cup of espresso. But which espresso beans should I choose? are you thinking. Your coffee will not be perfect if the quality of espresso beans is not top notch. Many companies offer their own quality blends of beans. Of course, we recommend always freshly roasted quality coffee for your espresso machine.
No perfect cup of coffee is made without a perfect milk pattern, which can also be a whole art in itself. It’s probably the only thing the fully automatic machine can’t handle, so you have to learn that yourself. We have an article here if you want to learn a little on the subject.