Bring the romance of Italy home with the rich, full-flavor of espresso coffee. Espresso machines are becoming more popular for home brewing. There are a wide variety of espresso machine styles available for the home consumer. The prices vary depending upon the machine's features: manual, semi-manual, or automatic.
The brewing system of the espresso machines force hot, pressurized water through coffee which is ground into a fine powder. The result is a steamy, distinct flavor with an enticing aroma and served in 3 ounce shots. Espresso coffee beans are strong and highly caffeinated, yet produce a smooth bodied coffee.
All espresso coffee machines have basically the same working parts:
Water Reservoir - Just like traditional coffee makers, the reservoir contains the water for brewing. Most can be removed for cleaning.
Pump - Draws the water into the chamber that heats the water, producing the high pressure needed to make the coffee. Heating Chamber - Usually made of stainless steel with the coiled heating element at the bottom. It works on the same principle as an electric toaster, heating the water as it passes through the chamber.
Portafilter - This holds the filter basket in which the ground coffee is placed. The hot, pressurized water passes through the filter to produce the espresso.
Steam Wand - Use this for making a latte type of coffee. Pour cold milk under the steam wand which heats the milk. Froth is made by holding the steam nozzle close to the milk.
Controls - Depending upon the espresso machine model, the control panel with have a power switch, indicator lights for strength of brewing, temperature controls, and time controls.
With a little practice, you will have a superb cup of espresso, latte or cappuccino to serve family and friends. Experiment with various espresso beans and find the flavor that appeals most to you; some beans are even chocolate covered.
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