What if I told you that you could make the best coffee in the world all by yourself? Yes, it is much possible with an espresso machine. Nonetheless, Such statements trigger fear or self-doubt to the device phobic people. However, to the machine phobic people, there is the option of making your espresso without a machine.
Nevertheless, an espresso machine is quite handy when it comes to preparing your most delicious drink. An espresso machine brews coffee by use of pressure. It forces the pressurized water to the boiling point by use of a puck and produces a thick, concentrated coffee known as espresso. With that said, I can’t fail to inform you that using an espresso machine is quite easy. Here are quick eight steps that explain ‘how does an espresso machine work.’
8 Easy Steps On How to Use an Espresso Machine
Connect the machine to the power source
Espresso machines are power-driven tools. The common source of power in this machine is electricity. They come with a power cord that you can easily plug-in in the socket. Remember that this is not the time to put the power on. Also, this stage is prone to accidents if your cord has a live wire. Consequently, always handle the cord carefully and do not use any live wire. If your cord is not safety promising, you can consider purchasing another pocket-friendly espresso machine under 300
Fill the espresso machine with water
After connecting the espresso machine to the power source, it is time to fill it with water. If you are using a big espresso machine, it has a water filling opening on the top. The water goes to the inbuilt water reservoir or the water lines. Probably you are wondering what the use of this water is. Water is used in preparing the espresso and cooling the device. The water used should always be clean and soft if you want the machine to last longer. Also, it is vital to descale your machine if the water contains minerals regularly.
Power on the machine
In this step, it is time to get things done. If some fear is creeping in, just psyche yourself and take control. Switch the power on from the power source. Also, if your machine has an extra button, you should put it on. Different devices have different powering strategies. Hence you can also check the manual. After confirming that there is a faultless flow of power unto the machine, give the water some few minutes to heat. The heating time depends on the size of your device, the bigger the machine, the greater the heating time.
Grind the coffee beans
Take the roasted coffee beans and grind them using the coffee grinder. Use your fingers to check on the texture of the coffee beans until you feel they are smooth enough. Use a spoon to fill the coffee into the filter. However, if your coffee beans are already ground, you will only keep them into the filter. Also, avoid using overstayed coffee beans to promise a good and new taste in your drink
Level and fill the portafilter
Using your fingers level, the grounded coffee in the portafilter. Remove any excess grounded coffee for the proper functioning of the machine. While knocking the portafilter with your hands, fill all the air pockets
Tamper the coffee powder
In this step, you will require a tamper. It is a small handheld tool that you will use to push the coffee down. Tampering helps in making a strong-tasting coffee or espresso. Hold the tamper at the top and gently apply pressure against the grounded coffee. Knock the portafilter gently on its sides. This helps in moving all the excess grounded coffee into the center. Apply pressure on the portafilter until the coffee is compact and evenly compressed.
Brew the espresso
Place back the portafilter into the machine. Push the head of the filter into the machine’s spout and slightly twist it until you a clicking sound. After ensuring that the filter is well-locked, place a cup underneath the faucet spout. Switch on the button on the machine to start the brewing process. Immediately, the espresso starts brewing the coffee while pouring it into the cup. The common mistake in this step is using a smaller-sized cup. Thus, it is good to ensure that the size of your cup can hold all the coffee you are making.
Turn off the machine and clean it
If you are using a manual espresso machine, you will have to put it off after all the espresso drains into the cup. However, for the automatic tools, it will automatically go off. Later, disconnect the cord from its power source and switch it off and enjoy your delicious espresso. Most of the espresso machines cost is easily affordable. Thus you can get it from the nearest market.
I’m Liam & I’m the guy behind COFFEE MINISTER. In my blog, I share my expertise and help you with your coffee-struggles. I can read coffee like the back of my hand and brew it like it is in coffee shops.