Saturday, 11 February 2017

Best Home Espresso Machine

Find the Best Home Espresso Machine

best home espresso machine
As a coffee lover myself, I have been presented with the challenge of what espresso machine to get as well. There are many different products in many different price ranges. We have complied the best home espresso machines to fit your needs and your budget. The most expensive one, will most likely not be the best home espresso maker for your needs. We will help you in finding the right home espresso maker for your needs and your budget and also update you on accessories as well as other information coffee, cappuccino and espresso, of course.

How to find the Best Home Espresso Machine

You are already considering, getting your own home espresso machine? If you enjoy espresso, it is definitely worth it, getting your own home espresso machine. The convenience of getting that perfect espresso in the comfort of your own home, as well as the savings from making your own espresso will quickly return the investment in your espresso machine.

Is the expensive one the best home espresso machine?

 De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso
Compared to simple and cheap espresso machines, which are steam-driven and produce a stringer coffee rather than real espresso, the quality is of course better. However, they will also have many settings, which might not be suitable if you are a simple home user. You can get great results with the best home espresso machines in the $100 range, which is what I would recommend as your first machine. According to Amazon reviews, the De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker is the best home espresso machine as your first purchase.

You do not only like espresso?

In this case, one of the multifunctional machines might be your best home espresso machine. You can prepare latte drinks for your friends as well as chocolate drinks for the kids?

Is the best home espresso machine always electrical? No – definitely not. You can buy an inexpensive stovetop espresso maker, that will produce a great espresso, whenever you want. Check out this inexpensive home espresso machine. Vev Vigano Carioca Nero 6-Cup Espresso Maker.

A great espresso requires a great coffee bean!

Not only is it important to have the best home espresso machine available to you, you will also need a good coffee bean to get the best results with your new machine. Also, make sure to check out our recipe section to take the best home espresso machine to a whole new level.

Friday, 3 February 2017

How To Make Perfect Espresso At Home

Making the perfect espresso at home is within the reach of everybody. You don’t need to invest in an extremely expensive espresso machine to be able to produce an extremely high quality espresso that surpasses the quality of most coffee shops. The truth is that most coffee shop baristas (90% of them according to recent studies) don’t know how to make perfect espresso themselves so perhaps by reading the few tips below, you’ll be able to teach them a thing or two.

Making Perfect Espresso At Home

making perfect espresso at home1. Have High Quality Espresso Beans – It is the espresso beans where it all begins of course. If your espresso beans are of low quality then it won’t really matter how great your espresso machine is. Having high quality espresso beans does not mean you have to go out and buy the most expensive beans you can find either. The very minute you open the bag of espresso, it will start to lose its freshness and flavour. In order to keep your espresso beans fresh, you should keep them in a sealed plastic container. However another thing you can do is to buy your beans in small quantities so they are used up quickly. Just so you know, contrary to popular belief, freezing coffee or espresso does not extend its life, just as freezing fresh bread doesn’t either.
Also, by buying beans and not espresso that has already been ground, your espresso will stay fresher for even longer. This is because the surface area of beans is far smaller than that of grounds relative to mass, so they are in contact with less oxygen which degrades the quality. So simply buy beans and grind it as you need it.
However, if you want to purchase superior quality espresso beans then make sure you look at the grading. The higher the grade, the higher the quality of the beans. In general, beans from Panama are the most premium followed by Nicaragua. However many of those beans are classed as speciality and aren’t available in many local stores, so you may need to order them online.

2. Grind Your Own Beans – As I touched on above, by grinding your own beans, you’ll ensure you have the freshest and tastiest espresso grounds possible. You have to be careful what kind of coffee bean grinder to get though. Some grinders will grind the beans so fine they will heat up, burn and lose their flavour. Poorly set up grinders will not quite grind them enough also, which of course will mean you’re not able to extract all the flavour from your espresso grounds as the water will pass through too quickly. You need to grind them into grounds and not a fine powder. I suggest you look for something such as a burr coffee grinder, which you can get for home use.

3. Filter Your Water – Simple as that really! By having the best components to begin with, you improve your chances of being able to make the best possible espresso from home.

4. Keep Your Equipment Clean – Many of us fail to wash our espresso making equipment regularly enough. Due to the small amount of liquid you get from an espresso, even a small amount of dirt can impair the taste considerably.

5. Tamping Your Grinds – After you’ve ground your beans, you then need to “tamp” them within the holding cup or porta-filter. Tamping refers to manually compressing the grounds within the holding cup. Many Italian espresso machines come with their own tamper and if not then simply use the base of a bottle or something similar.
The most important thing with tamping is the pressure you apply. By applying too much pressure, the water may struggle to extract the maximum amount of delicious espresso flavour and by not tamping enough you may end up with an espresso that’s too thin and bitter.
The correct tamping pressure is 30 pounds! All you need to do to ensure you’re tamping at 30 pounds of pressure is to correctly calibrate your arm on a kitchen scale.

6. Now For The Fun Part – Now you’re ready to start up the machine to deliver your perfect homemade espresso.
The thing to remember is that you need your espresso with a thin layer of crema on top and your espresso should exit the machine in a very thin stream. The crema will start to appear in your espresso after around 15 seconds. After 30 seconds, this will change to larger bubbles. Now is the time to stop, so keep your eye out for these larger bubbles. You can also listen to the change in pitch that will come around this point. If you carry on allowing espresso to exit from your espresso machine for much longer than 30 seconds then what you’ll actually be getting will be espresso that has been largely stripped of its flavour. The result will be a slightly bitter tasting espresso with far too many bubbles.
Remember that if you’d like to convert your espresso into an Americano then it’s best not to keep the espresso coming through the machine for longer, but instead to top it up with hot water.

7. Flush The Machine Through – Once you’ve finished creating your perfect homemade espresso then you can enjoy it. But remember that there may still be some espresso left in the tubes of the machine if you turned it off before it had all been extracted. It’s best to collect this remaining espresso in a separate cup, rather than allowing it to fester until the next day when it will be the first part of the espresso to enter into your next cup.
So now you know how to make perfect espresso at home even with an espresso machine costing under $100. You certainly don’t need an expensive machine to make consistently high quality espresso at your own leisure.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

How To Tamp Espresso Grinds

Of all the things you need to get right in order to make the perfect espresso at home, the tamping part is actually the easiest yet can have the most positive or negative effect on your final espresso.

how to tamp espresso groundsTamping the espresso grounds into the portafilter is in order to compress the grounds so the water will flow through the grounds in an even way in order to extract the maximum amount of flavor. It’s very easy to get wrong in which case you end up with a bad espresso. If you tamp too hard, the water will struggle to flow round the portafilter, eventually it will find the path of least resistance, leaving most of the grounds untouched. The result will be a bitter espresso. If you don’t tamp with enough pressure then you’ll end up with too much of an easy flow of water around the grounds, with the espresso arriving in the cup far too quickly. The result will be a weak and bitter espresso.

However, by using the correct pressure, with firm and even tamping then the water will easily make contact with all the grounds in the portafilter and the maximum and full flavor will be extracted. The result will be a delicious espresso!

The good thing is that learning how to tamp espresso grounds correctly is fairly easy and once you have the technique, you won’t forget it! You’ll also be able to watch how the professionals in your coffee shop do it and you’ll know you’re better at it than them!

Tamping Espresso Grounds

tamping espresso grounds
Simply follow the steps below to acquire the perfect tamping technique:

Step 1: Using your burr grinder to dose your portafilter, use your finger to even out the dose. By not ensuring the dose is level within the portafilter, you risk having certain areas of the portafilter more compact than other areas which can have a negative effect on water distribution.

Step 2: Use a high quality stainless steel tamper. Unfortunately, there are just too many espresso machines, even high quality and expensive Italian espresso machines that come with ridiculously cheap and plastic tampers which you should just throw away.

Step 3: Apply the tamper to the portafilter straight on, without an angle. You need the pressure to be applied evenly to the entire surface of the grounds. Many tampers will be slightly smaller than the area of the portafilter. In this case, simply tamp North, South, East and West, twisting each time you move. The pressure should be even throughout, at 30 pounds. You can practice your 30 pounds of pressure with your arm on a bathroom scale. Do this a few times for practice by actually using your tamper on the scale!

Step 4: Inspect your work! You need everything to be nice and even. If not then it’s not a big problem, simply knock the grinds out and begin again.

Step 5: Once you’ve finished brewing your espresso, you can inspect your work. Knock out the grounds onto a surface. They should come out in a single block, or cake. Have a look inside and inspect for channels where the water went through. This most likely means your pressure wasn’t even or you pressed too hard. In reality, if it all comes out in a solid cake mass then your pressure and tamping was probably spot on. Now all you need to do is enjoy your delicious espresso!