Coffee means different things to different people. For some it’s a compulsory starter for their day while to others it is a drink they enjoy every once in a while. The drink has been revolutionized into a culture in modern day society.
With that said, good espressos heavily rely on the brewing. Commercial places have their means to make sure your coffee is special every time but what about the times you are too busy to go to the coffee shop? Luckily, you can now make your very own espressos at home and enjoy them as often as you would like.
Buying the espresso machine
A coffee machine is an investment like every other appliance in your home or business. You get to enjoy your very own coffee at your own timing. When buying an espresso machine, you will find different types and brands. Here are some tips to help you get value for your money.
Why do you want an espresso machine?
While this may seem rhetorical, it is in fact the first guide. Some people want a coffee machine because they want perfectly brewed espressos at their convenience while others have a passion for the coffee culture and want to dig deeper into brewing the best espressos.
The machines come have different efficiency levels and price ranges. Have that in mind as you go through the different types available.
• The moka – this type is an eight-sided hour glass shaped percolator. It is divided into an upper and lower compartment to hold the coffee depending on how large the machine is. The lower compartment contains water, which when heated moves up to the coffee grounds. However, this type has a low pressure which might not produce a true espresso.
• The stove-top – it is similar to the moka but has a valve to control the espresso and has a pressure valve to give you a real espresso
• Steam machine – this type is an electric powered and uses steam to brew the espresso. It does not make a 9 bar espresso since it operates from 4 to 6 bars.
• Manual espresso machine – this variation is a very popular machine with coffee lovers. It requires hand work to prepare the coffee since you have to pull the lever consistently. It takes quite some time to warm up due to the large water reservoir but does make a fine espresso.
• Semi-automatic – it is the most popular of the machines. It comes with a water reservoir and has a section for steaming milk. All you need to do is fill the coffee basket, tamp it, insert the portafilter handle and start the extraction process. It takes as little as 30 seconds to complete and you can choose a single or double espresso.
• Heat exchanger – this model is popular in both households and commercial usage. It is characterized by the heat exchanger system which minimizes delay between extractions. It has a pressure gauge to help get a perfect shot and large water tank which can be connected to an external water source.
• Automatic and super-automatic – the automatic has all the features of the semi-automatic and an added feature to choose a single or double shot. The super automatic carries out all the functions of the espresso machine in a press of a button. From heating, grinding to the perfect espresso. They are quite expensive but the espresso is worth the cost.