Think about it, it’s 9 in the morning and you are already late for that important meeting because two extra episodes of game of thrones were really necessary, you take a quick shower, wear anything you could find, and blast out for your daily commute. You sense one thing is missing right, yes the magical drug coffee. Our companion for late nights and early mornings.
We all have been there standing in a Starbucks or any cafe, looking at the chart and going through our mind to what to order thinking I should try something new today and when the time comes ordering the same thing we have been since forever, next time try something fun, given below are a few suggestions
Black coffee is as simple as it gets with ground coffee beans steeped in hot water, served warm. And if you want to sound fancy, you can call black coffee by its proper name: cafe noir.
As the most popular coffee drinks out there, the latte is comprised of a shot of espresso and steamed milk with just a touch of foam. It can be ordered plain or with a flavor shot of anything from vanilla to pumpkin spice.
Cappuccino is a latte made with more foam than steamed milk, often with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or cinnamon on top. Sometimes you can find variations that use cream instead of milk or ones that throw in flavor shot, as well.
With a similar flavor to black coffee, the americano consists of an espresso shot diluted in hot water. Pro tip: if you’re making your own, pour the espresso first, then add the hot water.
An espresso shot can be served solo or used as the foundation of most coffee drinks, like lattes and macchiatos.
For all you chocolate lovers out there, you’ll fall in love with a mocha (or maybe you already have). The mocha is a chocolate espresso drink with steamed milk and foam.
Espresso and Espresso Machines
Espresso does not refer to a particular type of bean, but rather a process of extracting the flavor from ground coffee beans by a combination of not-quite-boiling-hot water and pressure. The word can also refer to the product resulting from this process — as in “I’ll have a cup of espresso, please.”
Pronounced ess-press-o, not eX-press-o, espresso is an Italian word, shortened from caffè espresso. Although many people believe the word espresso is an adaptation or translation of Italian for “express”(as in “fast”) because espresso is made and served immediately, that’s not the case. It’s actually the past participle of the word esprimere, which means, “to express” or “to press out.”
Espresso isn’t a different coffee bean, although roasters may have a special process for beans destined to become espresso. Roasters may prefer to use high-quality robusta beans to add an extra kick of caffeine. The preparation of espresso is what sets it apart. Other methods of brewing take time because they rely on the slow filtering of hot water through your grounds. This means several minutes between you and a fresh cup of coffee. Espresso machines pressurize and shoot near-boiling water through finely ground coffee beans packed into cakes. This method gives you a complex, aromatic, and caffeine-packed shot of coffee in under thirty seconds.
Of course, you don’t need a fancy machine. It just makes preparation easier and more accurate. So nothing is stopping you from learning how to make espresso without an espresso machine. Just remember it means extra work for you!
Different types of Espresso Machines:
1. Manual Espresso Coffee Machine
This type of machine requires the person using it to carry out all the various procedures involved to brew a great cup of espresso coffee. You will need to add both the water and the coffee grinds as well as controlling the frother if you are making cappuccinos or lattes.
- Easy to use.
- No battery/electricity needed, only manual operation.
- Every component of the portafilter can be easily separated for deep cleaning.
- Smaller in size than other machines.
2. Steam Pressure Espresso Machine
The basic stovetop espresso pot uses steam to create pressure on the water and coffee. Historically, there have been different types of steam-based espresso machines, but in modern times, only one is common.
- Removable, washable drip catcher collects coffee drips and keeps brew space tidy
- Easy pour glass carafe serves up to 4 shots.
- Frothing arm makes creamy froth to top off your cappuccinos and lattes
3. Semi-Automatic Espresso Coffee Machine
With this particular machine, you will need to start the process by turning the machine on and then pressing a button. Then once the espresso has been made, you will then need to turn the machine off. However, with this machine, you will be required to ensure that the water reservoir is filled and that there are sufficient beans within the grinder (as some models come with an internal coffee grinder).
- Select single or double shots of espresso with a simple 1 button press
- Removable milk reservoir is easy to fill, clean, and store.
- Cup tray adjusts to conveniently fit tall and short mugs.
4. Full or Super Automatic Espresso Coffee Machine
This machine will produce a great espresso coffee without you having to participate in the process at all. These types of machines come with a fully integrated water system (which is attached directly to a water supply) and a coffee grinder for grinding the beans. With this particular machine, all you need to do now is push a button and then the machine takes over and at the end will produce a great cup of espresso coffee. During each process, once the beans have been ground and used they will then be ejected and placed in an internal bin which can then be taken out and the contents removed.
- Removable brew group for easy cleaning.
- Different coffee aroma and temperature settings are also available.
5. Ultra-Automatic Espresso Machine
Ultra-automatic espresso machines are known for simplifying the brewing process to almost nothing. They have all the features of a super-automatic espresso machine with one addition; they also froth and steam the milk automatically. This is a relatively new model of coffee machines for offices and homes.
- Adjustable water level, coffee strength, and temperature.
- Fast and precise grinder.
- Costlier than other espresso machines.
- Plain text display or Smart Connect App control.
- Easiest and most uncomplicated to use.
6. Lever Espresso Machine
They are designed with an internal piston that pushes against the water to create extraction pressure on the water. The pressure is exerted manually by a human pulling the lever, which is why they are known as manual espresso machines. These are old-world, traditional coffee machines that need some practice to accomplish properly.
- A manual frother is available to mix milk and steam as per your wishes.
- Accommodates taller cups.
- Easy to use.
The selection of any machine depends upon the customer’s needs and expectations. If you are looking at easy to make and long-running machines, then, the newer ones the automatic machines are the ones you should look at or if you are looking at the essence of coffee making, then you should look at the primitive ones.
You should also keep in mind the number of people serving, which plays a crucial role in coffee machine selection.
Every expresso coffee machine is different and has it’s own pros and cons like every human being
The coffee machine market can be overwhelming, but I think this article would help you to understand what would be the perfect coffee machine for you so you can buy it and start all your days with a bundle of warm hug wrapped in a coffee mug.