Looking for the perfect shot of coffee? Maybe you want a more robust flavor in your cappucinos and lattes. When it comes to taste and aroma, espresso machines deliver the most bang for your buck.
When you brew a shot of espresso, you get more of the coffee beans’ aroma into the cup. How is this possible? It begins with the beans. Espresso beans are finely ground until they are the right texture for the chosen type of machine. Water is heated in another chamber within the machine. When the water is hot enough, it is passed through the finely ground beans. This captures the strong flavor and fragrance that have made espresso such a popular coffee drink.
What to Look For
The best espresso coffee machines are often the simplest. Stove-top espresso pots for the home have surged in popularity. There are even simple espresso pots that can be taken on camping trips.
When shopping for a new machine, always look for a model made of stainless steel so that rust is never an issue. Some pots come with cool-touch handles to keep users from burning themselves. There are even espresso pots decorated with famous works of art. The buyer’s choices are limitless.
On the other hand, you might need the brewing power of a commercial espresso machine. These machines let the user control every aspect of the how the espresso is brewed. With the push of a button, the user can dictate water volume, brew time, and even how much crema to include in each shot.
The Best Pump Style for Your Needs
Brewing the perfect shot takes skill and practice. Pump style refers to the way the water is delivered through the ground beans. Manual pumps require lots of experimentation on the user’s part, as the user is responsible for determining water volume and brewing time. They are a great way for experienced baristas to show off their talent, but can be intimidating to the new user.
For a mix of affordability and ease of use, many people choose semi automatic espresso machines. These require some judgment from the user, but carry out the actual brewing process by themselves. The user simply turns on the electric brewing pump when they are ready to brew, and turn it off after they have finished.
Semi-commercial machines offer more automated pump styles that leave most of the decision making to the device itself. Whatever your needs, there is a pump style perfectly suited to every user.
As more coffee drinkers are awakening to the intense flavor of espresso, they are looking for home-brewing solutions that are affordable and easy to use. Coffee sellers are looking for machines that produce the perfect volume and flavor to meet their customers’ demands. Take a look at the many available models and pump styles to find the perfect espresso machine for your needs.
Originally posted on July 23, 2008 @ 1:55 am