The Differences Of Espresso Making Machines

| June 3, 2015

To make a decent espresso, you’re going to have to use one of the following types of espresso devices to help you. Coffee technology has come a long way in the past 10 years, and yet we even still sometimes end up with coffee that tastes like cigarettes. How is this possible? You need a quality espresso maker, and thats a fact.

Espresso Stovetop Machines

Stove Top steam machines work by simple pressure. The water heats up in an airtight chamber and then becomes steam. This is then forced up through the coffee grounds and in the carafe. Stovetop espresso machines are the simplest type of espresso maker you can buy. They don’t have any moving parts so they are guaranteed to work perfectly every single time.

You will still need a stove to boil the coffee and the only downside is that sometimes if you leave it on the stove for too long the pot will over boil, add the water will boil away on your stove or hob, possibly causing long term damage.

They are a cheap way of getting good quality espresso’s but can take a while to boil up, an they are really quite small, so you won’t get many cups of coffee from them. They are also perfect if your travelling and can be used with portable gas stoves if you still want an espresso or latte on your camping or hiking trip.

Espresso Pumpless Machines

Using the same principle as the stove top steam alternative, electric pumpless coffee makers essentially work the same way. There is an electric coil contained in the machine that heats the water, before it passes through the filter, and into your cup. You need to be careful to tamper the coffee to make sure that you get both the best tasting coffee but also the best consistency of that flavour.

Pumpless machines sometimes come with a steam wand to to make your favourite frothy latte or cappuccino. They come in a variety of price ranges too, from the inexpensive, up to the more exclusive models that will cost you an arm and a leg. If your going to buy one, you should make sure that you have the kitchen space for it.

Espresso Pump Machines

Making an espresso with a pump machine is a whole different strategy. Pump machines don’t allow the water that you use to boil and become, essentially the water is pumped through the coffee at a slightly cooler temperature before it reaches steaming point, and this produces a much richer espresso than a steam alternative.

There are 3 different types of pump machines. The first type of the most commonly found one in cafes and restaurants, and thats the electric pump machine. An electric pump allows you to calibrate the exact temperature that you want the water to reach before the machine pumps it through the coffee.

The power of this pump is measured in bars, and the basic and most popular pressure is 15 bar, but many coffee machines go up to 19 bar too. Although the higher end machines allow you to calibrate the temperature so you can create an exclusive drink every time, the cheaper ones do not. They usually come set with predefined temperature.

The other type of pump coffee espresso machine is the manual lever machine. With this the water is heated to a set temperature, and then you have to manually pump the machine to squeeze the water through. This is not as hard as it sounds, there is usually a large handle which allows you to apply a good amount of leverage. It takes quite a bit of skill to use these machines as you have to really know how much pressure you’re going to apply and how this affects the drink. The well known coffee phrase “pulling a shot” originates from this.

The last type of pump coffee machine is the super automatic. This is a machine that will do EVERYTHING for you. Including the grind, tamp and the pump. You just have to feed it the beans in their native form, and watch the machine do its automatic magic. Its really designed for those that like their coffee but don’t have the time to mess about with the best settings. If your a real coffee connoisseur you despise these type of machines for taking all the fun out of espresso making.



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