Questions tagged [espresso-machine]

Everything about the equipment necessary to produce espresso out of ground coffee.

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Is a Keurig K-Cafe “shot” really an espresso shot?

I've been trying a Keurig K-Cafe, which includes a "Shot" feature that slowly produces what looks like a shot of espresso from a regular ("coffee") K-cup. What is the machine doing to produce that, ...
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My Handpresso got leakage after leave it with some air pressure built in. Could it be worse?

Today, I got my Handpresso at work to have some coffee. When I picked up and pressed valve, I heard air escaping sound. That means there was still some air pressure inside chamber! I used it last ...
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Conversion of Krups Nespresso Machine to Ground Coffee?

I have inherited a Krups Nespresso machine model F893. The machine has a detachable filter basket, where you sit the Nespresso capsule. Manual here (for reference): manual I am wondering if I can ...
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Should any coffee be extracted during pre-infusion?

I have a Breville Express, 870XL I think, (single broiler, built in grinder). Lately during pre-infusion, a lot of coffee has been coming through before the pressure ramps up, while it's still low and ...
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Delonghi ESAM 3300 Problem

When I turn it on everything appears to work fine, it grinds the beans no problem and looking down the chute (where you can pour ground beans) I can see the beans fall on top of the infusor and then ...
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Time to bin Pod machines?

Finished with pod machines, bad for the environment. Decided on ground coffee machine, looked at De Longhi Dedica up to now, New Sage/Breville Bambino Plus looks good, but £400!! nevertheless, if it ...
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Espresso Machine: How Old is Too Old?

I inherited a Krups Type 964 espresso machine from my parents. Actually, I found it under a pile of junk in their garage 5 to 6 years ago. It had been under that pile of junk for probably more than 10 ...
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How does one descale an espresso machine (and how often to do it)?

One of the common regular maintenance items for an espresso machine is to descale it, to remove the buildup of minerals inside the machine (particularly the heating element). How often should I do ...
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How to avoid channels when pouring espresso

I've been having issues with my espresso pouring too fast, and I think I'm getting channels (uneven pour, sometimes one side gets blonde then watery pretty quickly). I'm paying a lot of attention to ...
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Can the Breville / Sage Oracle grind and brew simultaneously?

The Breville / Sage Oracle has a grinder, steam wand and espresso maker (not sure if there is a more technical term for the part where you click the portafilter into) in one machine. Online ...
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What kind of coffee machine can process powdered coffee?

I have a drink I like to make using powdered coffee, a coffee grind finer than espresso. but when I try to make it in an espresso machine, the powder expands, and only the first few drips come out. (...
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Any idea on auto clean coffee filter mechanism?

Do you have any idea on how to design a filter for fine substances left over after the brewing process (e.g. ground coffee or tea) without human intervention? This filter will be used in a vending ...
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Is it possible to get hot chocolate using an espresso machine?

I was wondering if it's possible to brew hot chocolate using ground cocoa beans on the espresso machine as if it was coffee. Has anyone tried something like this? I've seen some people on the internet ...
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Single shot extraction time in Breville Barista Express

I have got a Breville Barista Express just before a couple of days and I am trying to make the best single espresso shot I can make with this machine at home. For the last two days I was playing and ...
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How big of a difference is there between a pressurised and non-pressurised portafilter?

I have been trouble shooting some of my own espresso and realised that my lower-end machine might just be unable to make a better shot due to having a pressurised portafilter. So with that I wanted to ...
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How important is tamping coffee for an espresso machine

I observe that coffee servers (I refuse to use the term barista) will apply pressure to the coffee grounds using a variety of methods and pressure. This seems to vary wildly and I'd like to know how ...
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Lavazza A Modo Mio espresso drips out very slowly

I have a Lavazza A Modo Mio. Recently, the espresso extract has been dripping out really slowly and it takes about 10-15 minutes to fill half a cup. I tried to clean the machine like the manual says (...
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Frother got burn in base and won’t heat properly

The Frother as pictured got a milk (I think) burn at bottom. It doesn’t work(warm) well. The light start blinking and we have to run it again to get acceptable/preferred temperature. We tried washing ...
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Lower-end Manual Espresso

Has anyone used one of the < $500 manual espresso machines like a ROK or Flair? I've read the specs (up to 10 bars for ROK, around 15 Flair) and seen some positive reviews but I'm curious about the ...
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How to properly use the Bialetti Brikka

The Brikka, like many stovetop espresso makers, has a lot of parameters that affect how the espresso turns out. What are the best parameters for using the Brikka correctly? Which of these are more ...
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Should I press the coffee into my espresso machine?

The other day, I was watching an interview with an award-winning barista about how he prepared the award-winning cup of coffee. When he was putting the coffee into the coffee basket, he was also ...
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How can I make only a single shot on Delonghi EC9?

I have a Delonghi EC9 and I want to make only a single shot. But, when I put the half amount of coffee in the portafilter the cup don't brew well.
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Espresso drips out slowly

So my wife and I have a Delonghi EC155 espresso machine that we have used for years. Lately it's been having a lot of trouble pushing the water through the coffee. We can hear the pump pumping, but ...
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steam flow interruptions, air in the system?

I am posting 3 different videos that show the steam flow of my Nuova Simonelli Oscar I, these videos were all taken this morning with a few minutes interval between them (just the time needed for the ...
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Intermittent Bottomless Filter Spray — Any Suggestions?

I have a Rancilio Silvia and a Breville Conical Burr Grinder. We roast our own beans using a Behmor 1600, and typically do kinda light roasts. Very often, regardless of the bean, roast, packing ...
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Completely reusable, stainless-steel, zero-waste Nespresso pods any good?

Getting ready to buy an inexpensive espresso setup for at work. I've been very happy with the EC155, but I've noticed that Nespresso machines are very well engineered, very inexpensive, and much ...
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How should I manage settings for single shot / double shot

I just bought a Nuova Simonelli Musica + Eureka Mignon, so I'm practicing extracting a shot. I usually use single shot portfilter, as I am at home, and I live alone, so I don't want to waste too much ...
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Delonghi Magnifica - pump stops after 10 seconds with fault lights

My Delonghi Magnifica ECAM22.110.B Bean-to-Cup machine just stopped working. The symptoms are: Machine starts as normal Grinder runs and pump runs for exactly 10 seconds then cuts out Water from ...
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How can I improve this latte?

I have this Delonghi espresso machine. After much trial and error, I have got to the point where my I am able to make cappuccinos and lattes with a milk texture which is pleasing to taste. In order ...
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Delonghi Dedica rubber wand is propelled into milk pitcher

I own a Delonghi Dedica EC685 and looking to get some proper microfoam for latte art, I removed the Panarello tube and tried to froth the milk using just the inner rubber tube. Problem right now is ...
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When the espresso begins to pour it takes about 3-5 secound to reach the right presure, what can I do?

Hello I have some problems when trying to get a perfect shot of espresso The problem: So when the espresso begins to pour, the pressure is not high enought, and the color is dark. It takes about 3-5 ...
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My cafe roma machine doesn't provide enough pressure to push water through the finest setting of my grinder

I've had to turn the setting down on my grinder, but I know the espresso isn't as good. It's not as rich. When i put it on the highest setting, the espresso drips out, one drip a second, and that ...
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Rocket Giotto Brew Lever scratch

Is this normal wear on the lever to the right of the lever arm?
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Is it possible to make a frothy coffee without an espresso machine?

I'm a coffee lover and my day starts with coffee but as i moved in my house i lost the coffee machine so i wanted to know how to make a perfect coffee without the machine?
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Consequences of wrongly cleaning espresso machine with vinegar?

I use a small and simple espresso machine (Krups Model 963). Yesterday, I wanted to decalcify it and (being a rather unexperienced "barista") did what I usually do when decalcifying my water boiler: I ...
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Bean-to-cup coffee machines without milk steamer

I want to make high quality espressos at home with a machine like this, but I don't like milk. Therefore, if there is a machine like this without the milk steamer, it would be preferred. Do you know ...
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Which knock box do you use and why?

I've been using a repurposed plastic box next to my espresso machine as my go-to knock box, but recently wrote a guide on knock boxes. I'm curious if you can recommend any particular knock box? They ...
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What am I doing wrong if the used grounds in the filter basket are like wet sand?

I have a relatively cheap (<£100) espresso machine. Sometimes I find that after making a drink, I remove the handle and find the filter basket has lots of water in, so rather than tapping out a dry,...
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Moka pot induction heater

I was wondering whether there was such a thing as a small induction heater/hob for moka pots? I have a small moka pot which I loath using on my electric hob. I think it is a waste of energy given that ...
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What's the basket/tamper size for Gaggia Classic?

I just got my first machine, and I'm looking to replace the flimsy plastic tamper that came with the Gaggia Classic. It seems like the two common tamper sizes are 50mm and 55mm, but the 55mm I tried ...
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How to dismantle La Scala E61 group shower

I have a hard time dismantling the group shower of a La Scala Butterfly. The main problem is, that there is —as I have seen so far on other machines— any visible screw nut on the bottom of the sieve. ...
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Is it worth fixing a De'Longhi ECP3420?

I've had a De'Longhi ECP3420 for a few years and in the recent weeks it's started to develop a pressure problem. The espresso will pour for a few seconds and then starts to let out a drop at a time. ...
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How does water level affect steam?

The water heated in a metal boiler is kept mid-way, to create enough space for steam. The steam is used to heat milk and froth it. My question is, how does the level of water -- higher, lower, middle ...
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Espresso machine fish tank smell

I just purchased a used Expobar Office Pulser it came with a very strong smell fish tank or algae smell. What does that mean and how do I get rid of the smell? The water passes through the machine ...
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Why does my steam-pressure based Espresso machine not push water through the group head?

I have A DeLonghi BCO100IU espresso machine, but when I turn it on for espresso, even with a full boiler, no water comes out of the group head. I am certain this machine works on steam pressure, ...
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What bean-to-cup machines are available with dual hopper system to allow regular and decaf at the same machine?

I'm looking to buy an automated coffee machine for our small office setting maybe 10 cups a day as a perk for our employees. One thing that I feel we need is the ability to make decaf and ...
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What effect does portafilter diameter have on espresso?

It seems like a lot of the higher end espresso machines come with a 58mm portafilter. Does this larger diameter have some improved effect on the resulting espresso?
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Messy grounds inside of DeLonghi ESAM 2600

I've got a DeLonghi bean-to-cup machine (ESAM 2600), which I find decent in overall. But there is one very annoying issue: not all of the grounds make it from the basket into the internal waste bin. ...
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What can I use to clean my machine as a substitute for original cleaners?

I have access to an automatic bean-to-cup Siemens coffee maker. It has periodic cleaning programs of its own and also its own cleaning materials. Recently, we have difficulties finding these cleaning ...
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What acids are there in coffee?

I don't know what acids extract with what temperature. For example, in 93 °C what acids hurt and what acids extract. I want to know for better flavor and less bitterness in my espresso, what can I do?