Questions tagged [espresso-machine]

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

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I run my espresso machine until my whole cup is full. What's my coffee called?

I have a cheap espresso machine. I grind dark roast beans separately, fill a "double" filter with it, run the espresso machine and won't turn it off until my ~250ml cup is completely filled. I drink ...
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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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What differentiates a $100 coffee machine from a $1000 coffee machine?

There is a huge amount of price variance for coffee machines. Just a quick look in any shop will reveal two espresso machines, made by the same manufacturer, one in the $100 range, and another in 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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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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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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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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How do I keep slime from collecting in my drip tray?

My espresso machine has a pretty impressive drip tray, at just around 1.5 liters in capacity, it holds quite a bit. The problem is, if I empty it only when full, the bottom part of it has this ...
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What are the 4M's of espresso?

"4M" is something that I have been heard of as a requirement set for tasty espresso. What are these four important quality factors that affect the flavor of final espresso cup?
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Steam-Powered Espresso Machine: Crema?

Hi there fellow coffee lovers! So, I recently decided to purchase my first ever espresso machine (well, kind of)! Its a steam espresso machine made my Mr. Coffee®. I know its a beginner machine, so I ...
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Why do barista's keep activating the doser whilst grinding coffee

I notice that some barista's keep whacking the doser on the coffee grinder when they fill the espresso holder. What's the theory behind this? I would've thought that the fact that the coffee is being ...
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What changes need to be made to espresso machine so it can function properly in space?

I recently read this article about an Astronatur taking a "specially adapted espresso machine" with her to the space station and using it there to drink coffee. Now this makes me wonder, what changes ...
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Is there a way to get Caffe d'orzo in North America?

I know it's not really coffee, but I fell in love with "Caffe d'orzo" on a trip to Italy. I seems to be ground, roasted barley run through an espresso machine. The shots don't taste quite like ...
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Other uses for espresso machines?

I own a espresso machine and was wondering if there are any other beverages besides coffee which could be produced using it. Of course, using the hot water tap to get hot water for tea is quite ...
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Getting large volume lattes

So, I'm usually a pourover-coffee drinker, and I know a little bit more about that side of the spectrum … but lately (somewhat to my own shame) I've gotten into Starbucks lattes. Like, ‘more than one ...
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Do I need higher pressure to create a ristretto?

I want to make a ristretto. Besides grinding my coffee finer, do I need to increase the pressure of the steam, or should I leave it the same?
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What is going wrong with this Espresso shot?

I am a coffee roaster and am working through building a standard espresso profile for coffee shops in my area. I'm working with a particular shop that is interested in my coffee, but for some reason ...
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What machine is Caffe Vergnano using to make my coffee?

I went into Caffe Vergnano (a chain of coffee shops in London), and my cuppa was prepared with the following device: From a rudimentary inspection, it seemed to be an arcanely constructed espresso ...
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How Much Should I Spend When Investing In An At-Home Espresso Machine?

I remember discussing the merits of different espresso machines a while back at my local coffee shop with a seasoned barista. His advice was that anything priced below $1000 would produce sub-par ...
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Is it necessary to keep a portafilter in the grouphead when not in use?

Some say that keeping a portafilter in the grouphead is both beneficial for the machine and affects the quality of the espresso (by keeping the portafilter warm). Is this accurate? If so, what are ...
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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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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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Upward size limit for espresso makers

In my, somewhat limited, experience with espresso machines they generally only produce a few shots of espresso per load. Is this a technical limitation of espresso making or is it just that the ...
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How can I prepare an espresso machine for long-term storage

I am moving abroad, and will put my espresso machine in storage for at least one year. What can I do to make sure it still works when I return? Upon my return, what parts should I replace?
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How can I produce better espresso shots with my Gaggia Classic?

I just bought an espresso machine, Gaggia Classic.I tried making an espresso from pre-ground coffee with the pressurised filter (Crema Perfetta) that comes with the machine and I found the coffee was ...
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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 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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Why are the spouts on some portafilters not aligned with the handle?

On my Rancilio portafilter, the spouts are not aligned with the handle (I would expect them to be in a 90° angle). In consequence, the spouts do also not really align with the machine when the ...
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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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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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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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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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What are alternatives uses for an espresso machine?

Assuming that you have a real espresso machine, one that also does pre-infusion and has a steam wand, what are going to be alternative uses for it. If you want you could also list things to be ...
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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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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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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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Espresso machine stops working after making 2 cups

I've had the DeLonghi EC680 for about a year now. It is still working, but there is something wrong with it. It is able to make two cups of coffee in a row, but when I am trying to make the third one, ...
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Dialling in with a Barista express

I recently got hold of a Sage (=Breville) Barista express, which has a built in grinder. I haven’t been getting great results with it so far. Also, there seems to be a kind of mismatch between the ...
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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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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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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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Differences in Espresso Machines Steam Wands

Why do some home espresso machines have a steam wand with a sleeve over it and a tiny hole in the side of the sleeve? Why does a home espresso machine (even a 15 bar pressure one) often not produce ...
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Foam knife one on Breville dual boiler?

Is there any method to install the foam knife one steam tip (such as this one) on the Breville BES920xl?
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Will Cafetto cleaning tablets work with Sage Dual Boiler machine?

Will this Cafetto cleaning tablets work with my Sage Dual Boiler espresso machine (the "by Heston" range)?
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How to determine level of scale build up

I would like to find out if my machine already has enough scale-buildup for a descaling session. It's a 2 group, heat exchange copper boiler. About 10,000 shots through the machine. I use filtered ...
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What measurement should I take to buy an atmospheric filter for my espresso machine?

I want to buy an atmospheric filter for my espresso machine, but I don't know what part of the filter I should measure. Should I be measuring the radius from the internal part of the border of the ...
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Can I have this type of coffee?

I would like to know if people normally have the type of coffee I do. I take coffee from a vending machine that has a variety of options (latte, cappuccino, espresso) of which I choose espresso. This ...
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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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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?
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Coffee machine repair

I own a Delonghi Magnifica ESAM 3300: It has served me fine but it is like 10 years old. It has broken three times and twice I have been able to fix it myself (fittings). It is like $130 to just ...