Questions tagged [espresso-machine]

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

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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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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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Should I thoroughly clean the portafilter basket between shots?

When I'm making lots of individual drinks I tend to clean the portafilter basket thoroughly and then dry it before filling it again etc. I've watched baristas and they tend to just knock the old ...
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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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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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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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