How to Use an Espresso Machine
Fill the espresso machine reservoir or boiler with water. Warm up the machine according to manufacturer directions.
Grind the espresso beans using a separate coffee grinder, or the grinder included with the machine, to a very fine espresso grind.
Fill the portafilter or coffee basket with the desired amount of ground coffee. Tamp or press down, then wipe off any excess grounds.
Replace the portafilter or basket in its receptacle or holder, then start the espresso machine to make a 1-2 oz. espresso shot. Stop the machine once you have enough espresso.
Add 6-8 oz. of hot water to the espresso shot for Cafe Americano-style coffee.
Steam and froth 10-12 oz. of milk in a container or pitcher using the steam wand (located on the side of many machines) by placing the steam wand into the milk and turning the wand's knob on, until the milk reaches the desired temperature. Check the temperature with an instant thermometer, and turn the knob off.
Use the steamed milk in place of hot water for a latte. Pour the heated milk into the espresso shot in a coffee cup and add a flavored syrup to taste.
Things You Will Need
- Espresso beans
- Filtered water
- Coffee grinder
- Coffee cup
- Milk pitcher
- Buy flavored syrups made for espresso drinks from specialty coffee shops.
- Espresso coffee beans also come pre-ground in convenient 1 to 5 lb. packages.