Espresso Machines

People love coffee so there's no surprise that Espresso machines for the home are becoming more popular. They're easy to learn to use, and some models add to the decor of your kitchen. With a little practice, you'll be making cappuccinos, lattes, and macchiatos better than the Batista at your local coffee shop.

What's the difference between an espresso machine and a coffee maker?The main difference is that an espresso machine makes beverages by using pressure to force hot water through more finely ground beans.

What's a milk frother?A milk frother is a tool or gadget used to aerate milk, turning it into a thick, frothy, creamy topping for beverages. Some espresso machines have steam operated frothers attached to them, but you can also find electric ones, hand pumps, and motorized whisks.

What's the difference in espresso, latte, cappuccino and regular coffee?Regular java is made from a coarser ground bean steeped in hot water. Espresso is made by forcing pressurized water through finer ground beans, making a finished product that is usually served in small servings called shots. Cappuccino and latte are both made by combining espresso with milk. Cappuccino is made with equal parts espresso and steamed milk while lattes use twice as much milk that has been heated.

How do you use an espresso maker?

  • Fill the espresso machine's reservoir with cold filtered water
  • Turn the machine on and let it warm up for a few minutes
  • Use a grinder to grind fresh beans to your preferred consistency
  • Put the ground coffee into your machine and tamp them down
  • Brew your fresh espresso shot and enjoy

Is there dairy in the crema on top of espresso shots?Crema is the dairy-free layer of foam produced when air bubbles in the brewing process combine with oils in the coffee.

What are some popular brands of Espresso Machines?DeLonghi, Nespresso, Bella, and Mr. Coffee are popular machine brands, and there are many others.

What are those tiny cups for serving espresso called?Those are called demitasse cups. They're about half the size of regular cups and are used to serve espresso and Turkish coffee. Each one holds 2 to 3 ounces of coffee.

What is the small hard cookie my barista serves with my espresso?That is biscotti, an Italian cookie that is baked twice, has an oblong shape, is often almond flavored, and is dipped into a beverage before eating it.

What is a Barista?That is the person who makes the espresso in coffee shops and restaurants.