Over the years, espresso machines drifted pretty far away from their roots as an expert barista. This was mainly because they were designed by baristas who work long hours under demanding conditions. Despite the fact that in the past this was the only means to create a real espresso, nowadays you can buy a machine for as little as $100.
The majority of people I know prefer a small handheld espresso machine with a simple pod filter to be added to the bottom of the machine. This is called a pixie style machine. The first of these pixie style machines were introduced around 1970 and all subsequent generations have been based on this design. The older machines were generally equipped with a single cavity that contained a filter (no milk frother).
Other modern day machines employ steam pressure and/or a pump driven by a steam wand. The most popular among the modern barista, however, is a unit that combines both a steam wand and a pump driven by electricity. It is called a smart steam boiler. The advantage of this boiler is that it uses less water than any of its predecessors and therefore saves money. The latest machines are extremely energy efficient, using only about 10% of the power of its predecessors. This is because the boiler is so streamlined and optimized for efficiency that it does not heat up the surrounding areas when in use.
One of the most important things to consider when buying a new machine is getting a two-year limited warranty. If possible, get a machine that comes with a three-year limited warranty. When shopping for the right machine, get at least three different models, so that you can compare them side-by-side to find the right one for you. Make sure that the package includes espresso machines, grinders, filters, and hot water. Some stores will also throw in the necessary cleaning supplies so that you don’t have to go out to buy them.
You will also need a few basic tools when purchasing home espresso machines. Espresso grinders and extractors are very common, but you will also need a grinder attachment for those really good quality beans. You will also need a quality burr grinder, which is used to grind the coffee beans down so that they are more readily ground and made into a concentrate. A coffee machine manual will show you how to properly care for these machines and it should be easy to read and understand.
Of course, you need a full-bodied shot when drinking espresso. A good coffee shop is going to have the best espresso machines available, and they are all expensive. However, if you want to spend less money and have delicious tasting drinks every single time, then you should look at buying a cheaper version of the machine and put it in your kitchen. If you get the right one, then you won’t be able to tell the difference between the store-bought ones and the good, full-bodied ones from the shops.
You will have to spend a decent amount of time learning about Espresso Machines to learn which ones to buy for your home. It’s not something that you can pick up overnight. You have to know what you’re doing and buy the right machine for you and your budget. Don’t buy an espresso machine without a plan of action and a solid understanding of how espresso machines work. You will want to learn about making regular, short, medium, and full-bodied shots, how to measure espresso based on ounces, and how to pour over and mix drinks according to the recipe.
It really isn’t that difficult to buy the right Espresso Machine for you. You just have to know what you are looking for, understand the differences between the different machines out there, and invest in the education that it takes to become a true barista. Barista schools are around to help you with this. The better you get, the faster you will go up the ladder and start making your own delicious, rich, and frothy latte’s and cappuccino’s at home.