An espresso machine is used to produce the traditionally Italian coffee beverage called espresso. Espresso machines are fitted with a metal filter container that is filled with ground coffee that is tamped down to compact the coffee grounds, and the metal filter is locked in place in the machine. Some espresso machines are automatic while others are semi-automatic and require the user to do some additional work in order to produce espresso.
What is Espresso?
Espresso or caffè espresso is a concentrated coffee beverage brewed by forcing very hot, but not boiling water under high pressure through coffee that has been ground to a consistency between extremely fine and powder. Espresso was developed in Milan, Italy in the early 20th century, but up until the mid-1940s it was a beverage produced solely with steam pressure. Espresso is now produced with between 9 and 10 atmospheres or bars of pressure. Espresso machines come with temperature gauges so you can set how hot you would like your drink to be. It is recommended that espresso cups be warmed before use. Most espresso machines have cup warmers.
Automatic Espresso Machines
Automatic espresso machines are a great invention, next to the coffee maker, that will add exactly what is needed to your day, a great cup of coffee. Automatic espresso machines are similar to semi-automatic except have a flowmeter installed inline with the grouphead. Automatic espresso machines designed primarily for commercial use are the most expensive, usually costing several thousand dollars. An automatic espresso machine is one that will cost a bit more than a regular coffee maker, but you also have to think about how much more the automatic espresso machine is going to do. The automatic espresso machine is one that you will put the coffee into, the machine is going to grind the coffee, and then tamp and brew the coffee to your liking to create a perfect cup of coffee. Your espresso machine is so much more than a coffee maker, and will come with a recipe guide on how to create, make and enjoy the best types of coffee drinks.