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How do Espresso Machines Produce Espresso Coffee
Espresso machines are devices specifically designed to brew espresso coffee drinks. Espresso machines vary in cost depending on the type and come in a variety of sizes with matching features. Espresso machines can be classified into five groups.
Manual Espresso Machines
Manual espresso machines require the operator to manually initiate each process step of brewing an espresso coffee. Manual espresso machines host a lever that the user manually operates to apply pressure to water forcing it through the coffee grinds to produce a cup of coffee. Initially, coffee grinds are packed into the portafilter with a tamper then the portafilter is attached to the espresso machine to begin the manual lever action. The design of the manual machine means there is no steam pump engineered into these machines to assist the brewing process. Therefore, any user of a manual machine requires some training to produce a cup of espresso coffee.
Manual espresso machines appeal to those buyers who desire a more authentic espresso experience. Manual espresso machines also suit those in training as professional baristas for the reasons that the trainee experiences all the stages involved in the brewing process and gains an an appreciation of of the complete espresso brewing process.
Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines
Semi-automatic espresso machines are available on the market from a range of brand manufactures. These machines include controls for manually starting and stopping the brew process and a pump for assisting in the brewing . Semi-automatic machines require you to supply the coffee grounds, tamper the grinds in the portafilter and clean the machine when finished. A coffee bean grinder is not usually attached in the semi-automatic type espresso machine.
Automatic Espresso Machines
Automatic espresso machines are easy to operate and automate those steps performed manually in semi-automatic machines. These types of machines also feature a pump.
Many coffee bars and cafes use these mostly hands-off models to make espresso coffee drinks. The simple control features of the automatic machine is useful for professional purposes when there is volume demand for espresso drinks.
Within a cafe setting, for example, the barista simply fills the portafilter with coffee grinds, tamps the grinds and uses the auto buttons to allow the machine to perform the espresso brewing cycle. Automatic machines feature settings for one or more cups with outlets for both regular and decaffeinated espresso brew. The machine then delivers an espresso coffee in a few seconds. Attached to an automatic machines is a milk steamer. This is controlled by either a knob is a preset button. The barista chooses what to use depending on the amount of control required for the final espresso quality. Fully automatic machines are fast, easy to learn and productive but lose the artistic side of espresso making.
Steam Driven Espresso Machines
Steam driven espresso machines are considered an older type of machine. Steam driven models use steam pressure and boiling water to make the espresso coffee. The models are inexpensive, brew a cup of espresso in about one minute and may or may not contain a pump to aid in sending water through the coffee grinds.
Super Automatic Espresso Machines
These super automatic machines are relatively expensive when compared to other types noted above. But for the price, the whole espresso coffee making process is fully automated. The process includes; gindng the beans to produce the appropriate grind for the portofilter; tamping the coffee grinds; managing water pressure and flow, and finally removing the used coffee grinds ready for the next brew cycle. Although these machines are high ticket items, the espresso making process is fully automated right to the final step of turing itself off.