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How do Espresso Machines Create Espresso Coffee

Espresso machines are devices specifically engineered to brew espresso coffee drinks. The price for an espresso machine depends on the type; brand and model. Each type of espresso machine varies in size and feature list. There are five types of espresso machines available for purchase.

Manual Espresso Machines

From start to finish, manual espresso machines require complete user interaction. The manual lever action on a manual machine aids water through coffee grinds resulting in a cup of espresso coffee. The coffee grinds require compression in the portafilter, referred to as tamping, before starting the brew step. The design of the manual machine means there is no steam pump engineered into these machines to aid the brewing process. Therefore, any user of a manual machine requires a learning phase to produce a cup of espresso coffee.

Potential espresso machine owners, who seek a more authentic espresso brewing experience can opt for purchasing a manual espresso machine. Manual machines are also useful for educating professional baristas because the trainee has the opportinity to fully appreciate each phase of the brewing process and develops an deeper understanding of the complete 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 aiding in the brewing procedure. You must manually supply coffee to the machines, tamp the coffee grinds in the portafilter and clean the machines when finished. A coffee bean grinder is not usually attached in the semi-automatic type espresso machine.

Automatic Espresso Machines

Automatic espresso machines are simple to operate and automate those steps performed manually in semi-automatic machines. These types of machines also include a pump.

This type of espresso machine is often found in cafes and restaurants for preparing espresso drinks. High volume cafes find the push-button operation convenient and fast, which is a big help in situations with constant customer flow.

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. An automatic machine can create one or more cups, depending on the settings. The machines are capable of producing both regular espresso and decaffeinated brew styles. The final cup of espresso is ready to drink within a few seconds. A knob or preset button controls the milk steamer. This gives the barista choices over the final espresso texture. Automatic espresso machines produce espresso coffee in a fast and easy manner and are most suited to the professional cafe or restaurant setting.

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. These models are cheaper than the other types mentioned above, are fast to brew the espresso and may not feature a pump to aid forcing the hot water through the coffee grounds.

Super Automatic Espresso Machines

Super automatic espresso machines are a recent design development in the espresso machine marketplace. These machines manage the whole espresso process, namely: grinding the coffee beans; automatically filling the portofilter and tamping the coffee grounds; force water through the coffee grinds and dispensing the waste coffee. Super automatic espresso machines also shut off automatically and let you program how strong you want your cup of espresso.