If you find yourself spending a ridiculous amount of money on your morning time coffee addiction and are in search of a cost effective alternative, it might be a good idea for you to buy an espresso machine and cut out the middle man. Like any other big purchases, you will want to do your research. We will start with the big question of: why is an espresso machine for use at home a good decision? First of all, you will save money, save time, and spare yourself the headache and embarrassment of shuffling through long lines and possibly spilling your pricey purchase down the front of your clothes. While looking for an espresso machine you will want to consider a few things before making the purchase.
- Check consumer reviews on the model you are considering.
- Find a good grinder.
- Decide if you would prefer a manual machine or a semiautomatic machine.
What kind of accessories are you looking for?
Checking consumer reviews will prove to be an important asset because you can get advice from people that have actually already had the chance to use the machine you are considering, and they can offer you the pros and cons of each device. You can then weight their pros and cons with your own to decide if an espresso machine is something you think you can manage and afford.
A good grinder will be one of the more important components of the espresso machine. A grinder is important because in order to make a good espresso, you need a grinder that is capable of grinding the coffee beans into a fine powder. You don’t want a uniform grind because this can hinder the percolation process. Ideally, you want small, nonuniform particles. This will help the rate that the water flows through. The most common type of grinder is called a ball mill grinder. A ball mill grinder will provide you with good particle distribution and will aid in the extraction of the espresso.
Next, determine the type of machine you want. Manual espresso machines require more work. You need to grind the beans yourself and add the right amount of water, while using the lever to apply pressure to force the water through the coffee. A semiautomatic machine will brew the coffee quickly and requires far less maintenance. Semiautomatic machines will complete most of the steps with little assistance from the user.
Finally, you will want to look into accessories. Different available accessories include: frothing pitchers, coffee tampers, and knock boxes. First and foremost though, you will want to purchase a cleaning kit so that you can clean, sanitize, and maintain your new machine.
Keep in mind that a good espresso machine is going to be costly. But once you weight the afford-ability and convenience factors associated with making espresso at home, rather than purchasing it on the go, you can decide to make it an investment that will be worth it in the long run.