Home Espresso Machines: Introduction

Home espresso machines make espresso and espresso-based drinks such as cappuccino or latte. There is quite a lot to know about these machines so let's start with having a look at one of them.

home espresso machine with clearly labeled components

To operate the machine in the picture above you remove the portafilter and put finely ground coffee in it, you then tamp the coffee with a tamper, slot the portafilter back into the brewing group, put pre-warmed cups under the espresso spouts and turn on a switch to start the brewing.

The espresso then start to pour slowly through the espresso spouts directly into the cups. Once there is enough espresso in the cups you turn off a switch to stop the brewing. You use the steam wand to steam and froth milk for your cappuccino, latte etc.

If this sounds complicated don't worry - there are machines that do all this for you (and more) at a touch of a button. They are called super automatic espresso machines.

Further Reading

Planning to Buy Espresso Machine - Part 1
What do you need to consider when you decide to buy espresso machine? In this first part, I'll tell you how to decide which type of espresso machine is best for you.

Buying Espresso Machine - Part 2
In this part we will talk about which form of coffee you want to use: whole coffee beans, pre-ground coffee or espresso pods.

Inexpensive Espresso Machines
Here we will have a look at three inexpensive espresso machines. All three models are pump driven espresso machines under $100.

Best Espresso Machine: Semi-Automatic Models
Here I will talk about 5 highly rated semi-automatic espresso machines.

Best Espresso Machines: Manual Models
If you are looking for a manual espresso machine, here are three sugestions from like minded espresso aficionados.

Pump Espresso Machine
Pump espresso machine can use either rotary or vibration pump. Both of them have some pros and cons.

Boiler Types for Espresso Machines
What determines if an espresso machine can brew and steam at the same time? The type of boiler is responsible for that.

Descaling Espresso Machine
Descaling espresso machine is the most important maintenance tip that you need to know to keep your espresso machine running smoothly and producing delicious beverages every day.

Types of Home Espresso Machine
Types of home espresso machine: manual espresso machine, semi-automatic espresso machine, automatic espresso machine, super-automatic espress machine.

How to Froth Milk
If you want to learn how to froth milk, you will need the right tools and a little time to experiment. Here you will find some useful tips.

How to Steam Milk Without Espresso Machine
How to steam milk - part two. This time we will talk about steaming milk without any espresso machine. We will cover several low budget options.

Making Espresso
Making espresso can be tricky business, so here are some tips to make espresso that tastes like the expensive drink you buy in your neighborhood coffee shop.

Espresso Drinks
You may not be aware of all of your espresso options, so here are a few ideas to get you started. Once you know how to make your favorite espresso drinks, practice until you've got it right.

Manual Espresso Machines
Manual espresso machines are not for the fainthearted. Let's see why.

Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines
A short introduction to semi-automatic espresso machines.

Super Automatic Espresso Machine: Basic Features
A super automatic espresso machine will grind your beans, dose them, tamp them, brew them and discard them all at the touch of a button. Some of them will even froth milk and add it to your drink!