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How To Make An Amazing Cup Of Espresso At Home Inexpensively!

Updated on February 22, 2011

Espresso at home

Have you ever wanted a delicious cup of espresso at home, but can't stomach the idea of paying for a quality espresso machine? Have no fear. You can now pull near perfect shots at home with a handheld device that is powered by CO2 cartridges. No more waiting for the expensive espresso machine to warm up for an hour while you pay for the electricity all for maybe two cups of espresso. 

Good Espresso VS. Chain Store Espresso

I myself LOVE espresso. I am on of the people who considers the leading brands of chain coffee undrinkable, over priced, and generally antiquated garbage by current standards. If that sounds too elitist or snotty, I assure you I am a pretty simple burger and fry kind of guy. I just know that good food, and good coffee tastes a certain way, and the leading chain coffees taste a different, worse way. It's pretty simple math in my book. And what's worse, you are paying the same or more for the leading stuff, when it is inferior quality and flavor.

I'm told by the Barista's here that this machine actually pours pretty stellar shots considering it is a handheld Espresso Shot pull machine. That does not mean that because it is hand held, it doesn't count in comparison with full machines. It means that the shots that result form this little device are very impressive. If it tastes great, it works. That is how I look at it. I don't really care if you have to run it through a jet engine. Does it end up great? If the answer is yes, I'd like to give it a try.

The handheld Espresso machine called Twist
The handheld Espresso machine called Twist
The disassembled Twist. Very Simple design.
The disassembled Twist. Very Simple design.
ground coffee is inserted here.
ground coffee is inserted here.
Tamp the ground coffee down with the recepticle insdie the TWIST machine.
Tamp the ground coffee down with the recepticle insdie the TWIST machine.
CO2 cartridge easily slides into the handle
CO2 cartridge easily slides into the handle
Replace the lid. Open the tab on the top of the lid and pour hot water inside.
Replace the lid. Open the tab on the top of the lid and pour hot water inside.
Replace the cap on the lid and squeeze the trigger located on the handle of the Twist.
Replace the cap on the lid and squeeze the trigger located on the handle of the Twist.
Even pour ristretto shots by removing the bottom half of the Twist and squeezing the trigger, allowing the shot to strain directly through the grate.
Even pour ristretto shots by removing the bottom half of the Twist and squeezing the trigger, allowing the shot to strain directly through the grate.
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How It Works

I came across this little machine while working at my local coffee house Tiago. The staff of experienced, traveling baristas explained how this little device works. It is quite simple, and it pulls quality shots at a fraction of the price of an espresso machine.





As you can see, there is the body, the lid with removable top tab, the screw handle with CO2 load, and the actual shot holder itself.






Simply Grind your coffee grounds, then load them into the ground reservoir. Tamp the grounds down by applying pressure with the provided tamp tool.





Here is where the grounds will be when placed inside the Twist








Make sure you have CO2 loaded. 4 shot pulls per CO2 cartridge. This will likely be done before you being operation in general. Once you load a cartridge, do not remove it or until it has been used up, or you will lose the remaining charge.




Replace the top half of the Twist, which is the reservoir that holds hot water. Pour hot water into the lid by removing the tab on top and filling.






Replace the tab on top of the lid. There are four notches easily labeled to remind you of how many more CO2 pours are left, 1 through 4. Squeeze the trigger over your cup or shot glass!







Easily pour Ristretto shots be removing the bottom half of the Twist and straining directly, avoiding the small funnels on the bottom of the Twist.









Enjoy!
Please note, I do not work for, or any way endorse the Twist. I just thought it was cool!

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