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Make Professional Espressos at Home with These Espresso Makers

Updated on January 11, 2010


Espresso, or caffe espresso, is one of the more popular coffee beverages. It is a concentrated coffee that is brewed with hot water under very high pressure. Although, the expresso was first created in Milan, Italy, it didn't take long before its popularity spread and restraunts around the world had their own espresso machines, offering fresh brewed expressos.

You'll find that espresso has a thicker consistency than regular coffee, and it has about three time the amount of caffeine than in regular coffee, which is why you'll find the typical cup of expresso is about 1 fluid ounce versus a full coffee cup.

Because espresso is highly concentrated, it is typically the base for other coffee beverages such as lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and mochas.  You will find that a regular expresso will have much more flavor and a much fuller taste, overall, than your regular coffee, which is why more people prefer it to the standard American cup of coffee. 

The Starbucks Espresso

On your way to work every morning, you may stop by your local Starbucks to buy your espresso shot, but you know what? You don't have to do that anymore...

You can now purchase your own, at home espresso machine and make a quick espresso before work, saving the few bucks on your Starbucks espresso and saving some time on the way to work.

Although, so many people think that it tastes so much better to have Starbucks make your espresso, but it's really all the same thing. They use the same machines that you can buy for yourself and the same espresso powder.

So, instead of paying an arm and a leg for a small 1.5 ounce coffee, you can have your own secret source at home in your very own kitchen.

There are different brands of expresso makers that you may want to consider. I tried including the best and top of the line below. You'll find Capresso, DeLonghi, Krups, Briel, Bosch, and Breville. There are other expresso machines that you can check out, but these are the best of the best, and you'll find that you'll have your true Starbucks espresso with one of these espresso machines.

Espresso Maker

Your expresso machine is going to work a little differently than your regular drip coffee machine. You'll find that when making an espresso, the espresso machine will force very hot water at very high pressure through the coffee, which has already been finely ground into powder.

Now, there are two basic espresso makers that you can purchase- the simple espresso machine and the pump style espresso maker.

The simple espresso makers have a funnel shaped piece of metal that the coffee is packed into. The water is added into the reservoir at the bottom of the funnel piece, and the top is screwed on. Then, when heated, the pressure will build until the pressure escapes the tube at the top of the machine.

With the simple espresso makers, you'll find that the pressure in the machine will depend on the temperature of the water, and if the temperature does not get hot enough, then the pressure will not build enough. But, because these machines are so simple in design and works, you will find that they are much cheaper than the espresso machines that actually provide you with a professional espresso.

In order to get that true Starbucks espresso, you'll want to purchase the pump style expresso machine. These are a little more complicated, in that they have the reservoir to hold the water, the pump to draw the water out of the reservoir and into the heating chamber, the heating chamber to heat the water, the porta-filter to hold the coffee powder inside the basket, a steam wand to heat and froth milk, and the basic control panel to turn the machine on and off.

When making a shot of espresso with the pump-style expresso maker, you'll find that the directions will pretty much vary just a little per the machine that you are using. But, for the most part, you'll turn on the machine, add water, let it heat up, pour in the expressso powder, and wait for your Starbucks espresso to pour into your glass.

If you want a little froth added to the top, you will have to wait until the espresso has poured. Move the porta-filter, and engage the valve that warms and froths your milk for foam on the top of your espresso.


Making an Espresso

When making an espresso, you'll want to make sure that you carefully prepare the coffee so that it is not too sour, bitter, or overpowering, which is very common with expressos that are not made and prepared properly.

For best results, you'll want to use freshly roasted and ground coffee beans. You will want to use a sharp coffee grinder because when ground propely, the espresso will be smooth and more flavorful than otherwise.

After you have ground the beans, the oils of the coffee will have been released into the air, and will moisten the powder. At this time you want to tamp the powder into the porta-filter so that it is packed nicely.

This will ensure that your espresso will be smooth and full of flavor that you love.

Starbucks Espresso


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    • hobbitinspiration profile image

      hobbitinspiration 5 years ago from Monmouth, OR

      Thank you for this! I've just returned from San Francisco and had some incredible expresso and wanted to look into it a little more. I still need to try Starbucks expresso and then I'll try a machine like you listed that a family member has. Thanks for the post!

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      Daliah Lego 7 years ago from Kazakhstan (where Borat came from. LOL)

      I read several hubs about espresso here, and yours is the best. You really explained a lot about espresso. I love hubs that are not just commercial but also informational with details.

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      hattoss 9 years ago from United States

      Making espresso at home, never thought of it before. I will go throgh the machine pricing.