15 Different Types of Espresso Machines: Which is Right for You? - Coffee Affection (2023)

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Espresso: it’s delicious, wonderfully complex, and highly caffeinated… It’s also a fairly expensive form of coffee if you head to your local coffee shop every morning. More and more espresso lovers are turning to homemade espresso given its lower cost, its higher degree of control, and often the ease of preparing it.

But if you’ve done any research on home espresso machines, you may have quickly found yourself overwhelmed by the number of available machines. To help you better understand the different kinds of options you have when it comes to homemade espresso, we’re breaking down and discussing 15 different types of espresso machines including some pros and cons to help you choose the one that suits your needs the best. Grab a cup of your favorite espresso beverage, and let’s get to learning!

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Understanding Espresso Machines

Before we dive into the different types of espresso machines, it’s worth reviewing how espresso machines work at a fundamental level so that you can better understand how the machines differ and what it means for the final product.

Espresso is made by forcing boiling water, near-boiling water, or steam through very finely ground coffee beans. Making espresso is really as simple as causing a very hot liquid or steam to come in contact with this fine coffee powder.

Espresso Fun Fact:

There’s no such thing as an “espresso bean!” Espresso grounds are created by taking regular coffee beans and grinding them into a fine powder.

Many espresso machines also have steaming wands that are used to steam milk for mixed drinks like lattes and cappuccinos. Because water must be heated up to a far hotter temperature for steam than for brewing espresso, there are a variety of different heating methods in espresso machines, which you’ll notice below.

Now that you know how espresso machines work, let’s take a look at the different kinds of machines that are available, as well as some pros and cons of each.

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What are the types of espresso machines? There are 15 varieties, including differences in water flow (reservoir, direct connect, and volumetric espresso machines) and differences in boilers (single boiler, double boiler, and heat exchanging espresso machines). There are also differences in mechanism (lever, steam-driven, and pump-driven espresso machines), and levels of automatic operation (semi-automatic, automatic, super-automatic, ultra-automatic espresso machines). Finally, you have pod espresso machines and stovetop espresso machines.

Whew! Let’s learn more about these varied options:

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The 15 Types of Espresso Machines:

1. Reservoir or Pour Over Espresso Machines

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The first type of espresso machine that we’re going to talk about is the reservoir espresso model. With Keurig machines and at-home coffee makers becoming more and more popular, most people will be familiar with a reservoir espresso machine. This kind of machine has a reservoir that holds a limited amount of water that can be used to make espresso, so you’ll need to refill the reservoir when it’s close to running out. This can be a bit of a nuisance if you use it often, but it also means you won’t need a dedicated water line to supply your machine.

This machine is best for espresso lovers who may want to relocate their machine, as well as those who don’t want to have a plumbing line installed just to make espresso.

Pros

  • Can be easily moved
  • No installation required

Cons

  • Needs to be refilled regularly
  • Needs descaling and regular cleaning

2. Direct Connect or Plumbed-In Espresso Machines

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Contrary to the reservoir espresso machine, a direct connect or plumbed-in machine is one that has a dedicated water line running to it for water supply. These machines have an infinite supply of water just like your faucets would, so there is never a need to refill a water tank or worry that you may be running your machine without water, which can be damaging. They will require professional installation and cannot be relocated without having a plumber in to cap the water supply line.

These machines are best if you make a lot of espresso and have the time and money to spend on having it installed properly.

Pros

  • Endless supply of water
  • No need to worry about damaging your machine
  • Great for large volumes of espresso

Cons

  • Requires a dedicated plumbing line
  • Requires professional installation
  • Costly to install
  • Cannot be relocated easily

3. Volumetric Espresso Machines

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Volumetric espresso machines measure water flow from your water reservoir or source and end the brewing process when a specified volume has run through your espresso. The amount of water used, of course, greatly affects the taste of your espresso, so having a machine that measures the water for you allows you to have a foolproof system for consistent, delicious espresso. Most will allow you to alter the volume to personalize your shot, which allows for some customization. You won’t have to rely on an external scale, intuition, or experience to make great espresso with a volumetric machine.

These machines are great for espresso drinkers who care about consistency and like to have coffee each morning that is just as good as it was the day before. They’re also good for those who want to play around with settings to dial in the perfect shot of espresso.

Pros

  • Makes highly consistent espresso
  • Programmable to taste
  • No experience required
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Cons

  • May have limited programmability
  • Doesn’t take ground size or volume into account

4. Single Boiler Espresso Machines

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Single boiler espresso machines are often cheaper than other options because they use a single heating element to heat both the water for brewing and for steaming milk or cream. The water used for espresso is far cooler than the water heated up to boiling to produce steam for steaming milk, so single boiler espresso machines need a cool down period between shots. These machines are smaller than most others, so while they may not be best for commercial use given their necessary downtime, they’re great for making espresso at home without taking up much counter space.

These machines are great for those who drink single shots of espresso and don’t mind waiting for a second one. They’ll also suit those who want the option to steam milk for mixed coffee drinks.

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5. Double Boiler Espresso Machines

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Double boiler espresso machines are similar to single boiler machines but, unsurprisingly, have two heat sources. These machines use one boiler to heat water for making espresso and another to heat water to a boiling temperature for steaming milk. Because of the second boiler, these machines are often bulkier and significantly more expensive than single boiler machines, but they don’t require a cool down period and can provide shot after shot in a short period of time.

These machines are great for commercial use, but they’re also good for families or for espresso lovers who enjoy multiple shots each morning.

Pros

  • No cool down between shots
  • Offers an option for steaming milk

Cons

  • More expensive than single boiler machines
  • Bulky

6. Heat Exchanging Espresso Machines

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To solve the high price and bulkiness of the double boiler machine but keep the benefits of having two heat sources, heat exchanging espresso machines use a single boiler to get double boiler results. These machines have one boiler to heat water for both brewing coffee and steaming milk, but they use a mechanism to reduce the temperature of the water heated for steaming to a suitable temperature for brewing. The result is a single boiler machine that has little to no cool down at the expense of being less accurate with brewing temperatures.

These machines are great for espresso lovers who put convenience and price over consistency in their shots. If you’re not an espresso connoisseur, having a small, cheap, heat exchanging machine with no cool down between shots is a great option.

Pros

  • Little to no cool down between shots
  • Offers an option for steaming milk
  • Cheaper than double boiler options

Cons

  • Little control over brew temperature
  • Produces fairly inconsistent shots
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7. Manual or Lever Espresso Machines

Under normal pressure, water will move extremely slowly through espresso grounds, which are very fine, and the time it takes under no pressure is far too long to make a good or even drinkable espresso. To limit the extraction time — the time the water is in contact with the grounds — espresso machines use pressure. Ideally, up to 15 bars of pressure are used to make espresso, and on manual or lever machines, this immense pressure is created by you, the barista. These machines have a lever to make it easy to apply pressure, and with varying amounts of pressure, you’re able to control brew time and water flow, ultimately leading to a highly customizable shot of espresso.

These machines are good for those who want the ability to control every variable involved in their brewing method for the ultimately customizable espresso.

Pros

  • Allows for high levels of customization
  • No pumps or machinery that can fail

Cons

  • Physically demanding
  • Requires experience to get right

8. Steam Driven Espresso Machines

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All espresso shots were pulled by hand with a manual or lever machine until steam started being used to build the pressure necessary for making good espresso. These machines heat water to boiling temperatures and allow steam pressure to build up. This pressure is then transferred into the coffee grounds for brewing. These machines are under heavy stress and are often intricate and delicate all at the same time. Quite a bit can go wrong with them, so they do require experience to use properly and safely. They also tend to be very expensive.

These machines are great for those who want the high pressure required to make premium espresso but don’t want to have to exhaust themselves pulling levers to make their coffee.

Pros

  • Produces high pressure for delicious espresso
  • Don’t require physical exertion

Cons

  • Can be problematic
  • Can be difficult to use
  • Expensive

9. Pump Driven Espresso Machines

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Pump driven espresso machines are extremely popular now, as they use a simple pump to create the pressure needed to make espresso. These machines skip the physical workout as well as the multitude of potential problems that manual and steam-driven machines can have. Pump espresso machines can be great for consistent shots and can be somewhat customizable. Due to the cost of quality pumps, they’re often more expensive than manual machines.

These machines are great for those who want a consistent shot of espresso and don’t mind giving up some control over how much pressure is used to make it.

Pros

  • No physical exertion required
  • Cheaper than steam driven machines
  • Produces consistent espresso

Cons

  • More costly than manual pumps
  • Doesn’t offer much customization
  • Costly
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10. Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines

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Semi-automatic espresso machines also often use a pump to create the pressure required for espresso. These machines usually have an on/off toggle to control water flow through the espresso grounds, so you’ll need to know when to stop the brewing process yourself. You’ll have to watch or measure the flow of espresso and shut off the machine when desired. This does require some experience, but it also allows for some customization in your espresso. These also often include an option for steaming milk.

These machines are perfect for those who want an easy brewing method that includes an option for milk steaming as well as a single, albeit very important, point of customization for brewing espresso.

Pros

  • Allows for some customization
  • Often includes option for steaming milk

Cons

  • Often no temperature control
  • Some experience required for brewing
  • Requires attention through brewing process

11. Automatic Espresso Machines

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Automatic espresso machines are just like semi-automatic machines, but they shut the water off for you. This means you’ll have little to no control over the temperature as well as less control over brewing time. In exchange for your shot customization, you’ll have a machine that can be set up and left to run without having the need for you to pay attention or know when to cut off the brewing process. In fact, many of these machines can even be set on timers for fresh espresso when you wake up.

These machines are best suited for those who want a fully automatic shot of espresso, like the idea of a set-it-and-forget-it style of brewing, and don’t mind grinding their own espresso or buying pre-ground.

Pros

  • No experience required
  • Simple and automatic brewing process
  • Often can be set on timers

Cons

  • Very little customization for your shot

12. Super-Automatic Espresso Machines

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Super-automatic espresso machines go one step further! These machines still have an automatic shut off and can usually be set on timers, but they have the added benefit of grinding your beans for you. This allows for the freshest espresso possible and will increase taste and quality quite a bit. They offer even less customization, as the grinders included in these machines often don’t have very fine grind increments and may not be as consistent as a manual or standalone electric grinder. They are usually fairly expensive, but you cannot beat the convenience!

These machines are perfect for espresso drinkers who don’t want to customize their shot and instead want a fully automatic brew process that can be scheduled. It’s also great for those who want freshly ground beans for the best espresso possible.

Pros

  • Provides extremely fresh espresso
  • Often can be set on timers
  • No experience required

Cons

  • Very little customization
  • Often cannot use pre-ground espresso
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13. Ultra-Automatic Espresso Machines

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Ultra-automatic espresso machines take everything that super-automatic machines do and add in milk steaming or frothing. These machines allow for a fully automatic brewing process with freshly ground beans, and they have the added benefit of being able to make mixed coffee drinks for you. Imagine waking up to a fresh latte or cappuccino — with an ultra-automatic machine, you don’t need to imagine it! These machines offer virtually no customization and are often extremely expensive.

They are perfect for espresso lovers who want a robotic barista in their home that can be programmed to make fresh espresso or mixed coffee drinks without any input at all.

Pros

  • Fully automatic barista
  • Freshly ground coffee and steamed milk
  • Can make mixed coffee drinks
  • Can be set on times

Cons

  • Offers virtually no customization
  • Extremely expensive

14. Pod Espresso Machines

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With the rise of single-serve coffee makers like Keurig and Nespresso coffee machines, pod-based espresso machines have become fairly popular as well, given their convenience. These machines take small pods filled with espresso grounds and often use a pump to create enough pressure to make a single serving of espresso. Many of these machines don’t include milk steaming options, and those that do are usually more expensive. These are convenient and don’t require you to grind or measure your coffee.

Pod espresso machines are great for those with limited time in the morning who don’t want to worry about grinding or weighing coffee. They’re also good for those looking to save space and want the ability to choose a different flavor of espresso each morning.

Pros

  • Convenient and simple to use
  • Some include milk steaming options
  • Don’t require measurements or weighing
  • Small and compact

Cons

  • Offers no customization
  • Pods can get expensive

15. Stovetop Espresso Machines

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Stovetop espresso machines, such as the Moka Pot, are simple to use, small and compact, and are likely the cheapest way to start making espresso at home. These normally get filled with water and coffee grounds and are placed on the stove over medium-to-high heat. The stove heats the water up until it boils, and the steam is pushed through the coffee grounds to make espresso. There isn’t much customization here, which means you won’t have much control. However, it also means that this is a simple way to make espresso.

These machines are perfect for those who want a compact way to make espresso that can’t be messed up easily. They’re great for those who don’t have experience with brewing espresso but want to start making it at home.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Very cheap
  • Doesn’t require much attention during brewing

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer much customization

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Choosing the Right Type of Espresso Machine

Espresso is a complex and highly personal beverage, which translates to countless different ways it can be made and customized. When beginning your research into making espresso at home, the numerous options can easily become overwhelming. So how do you choose between the 15 types of espresso machines?

To find the right espresso maker for you, you’ll need to consider how often you’ll be making espresso, how much you’ll want to make at a time, how much customization you want in your brewing process, and if you would put more importance on being able to dial in the perfect shot or on having a super-convenient machine that can make espresso or mixed coffee drinks at the touch of a button. Whatever kind of espresso drinker you are, there’s a machine out there that suits you and your lifestyle perfectly; now you’ll be able to say with confidence what type of machine that is!

Table of Contents

  • Understanding Espresso Machines
  • The 15 Types of Espresso Machines:
    • 1. Reservoir or Pour Over Espresso Machines
    • 2. Direct Connect or Plumbed-In Espresso Machines
    • 3. Volumetric Espresso Machines
    • 4. Single Boiler Espresso Machines
    • 5. Double Boiler Espresso Machines
    • 6. Heat Exchanging Espresso Machines
    • 7. Manual or Lever Espresso Machines
    • 8. Steam Driven Espresso Machines
    • 9. Pump Driven Espresso Machines
    • 10. Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines
    • 11. Automatic Espresso Machines
    • 12. Super-Automatic Espresso Machines
    • 13. Ultra-Automatic Espresso Machines
    • 14. Pod Espresso Machines
    • 15. Stovetop Espresso Machines
  • Choosing the Right Type of Espresso Machine

FAQs

Is 15 bar enough for espresso? ›

7-15 BAR pressure is typical, and should be considered for those who enjoy great tasting espresso. Top notch coffee makers come with 15 BARs of pressure. 15 BARs may be very useful, giving the machine enough range for an initial kick of 10-11 BARs, from where to drop to 9-10 BARs during brewing.

How many types of espresso machines are there? ›

There are three main espresso machine types, semi-automatic, automatic, and super automatic, and each type has a different level of oversight.

What is a 15 bar espresso machine? ›

15 bars is the max amount of pressure the pump in the espresso machine can apply during brewing. While that is the max amount of pressure, it doesn't mean espresso should be extracted at such high pressure. The recommend extraction pressure is about 8 or 9 bars.

Is 15 or 20 bar espresso machine better? ›

There is indeed a difference in quality for your espressos and crema when it comes down to whether or not you use a 15 BAR Espresso Machine or a 20 BAR Espresso Machine. While using a 15 BAR Espresso Machine is great, it'll leave you on the lower end of the 7 to 11 BAR pressure scale professionals strive for.

What's the difference between a 15 and 20 bar espresso machine? ›

A 15 bar espresso machine can at most, force heated water through coffee at 15x the present atmospheric pressure of the earth. A 20 bar espresso machine should technically be capable of forcing heated water through coffee at and up to 20x the present atmospheric pressure of the earth.

What are the 3 types of espresso machines? ›

Today, there are three main categories of pump-driven machine: semi-automatic, automatic, and super-automatic. Within each there are variations including types of pump, number of boilers, and computer-aided programming.

What is the name of an espresso machine? ›

They are also known as a macchinetta, Italian for little machine or caffettiera, Italian for coffee maker.

What kind of coffee do you use in an espresso machine? ›

While you can use any type of roast for your espresso machine, you will get the best results with a dark, espresso, or French roast. These roasts will give you the taste and consistency you expect from an espresso. If you prefer a lighter roast, go with a medium roast.

Is 9 BAR enough for espresso? ›

Barometric or atmosphere pressure measures the pressure or force (also known as atmospheric pressure) that the atmosphere exerts. Basically, it's the weight of air at sea level. When making espresso, you usually want nine bars of pressure, or nine times the weight of the pressure at sea level.

How many BAR is a good espresso machine? ›

Nine bars is considered ideal for high-quality espresso, though you can also get solid extractions from seven or eight bars. If you're thinking of using more bars than that, reconsider! It's all about balance in the world of espresso, meaning too many bars can be just as damaging as not enough.

How many BAR is a good coffee machine? ›

In a nutshell, brewing pressure should be around 9 bars for creating a great espresso.

How do you make a good espresso? ›

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What is the difference between espresso and coffee? ›

Espresso is thicker and more intense than coffee because of the lower grounds to water ratio, the finer grind, and the pressurized brewing method. Regular coffee uses a coarser grind, more water and gravity to extract the final brew.

How much is a espresso machine? ›

Espresso machines prices for home use range from $100 to $6000. The average price is around $1200. A good manual espresso machine can be bought from $400 and up while good automatic espresso machines cost more than $800.

Is 4 bar enough for espresso? ›

In a nutshell, brewing pressure should be around 9 bars for creating a great espresso. But when shopping for a new machine, don't worry too much about the bars that are advertised. If you do want to get into the technical side of brewing, look for a machine with adjustable pressure and pressure gauge.

Why is pressure important for espresso? ›

Pressure is what allows us to brew coffee in seconds, rather than minutes – and produces the concentrated liquid gold shots that has come to define coffee around the world. So, isn't it a little strange that we just tend to set & forget the pump pressure on our espresso machines?

How do espresso machines create pressure? ›

Commercial espresso machines usually feature a complex rotary pump to supply constant pressure. This type of pump uses a rotating electrically powered mechanical disc. Domestic machines often have a vibration pump, which use an electromagnetic coil to push and pull a piston.

Are 5 bar espresso machines good? ›

In the end, it's really up to you how much pressure your espresso bar should be. If you like a lighter coffee with less intense flavor and feel, then go for 5-6 bars of pressure. However, if you prefer more intensity in your cup that is rich and full-bodied with lots of flavor notes – try using 9 and above bars!

Why is Gaggia classic 15 bar? ›

Pressure: First of all, the pressure of the machine is too high. It's set to 15 bars from the factory. It's made this way so that the device will give a better result with a pressurized basket.

How is espresso made? ›

Espresso is a shot of concentrated coffee, made by forcing very hot water at a high pressure through finely-ground coffee beans. The definition of espresso shows two of the major differences between espresso and coffee: the brewing process and the grind.

What is the name of coffee machine? ›

Drip Coffee Maker

Drip coffee makers are an easy, familiar way to make coffee. They can brew a single cup of coffee or up to 14. Some drip coffee makers feature an additional brewing system such as a hot water dispenser or a single-serve brewer that is compatible with K-cups for more versatility.

What is the difference between espresso machines? ›

An espresso machine uses high pressure to force water through coffee within only a few seconds. Coffee makers rely on the power of gravity to gradually pull water through the filters. The coffee maker is almost always the cheaper option due to its simple function and limited features.

What type of espresso machine does Starbucks use? ›

Starbucks uses a machine called Mastrena. It is a brand that was developed exclusively for Starbucks by a Swiss company called Thermoplan AG. Starbucks uses super automatic machines that have built in grinders and a computerized menu that make the espresso making process as easy and quick as possible.

What do you use for espresso? ›

Here's a quick answer to the question: All coffee can be used for an espresso machine, provided it has the right fine grind. That said, many prefer to use dark roasted coffee due to its stronger flavor. In fact, you can sometimes find coffee labelled 'espresso' due to its darker roast.

Can an espresso machine make regular coffee? ›

No, you can't make a regular cup of coffee with an espresso machine, unless you have a dual purpose machine that makes both espresso and coffee. The process of making espresso is different from that of making coffee. With espresso the hot water is forced through compacted coffee grinds at pressure.

Do I need special coffee for espresso? ›

Can you use regular coffee beans in an espresso machine? Yes, technically you can use regular coffee beans in an espresso machine but the drink you'll make may taste sour, funky, and tart. We recommend that you use dark roasts to make better tasting espresso with rich crema.

What is the best water temperature for espresso? ›

Brew Temperature should be used mainly as a way to adjust the flavor of espresso in a machine that keeps temperatures extremely consistent. For the most part, setting your espresso machine at a brew temperature of 200 °F / 93 °C will give you good results.

How is espresso pressure measured? ›

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What is the difference between a latte and cappuccino? ›

Before we dive into the details, the key differences are: A traditional cappuccino has an even distribution of espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk. A latte has more steamed milk and a light layer of foam. A cappuccino is distinctly layered, while in a latte the espresso and steamed milk are mixed together.

Is Nespresso as good as real espresso? ›

Nespresso shots tend to have a medium body, a rich flavor, adequate aromas, and a minor acidity. Compared to a shot of espresso from a commercial machine, it's a little less intense and flavorful. Compared to your regular cup of black coffee, it's certainly stronger and more intense.

Why is my espresso watery? ›

Your espresso will come out watery for several reasons, including under-extraction, improper grind size, brew temperature, dose, and tamp size. If the tamping is not good and the coffee is too finely ground, your espresso will also come out watery.

How do you get a good crema? ›

Quick Tip: How to Create Crema - YouTube

How does pressure affect espresso taste? ›

Many have found that lower pressure has resulted in more flavorful espresso, or higher extraction coffee with less of the negative flavor components.

How many pounds of pressure do you need for espresso? ›

Apply 20-30 pounds of pressure, and polish

Baristas often recommend 30 pounds of pressure, but some do as little as 20 pounds. More and more are finding that tamping pressure is overrated—it's hard on the wrist and cause an over-extracted, bitter brew.

How many bars is Starbucks espresso machine? ›

Starbucks Verismo Features:

19 bars of pressure for a coffeehouse-quality cup of espresso. Machine reaches brewing temperature in just 15 seconds.

How many bars do you need for good espresso? ›

In a nutshell, brewing pressure should be around 9 bars for creating a great espresso.

How many bars of pressure is good for espresso? ›

Pressure 101

When making espresso, you usually want nine bars of pressure, or nine times the weight of the pressure at sea level. “Espresso has a long history, and the best espresso is extracted at nine bars” Stephen tells me.

How many bars should a good espresso machine have? ›

Nine bars is considered ideal for high-quality espresso, though you can also get solid extractions from seven or eight bars. If you're thinking of using more bars than that, reconsider! It's all about balance in the world of espresso, meaning too many bars can be just as damaging as not enough.

What bar should espresso machine be? ›

The ideal level of BAR passing through your coffee grounds should be around 7-11 BARs of pressure, though some espresso machines will be able to hit higher BAR. Machines capable of hitting 9 BARs of pressure will have the ability to produce a rich and concentrated espresso shot.

Is higher bar better for espresso? ›

When it comes to home espresso machines, the higher the number of bars of pressure, the better your espresso will taste. A double shot from a 9-bar machine will give you a more robust flavor than one from a 3-bar machine. But there's a bit more to it than that.

How do I increase espresso pressure? ›

This means that your coffee machine is having to work too hard to pass the water through your coffee, creating more pressure.
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To fix this you may need to do one or more of the following:
  1. Change the grinder to a coarser setting.
  2. Reduce the Dosage (amount of coffee)
  3. Apply less pressure when tamping.
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How many pounds of pressure do you need for espresso? ›

Apply 20-30 pounds of pressure, and polish

Baristas often recommend 30 pounds of pressure, but some do as little as 20 pounds. More and more are finding that tamping pressure is overrated—it's hard on the wrist and cause an over-extracted, bitter brew.

What pressure is good for coffee? ›

In a nutshell, brewing pressure should be around 9 bars for creating a great espresso. But when shopping for a new machine, don't worry too much about the bars that are advertised. If you do want to get into the technical side of brewing, look for a machine with adjustable pressure and pressure gauge.

What is the best water temperature for espresso? ›

Brew Temperature should be used mainly as a way to adjust the flavor of espresso in a machine that keeps temperatures extremely consistent. For the most part, setting your espresso machine at a brew temperature of 200 °F / 93 °C will give you good results.

What is the ideal temperature for espresso? ›

Espresso has 1/3 less caffeine than drip coffee. The ideal brewing temperature for espresso is 190°F to 195°F. The serving temperature for espresso (temperature inside the cup) is 160°F. The ideal time for brewing 1 shot of espresso is 25-30 seconds.

Why is pressure important for espresso? ›

Pressure is what allows us to brew coffee in seconds, rather than minutes – and produces the concentrated liquid gold shots that has come to define coffee around the world. So, isn't it a little strange that we just tend to set & forget the pump pressure on our espresso machines?

How does espresso machine work? ›

An espresso machine brews coffee by forcing pressurized water near boiling point through a "puck" of ground coffee and a filter in order to produce a thick, concentrated coffee called espresso. The first machine for making espresso was built in the early 1900s by Luigi Bezzera.

How do you check pressure on an espresso machine? ›

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How is espresso made? ›

Espresso is a shot of concentrated coffee, made by forcing very hot water at a high pressure through finely-ground coffee beans. The definition of espresso shows two of the major differences between espresso and coffee: the brewing process and the grind.

What is the difference between a latte and cappuccino? ›

Before we dive into the details, the key differences are: A traditional cappuccino has an even distribution of espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk. A latte has more steamed milk and a light layer of foam. A cappuccino is distinctly layered, while in a latte the espresso and steamed milk are mixed together.

When you dilute espresso with hot water you get? ›

An Americano is an espresso-based coffee drink made by adding hot water to a shot of espresso. Typically the drink is prepared at a ratio of 2:1 hot water to espresso.

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