Home Espresso Machine

What to Expect With a Home Espresso Machine?

There may come a time in your life when you would like to own a home espresso machine. You are tired of having to go to Starbucks every time you get a craving for some, so you would rather just make it in the comforts of your own home at any hour of the day. That is indeed a possibility, as many espresso machine companies have produced home espresso machines for people that just cannot get enough of it.

Of course, it is not easy choosing what kind of machine to get as there are different brands that offer different product qualities and prices. You have to consider how much you are willing to pay to get the best espresso possible and that involves thinking about usage and the desire to clean the product. There are four main types of home espresso machines and each listed below has positive and negative attributes that will be discussed.

Pump Espresso Machines

A home espresso machine that is pump-powered can create some of the best espresso around. A pump is used to create the right amount of water pressure to create the best possible espresso. That comes at a bit of a cost though; a pump espresso machine can be very loud and bulky and these types of machines can be very expensive. Nonetheless, if you are not looking for an espresso machine that fits exactly with the theme of the kitchen and you are willing to spend a little extra to get a higher quality, then looking at a pump espresso machine may not be a bad idea.

Piston/Lever Espresso Machines

These espresso machines create pressure by using a manual lever and piston. This may seem like a hassle to some, as there are other types of espresso machines that allow the consumer to merely touch a button to create an espresso. This can seem time-consuming to some, but then again, other people like to feel that they know exactly what they are doing and can create a great espresso product. The quality of a piston/lever home espresso machine can vary obviously, and the maintenance and support for one of these products is less than a different model.  (more…)

Milk Frothing

Milk Frothing: How To Froth Milk At Home

Now that you’ve bought your own espresso maker, it’s time you learn on how to make Barista-level cappuccinos and lattes like they do at your local coffee shop. Nowadays, making the perfect cup is more of an art. So exactly how to those coffee experts achieve such levels of perfection? Well, one of the most important steps when making a rich and creamy cappuccino is knowing how to froth the milk. When done correctly, frothed milk contains microfoam which is rich, creamy and soft. Below I’ve outlined the procedure to have you on your way to making frothy drinks that will leave your friends puzzled and speechless.

What You Need to Know?

Before we begin, a couple of basics to help you on your journey
• Non-fat or skimmed milk will easily produce the largest foam and thus is the easiest to froth. Despite this, due to lack of fat, the froth produced it light and not as rich in taste as that made from whole milk. It is highly recommended for beginners.
• Organic milk, lactose free milk and soy milk do not froth as well as other milk types. This is because of the difference in the pasteurization process.
• Fresh cold milk is key to a good froth. Make sure you use milk that’s not over 5 days old.
• The optimum temperature for frothing is about 150-155°F. Milk proteins are broken down at about 170°F.

Requirements

Like any other form of art, we require a set of tools. Luckily, if you are reading this, then you most certainly have most of them. (more…)