If you enjoy a good espresso, you may be thinking it’s a great idea to purchase a home espresso machine rather than spending five dollars at a time to purchase one elsewhere. You should be warned, though, that it is very difficult to make a quality espresso at home. Odds are, you will waste a lot of coffee in the process of learning to make a good espresso at home. This means you will likely not save money by making your own, and will still frequent your local coffee shop. This post is brought to you by our sponsors who do Micro Needling in Atlanta GA!
Now that that’s out of the way, I will say that making your own espresso at home can be hobby that is fun and rewarding. It is necessary to have the right tools, though. That is why you should ensure you have the following key features in your home espresso machine.
Espresso machine technology has grown tremendously over the past several years. One of the best of elements for espresso machines is the proportional, integral, derivative controllers, or PID. This device precisely controls temperature using an algorithm. In the past, making the espresso was more difficult because of constant temperature swings. If your water was not hot enough, you had a sour tasting espresso. Any home espresso machine you are entering should have a PID included, even the entry-level ones.
58 MM PORTAFILTERS
Though you can make it espresso at home with a filter that is in 58 mm, we personally believe they are the best for home espresso machines. Part of the reason is because the best espresso tampers our 58 mm standard. Though you can find tampers and other sizes, it may decrease the quality. The majority of espresso baskets also are available in 58 mm. Without a good basket, you will be unable to get a good extraction.
To make a good espresso at home, you must have much practice, patience, and precision. When you visit a café, the barista has many hours put in perfecting their skills, so you should expect that you will need much practice to master making an espresso at home.