More than 80 years ago, the first espresso machine was launched in Italy. Since then, this way of making espresso has become common and can now be found all over the world. The original model of the "Bialetti" espresso machine "Bialetti Moka Express" is still produced in almost unchanged form, a model of many models of the classic octagon. Not only do today's espresso machines come in different sizes to make one to twelve cups, but they also come in different designs and colors. Traditionally made of aluminum, the variants are also made of stainless steel and are therefore suitable for modern induction cooktops.
The espresso maker and its easy handling
What's special about brewing coffee with an espresso machine is the simplicity of its preparation. All you need is a stove, some water, and of course, freshly ground espresso beans. They are placed in the intended insert on the lower part of the device and pressed lightly. Then fill the whole thing with water and put it on the stove - if it's induction, you should use an espresso machine that's "fit for induction". The pressure created by the heat in the espresso machine pushes the water to the top, forcing it through the coffee grounds, extracting and absorbing the flavors and aromas of the roast.
Cleaning the espresso machine is also easy as there is no need to pay attention to sensitive electronic parts. However, cleaning agents should be avoided. So it's best to just rinse the pot with lukewarm water and screw the espresso machine back together when the parts are completely dry. If you notice the rubber seals become porous and lose their elasticity, they can be easily replaced.
Proper cleaning of the espresso maker
With regular and good care, an espresso machine will be a reliable companion for years to come. The espresso machine can be cleaned without any problems since there is no need to pay attention to sensitive electronic parts. However, washing-up liquids should be avoided as the residual detergent can affect the taste of the coffee. When cleaning, proceed as follows: Unscrew the espresso machine and thoroughly rinse the funnel insert and the bottom and top of the pot with warm water. You can then dry each section from the outside with a towel. When all components are sufficiently dry, you can reassemble the coffee maker. If you use your espresso machine regularly, we recommend cleaning it at least once a month. Here, you proceed as described above. Also, carefully pry out the seal and rinse with water. If you notice the rubber seals become porous and lose their elasticity, they can be easily replaced.
No espresso with the espresso maker?
Unfortunately, a classic espresso won't make it on an espresso machine. Strictly speaking, the result of an espresso machine is not a real espresso. This requires a pressure of 9 bar during the brewing process, which only fully automatic coffee machines and mobile filters can produce. In contrast, an espresso machine only produces 1.5 bar, which in no way affects the enjoyment of a hot drink. The mocha in the coffee filter has the same strong aroma as real espresso.
Which beans are suitable for the espresso maker?
Choosing the right coffee beans is of course essential for an aromatic espresso. Robusta beans are especially recommended for preparation as they are responsible for creating the fine crema on your espresso. We recommend that you freshly grind your coffee beans with a coffee grinder before each preparation, as this is the only way to develop the full aroma. At Cafendo you'll find a huge selection of coffee available for espresso machines. The noble creation of a premium roaster guarantees refined coffee enjoyment, ideal for preparation in an espresso machine.