Espresso Machine Ultimate Brewing Guide

By Evelina •  Updated: 07/11/21 •  7 min read

Espresso is a drink that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Some people may enjoy it with milk and sugar, while others prefer to have it black.

No matter what your preference is, there are some things you should know about the espresso machine before you start brewing.

This blog post will provide information on how to make coffee with an espresso machine so that you can get started right away!

The Espresso Machine

There are many reasons behind the invention of the first espresso machine in 1884. Angelo Moriondo, an Italian engineer, wanted to create a new way to make coffee.

He thought that if he could create a machine that could steam and press coffee at the same time, he would be able to drink it without going through so much mess.

Furthermore, steamers were very popular in 1884 and with the invention of this machine, people gradually switched over from using them to using espresso machines instead.

Today we have many different types of espresso machines available and they serve different purposes – some are made for home use while others are commercial-grade machines that restaurants or cafes can use.

The espresso machine is a coffee-making device that is used to create espresso. It consists of a portafilter, a steam wand, a hot water spigot, and several other parts.

The espresso machine may look complicated at first, but it is actually quite simple to use! All you need to do is learn a few simple steps and you are ready to create espresso!

Let’s see the steps you need to follow to brew a great cup of coffee with an espresso machine…

Step 1

Remove the portafilter from the espresso machine. You can do this by twisting it and pulling it out.

Step 2

Grind your coffee beans in a grinder until they are finely ground. You should avoid grinding them too finely, as this will cause your espresso to taste bitter.

Step 3

Pre-heat your espresso machine by turning on the switch and allowing the espresso machine to heat. This step will take a few minutes because espresso machines heat up slowly.

Step 4

While the espresso machine is heating, add your grounded coffee to the portafilter and tamp it. Tamping ensures that the espresso will be extracted evenly, so make sure you tamp it tightly.

Step 5

Add the portafilter in the group head and start the espresso machine. Allow enough time for the espresso to be extracted from the ground coffee.

TIP: You should always be careful of your grind size, espresso machine temperature, and espresso extraction time.

Step 6

Serve your espresso!

Espresso Machine Brewing Tips


How long should a single shot of espresso take?

A single shot of espresso should take around 20-30 seconds to brew.

What is the best grind size for espresso?

Fine grind size is what most espresso machines require. The espresso grounds should be around the consistency of sugar before grinding.

How long do espresso machine parts last?

Espresso machine parts typically last for several years, as long as they are maintained properly.

Does a finer grind make stronger coffee?

No, a finer grind size won’t make your coffee stronger instead it will brew your espresso faster. Espresso coffee is usually ready within 30 seconds from the beginning of the brewing process.

If the grind was anything but fine that would mean the water would pass through the coffee bed much faster and would not evenly extract the flavors and aromas of the coffee. This would result in a weak and unbalanced up.

How hard do you tamp espresso?

Espresso is primarily made by tamping into the grounds with a tamper. The goal is to create an even bed for the coffee to rest on and extract properly. In order to make sure the beans are evenly distributed in the filter and ground, tamp them down with medium pressure after you have added them.

Last Thoughts

Now that you know how to brew coffee in an espresso machine, what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite mug and get brewing! You can also use this tutorial as a bookmark on your phone or computer so it’s easy to find when the craving strikes.

We hope this article has helped clear up any confusion about brewing coffee in an espresso machine!

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Evelina’s passion for coffee could never been hidden. Having worked as a barista, she learned the true value of the coffee bean and its secrets. As she continued to evolve as a barista, so did her knowledge, techniques on making different coffee blends and most importantly how to operate every kind of gear when it comes to coffee. Having a degree in biomedicine and being a barista, allows her to provide our community with in-depth knowledge surrounding the topics of coffee.