Types of Espresso Machine

Are you thinking about opening your coffee shop? Maybe you need to sit down and learn more about the different kinds of machines that you will be needing. One of the most important machines that you need to have as a coffee shop owner is the espresso machine. There are different types of espresso machines in the market that you need to be aware of. Each machine has a different function and has a different way of operating it.Here is a list of the different espresso machines for you to choose from.

Lever/Piston Driven Espresso Machine

A Piston Driven Espresso Machine is an espresso machine that uses a piston to pull to make a coffee. This kind of machine is also known as a lever machine because it uses the pressure from the piston to have the pressurized water in the machine run through the coffee beans to produce a shot of espresso. In the coffee world the term “pulling a shot” really means pulling the lever to produce the coffee. This is why there are espresso machines have adjustable pressure bars so that you will be able to play with how much pressure you want to pull for you to make your espresso.

Steam Driven Espresso Machine

Steam Driven Espresso Machine is one of the first kinds of espresso machines that is ever made. It makes use of the pressure of the hot water to make the espresso. This kind of espresso maker has two different heads so that you can create two different kinds of coffee at the same time. For you to make coffee or espresso with this machine, you rely mostly on the steam that it will produce. No need to exert any effort because once the steam reaches its highest point the warm pressure pushes the water through the coffee to make a good quality espresso or espresso-based beverage.

Pump Driven Espresso Machine

The Pump Driven Espresso Machine is one of the first machines that use the power from an electric motor to make an espresso or coffee. The machine has its mechanism in making the pressure and to have a constant flow of the pressurized water run through the coffee grounds. It is a basic machine that is perfect for those who are just discovering the beauty of homebrewed coffee and espresso.

Air Pump Driven Espresso Machine

From the name itself, Air Pump Driven Espresso Machine Requires pressurized air to pour the pressurized hot water to the coffee beans. Some machines use an electric compressor to help push the air or a hand pump where compressed air will be produced. Also, some machines use nitrogen or carbon dioxide to create air pressure faster. The thing about this type of espresso machine is that most of them are small and can be carried wherever you go. It is an ideal traveling espresso machine where you can make a shot of espresso or create your favorite cup of coffee whenever you are traveling.

Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

A Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine can be operated by hand or by the machine alone. It depends on how you program it. Most of the espresso machines with this kind of setup will allow you to control your coffee extraction. Whether you do it manually or press a button on the machine to do the process in making your espresso without any human effort. There are a few important parts that you need to take care of this kind of machine: Portafilter, boiler, buttons and the piston for the extraction.

Fully Automatic Espresso Machine

If you are the kind of person who is always in a hurry and you don’t have enough time to make coffee in the mornings, the Fully Automatic Espresso Machine is the perfect one for you. The only effort that you will be doing with this machine is to refill the coffee grounds container, water reservoir, and the milk reservoir. And with a simple press of a button of the kind of coffee that you want to have, you will be able to get what you want instantly.

Super Automatic Espresso Machine

A Super Automatic Espresso Machine a semi-advanced version of the Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines. The difference between the two is the control panels. The Super Automatic has an LED Display that allows you to view what the machine is currently processing. And with this machine it allows you to customize what kind of espresso or espresso-based drink that you will be making.

Ultra-Automatic Espresso Machine

Always on the run? The Ultra-Automatic Espresso Machine will take care of making the coffee for you. With this machine, you will no longer have to do anything except for refilling the coffee grounds and the milk into the reservoir. There are even some machines that use Pods or Coffee Capsules so that you will no longer have to refill anything. Once you have done your part, just press any button that has a label of the kind of coffee that you want to have and the machine will do everything for you.

Stove Top Espresso Machine

The stove Top Espresso Machine is not the same as most of the mentioned espresso machines above. Because this machine requires a lot of human effort. But this is a perfect machine in making Moka Pot. You need to place the Coffee beans in a coffee bean container and place the water in the water reservoir and let it sit on top of the stove. Once it is finished brewing, you can now serve the coffee.

Pod Espresso Machine

Instead of coffee beans or coffee grounds, Pod Espresso Machine requires you to have ESE (Easy Serving Espresso) Pods. There are different kinds of these pods in the market. And not all pods are compatible with the Pod Espresso Machines. But they still create a great tasting coffee once you’ve found the right pods for your machine. All you have to do is to place water in the reservoir and set the machine to the temperature you prefer and extract your espresso.

These are all of the different types of espresso machines you can choose from. For you to decide which machine you are going to buy, asses your daily routine first so that you will know which machine is perfect for you. All of them can produce the perfect cup of coffee or a shot of espresso that you love. It’s the process of making it is the thing you need to think about.


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