Can You Make Espresso Using a Keurig [Keurig Rivo Might Be an Answer]

Espresso and Keurig

Can You Make Espresso Using a KeurigWhat is a Keurig and how do you operate one? Everybody knows what a Keurig is. You must have at least heard of it, unless you lived in a cage for the last 10 years. It’s the coffee maker that probably revolutionized the home coffee brewing in the last decade. It makes a perfect drip coffee, with minimum of effort and with consistent results. It’s so easy to use… The only skill it really required is to know how to operate a button (just push it). What can we ask more from a coffee maker?

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How to Make Real Espresso at Home [Using a Pump Espresso Maker]

Pulling Espresso Shot in Bodum Pavina Cup 3

Espresso Shot in cupOkay so I’m going to be very honest with you. When I first learned how to make coffee, I was pretty confident that I’d nail it. But then I got behind the machine and actually started making an espresso. Did I nail it? Well, let’s just say, I didn’t pull the famous “god shot” that baristas obsess about. That shot was less than average.

Preparing an espresso is a simple process, once you get the hang of the variables and use the right equipment. Once you understand how to play with tamping, grinding, dose and extraction time, you will be able to customize the taste of your shots to your liking.

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How to Make Espresso with an Espresso Machine – Infographic

SemiAutomatic Machine Espresso Machine Brewing Guide Infographic

Brewing espresso with a semiautomatic machine is a skill that starts to disappear. The convenience of super automatic machines shifts the buying preferences of the modern coffee lover. There is also the beverage preference that plays a role, but is not the subject of our brief guide. This infographic is the shortest guide possible, to get you started. We have the written version after the graphic, and is a bit more detailed. However, if you want to perfect your technique, and pull cafe quality shots, check our detailed espresso brewing guide.

SemiAutomatic Machine Espresso Machine Brewing Guide Infographic

  1. Use Good Water
    Fill up your water reservoir. The best is spring water, but distilled water works too. Distilled water is good because is odourless and tasteless, and it prevents scaling. But spring water gives your shot the extra taste dimension that it needs.
  2. Turn On the Machine
    Ensure the boiler is hot. The light on your machine will indicate when the machine is ready.
  3. Dose your coffee.
    If your grinder doesn’t have a doser, weighing on a scale is the best option. Use 14-18 grams of coffee beans for a double espresso. Use 7-9 grams for a solo. You can still use volumetric dosing, by measuring the scoops. What I do, is measure by scoops, and then weigh the beans. When I change the beans I repeat this operation.
  4. Grind Coffee
    Grind your coffee finely. The grind size is smaller than for drip coffee, but not quite powder. Table salt is good comparison size.
  5. Fill the Portafilter
    Dump your coffee grounds in the portafilter, aiming to distribute them evenly in the filter basket. Lightly tap the portafilter to achieve perfect distribution. You can tap with your knuckles on the sides of the portafilter, or knock it on the tamping mat. This is an adapted technique. If you have a grinder with a doser, step 5 and 6 are a single step.
  6. Tamp it.
    Give it a good tamp, aim for about 30 pounds of pressure. That pressure can vary, depending on your coffee variety and roast, and the grind size. But as a beginner, you need to change just one variable at a time. So be consistent with your tamping force at 30 pounds.
  7. Start Brewing
    Lock in your portafilter into the brew head of your machine and press the brew button.
  8. Pull the shot
    Aim for a 25 seconds extraction time. Depending on how fine is coffee ground, this can vary up and down by 5 seconds. The extraction time is the same, whether it is a solo, or a doppio.

Happy brewing!

This infographic is a simpler, graphical version of our guide on how to use a semi-automatic espresso machine. We love this infographic because is a fast way to start. We do recommend you though, to bookmark our espresso tutorial here, as a comprehensive list of articles on the topic, including espresso pulling, milk frothing, espresso alternatives, and brewing equipment.

 

5 Great Cappuccino Cups – How to Buy a Cappuccino Cups Set

Arte Italica Tuscan Cappuccino Cup and Saucer with SpoonMy wife asked me a couple of days ago to find her the best cappuccino cups set on the market. Kind of a tall order, but hey, I didn’t want to disappoint her. The cappuccino set was going to be a gift for a close friend of her. I knew what I needed to find, so it looked like it was going to be a quick job. Material, size, form, I knew all of that, it just had to match my wife’s taste. You’ll see how a seemingly easy task turned up to be a very difficult one.I’ll tell you the story, and you’ll find  out how I picked my cappuccino set, and in the process you’ll learn what to look for when you are shopping for cappuccino cups.

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DeLonghi Magnifica Espresso Machine – ESAM3300 vs ECAM22110SB

DeLonghi has a great line of automatic espresso machines, probably more than any other manufacturer. Their machines are great, reliable, and you can pick from a diverse range, on all budgets. The Magnifica line has a few great machines, with the low end range priced somewhere between 500$ and 700$. The ECAM22110sb and ESAM3300 are many times compared because they are very close price wise, and they belong in that low end range. The purpose of this post is to show you the differences between the two and help you choose yours.

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5 Best Espresso Cups – 5 Demitasse Cups

Choosing the best espresso cup is not as easy as one might think. Yes, we know, you can probably drink your shot from any small cup. Espresso though, is more than downing a strong coffee to get you started in the morning. It’s a ritual, and it is as much about the experience as it is about the taste and the jolt of energy you get. I personally think my shot tastes better when I drink it from a nice cup. Even if it’s a disposable cup, it has to be pretty and functional.

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Espresso vs Nespresso vs illy iperEspresso – Capsule Espresso Machines vs Semiautomatics

Espresso vs Nespresso

You are on the quest to getting the best shot of espresso, and naturally, you need to compare Espresso vs Nespresso. Even the most fervent Nespresso enemies have tasted it, just to have an idea. Whether they like it or not, Nespresso is here to stay, and it will serve millions of happy customers. The question is “Is it good enough for you?” Let’s try to answer this question together.
I know you want to buy an espresso machine right now, whether it is a regular semiautomatic, or a capsule based one.

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Five Amazing Espresso Coffees – These might Be the Best Beans for Espresso

Espresso shot

Espresso shotWhat if I told you I found the best beans for espresso? Would you believe me? Don’t believe me and don’t believe anybody for that matter. Not that I can’t recommend you some fantastic espresso blends. But when you have a few great choices, you can’t choose one blend over the other. All are great in their way, and you will probably like them all. Coffee taste, like wine, is subjective. It depends on the person who drinks it and their mood at that time.

Regardless of the subjective side of espresso tasting, there are a few objective things to consider when evaluating some espresso beans.

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What The Heck Is A Bone Dry Cappuccino?

bone dry cappuccino

bone dry cappuccino

There are serious coffee drinkers everywhere that don’t mind standing in line to get their favorite brew. Some will even tell you to not attempt to talk to them until they have had their morning cup of Joe. Then there are those few customers that always want their coffee drink a little different, crazy almost.

Today we have a look at one of those uncommon orders: the Bone Dry Cappuccino!

So, What is a Cappuccino?

For all the non-coffee drinkers, you may not understand the hype and probably have no idea that there are many types of coffee drinks.… Read more

The Combination Coffee Espresso Machine – A Guide and Reviews

Combination Coffee Espresso Machine
The new hype in the home coffee brewing is the combination coffee espresso machine. If you’ve ever been mesmerized by the motions of your barista behind the counter while you waited on your latte, you’re not alone. There is a certain meditative quality to espresso drinks: brew the espresso, steam the milk, pour the espresso, pour the milk, wipe off the steam wand, flush the wand, repeat. Baristas are passionate for a reason. Coffee is a lifestyle.Combination Coffee Espresso Machine Now, you don’t have to fill out an application to your local coffee shop to experience the bliss of being a barista.… Read more

Gaggia Accademia Review

Gaggia Accademia

Gaggia Accademia Review The Gaggia Accademia espresso machine or the Gaggia 1003380 Accademia is right up there, in the first row of super automatic coffee machines. Designed for brewing approximately 60 cups a day, the Gaggia Accademia has rapidly become a much loved office espresso machine. The unit is also one of the most searched commercial super automatic espresso machine for bars and coffee places. Due to its intuitive operating system, many coffee drinkers choose the Gaggia Accademia for use at home. The machine is extremely easy to operate, anyone can learn in just a few minutes how to use it, and it gives you the exact coffee that you want.

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How to Choose an Office Espresso Machine

Gaggia Accademia Selection Menu

Why an Office Needs a Professional Espresso Machine

Gaggia Accademia Selection Menu A commercial espresso machine is the best choice for an espresso lovers’ office environment. It is common practise in many businesses to buy an espresso machine for the employees. It’s one of the percs to make employees happy. Once the decision to buy an espresso machine is taken, the hard part just begins: choosing the right equipment. Invariably, the price is always a factor when taking the decision, and sometimes the cheap equipment has an unfair advantage, and I’ll explain why. It might seem like a big expense to pay double or more than the cost of a residential espresso maker, however, it is worth the price.

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Espresso Knock Box – The Best and the Cheapest

Red Espresso Knock Box

Espresso Knock BoxThe espresso knock box is one of those devices that you never miss if you haven’t used it before, but once you get used to it you can’t live without. OK it’s a trivial plastic box, you might say, what’s the fuss about it. Yeah, you are right, a cheap plastic bin to dump your espresso puck, and that’s all. But I need mine to look neat on the counter, not an ugly object that I need to hide after use. And if you analyze closer, there are a lot of thing to consider when you buy the simple bash bin.

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Best Cheap Espresso Machines

Pulling Espresso with Cliff Hanger Beans

Gaggia - One of the Best Cheap Espresso MachinesFor a coffee lover on a budget, buying an espresso machine might prove challenging. How do you choose the best cheap espresso machine? What are the criteria that separates a good espresso brewer from a bad one? This is what this post proposes, to familiarize you with the technology, and give you a few hints on how to choose the best espresso machine for your budget.

For years owning an espresso machine was synonym with spending a lot of money, and the espresso and latte preparation was reserved to professional baristas, or wealthy people.

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Cappuccino vs Latte vs Mocha, What Are the Differences?

Latte with latte art

Latte with latte artThere are a lot of different espresso-based drinks, sometimes this much variety can be confusing. I have a friend who admitted that she didn’t like to go a coffee shop. She couldn’t choose between macchiato, latte, cappuccino, mocha, and many others because she didn’t know what they were. She was embarrassed to ask the barista what the differences were, so she started to buy a different coffee drink every day.

What makes these coffee beverages different from each other? What are the distinctive characteristics between them?

Espresso Based Drinks

All the coffee based drinks in coffee shops are a mix of two base ingredients, espresso and milk.

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