Types of Espresso Makers and Espresso Machines
Deciding on what type of espresso machine to purchase requires understanding the different kinds available on the market. Models range from fully automatic machines to stovetop espresso makers. In all there are 8 different types of makers and possibly more that aren’t publicized.
Most people are going to choose the semi-automatic or automatic maker. The semi-automatic espresso machine uses a pump to force the water through the maker and create the espresso while the fully automatic maker to control the water flowing through the machine to make the espresso.
Fully automatic makers have many other automatic features such as automatic dosers, bean grinders, temperature controls, and even receptacles where the used coffee grinds are placed until the owner empties them.
The earliest espresso makers and ones that can still be found in homes in many European countries are the stovetop makers. These are three tiered pots thee one pot hold the coffee, one pot holds the water and one is a filter basket. Heat forces the water to through the bottom chamber and to the middle pot and up to the top where the espresso finally comes to rest.
Steam espresso makers are extensions of the stovetop maker and create an espresso that is very similar to what the stovetop maker creates. This espresso maker led to the piston-driven espresso maker which is responsible for the delectable crema that makes an espresso the drink it is known for in the coffee world. In the piston driven machine manual force is required to run the machine.
The motor-driven pump espresso machine was the technological advancement of the piston driven maker. This espresso make led the way to the modern espresso makers of today that are semi-automatic and automatic. There are espresso loyalists who believe that it takes manual force or a piston driven maker to create a quality espresso; however, the majority of machines in use today are some form of automatic.
The progression of the espresso machine has gone through many stages. From the rudimentary stovetop maker to the fully automatic espresso version that is found in homes and coffee shops around the world. No matter what type of espresso maker is used the end result is a rich, dark cup of espresso perfect for drinking or making a creamy latte.