Breville Espresso Machine is known all over the internet as “the best espresso machine”. And, if you read my Breville espresso machines reviews you already know how well-featured those espresso machines are.
But if you are new to espresso machines, you are going to have a little hard time as they are not self-explanatory. However, you don’t need to worry. Because in this quick article, I’m going to show you how to make your first espresso. So, keep reading it unless you want to be frustrated with your new machine.
Step 1: First you have to read the manual thoroughly. In that, you will be instructed how to properly set up the machine. Also, you need to wash all the parts, install the water filter and flush the machine. If you did everything in the correct order, let’s move on the next step:
Step 2: Before you even turn on the machine, have a water level check. Unlike some espresso machines – Breville does not warn you about low water-level. So, if you don’t want to burn parts of the espresso machine, always do a quick water level check before starting the machine.
Step 3: When you start your espresso machine it generally takes 30 seconds to notify you with a beep sound that it heats up. However, it is better to let it warm up all the parts for 10-15 minutes.
When you turn your heater on, all the parts are cold. So, if you don’t want the coldness to affect the taste of your espresso, warming up all the parts is necessary.
Step 4: After the machine is heated up, the next step is to add coffee beans in the “hopper”. You don’t need to care about the amount. Just add an amount which looks enough to you.
And, as for coffee beans, best coffee beans are high-quality whole coffee beans which are roasted within a week. But if you don’t find that recent, it will be fine if beans are roasted within 30 days.
Step 5: To make a perfect cup of espresso you need to correct about these three components. They are – Grind size, Grind amount and Tamping pressure.
For grind size, Breville recommends the number to be – 5, and I also recommend it to set this number 5 every time.
Grind amount needs to be adjusted the first few times. You may also change when you buy new beans. But it will be easy with time.
Step 6: Weighting the portafilter is important. The portafilter is the thing attached to the ground head, where all your coffee is going to go. Make sure it is completely dry before you put coffee in it. For a single shot, you need 8-10 grams of ground coffee and 15-18 grams for a double shot.
Step 7: After weighing the portafilter, place it on the grind outlet. Then select what size of grind you want by pressing the single or double button. This will grind those grind beans.
Then, weigh the portafilter to check if it is between 8-10 grams for single and 15-18 grams for double. If not in this range, add or subtract according to necessity and grind it again until the weight is in the correct range.
Step 8: In this step, you have to tamp the coffee. Before you start, use your hand to bring all the loose coffee in the centre of the portafilter.
Tamp pressure is very important, and you have to go through some trials and errors in this process. You have to use more pressure than just pushing it down, but the presser can’t be too much either. So, use the pressure so that all the ground coffees are levelled and even.
Step 9: Before you place the portafilter into the machine, press for 1-cup of hot water into your coffee mug. This will balance the temperature of your coffee mug and the espresso machine. Just as I mentioned before, the too many cold parts of your espresso machine will affect the taste of your espresso.
Step 10: Now after all this, it is time to make your first cup of espresso. Enter the portafilter in the ground head of your machine from the inserter and lock it. Then choose what you want – single-shot or double-shot and press it. And, keep an eye on the pressure scale.
If the needle gets into the grey pressure area, CONGRATULATION!!! You have your first perfect cup of coffee.
However, if the needle passes the grey area, try decreasing your tamping pressure next time and if the needle can’t reach the grey area, try increasing your tamping pressure next time.
This is all you need to do to make a cup of perfect espresso. It highly depends on the coffee beans you chose, grinding amount and tamping pressure.
But, do you know what, they will become easy for you with the times you continue making espresso. So, that’s all for today. Enjoy your coffee.