Espresso Machine

I came home last week and found Bill hanging out in the kitchen. I went over to say hi and noticed our Nespresso machine was gone and replaced with a Breville espresso machine. Bill ordered it from Amazon about a month ago and it had finally arrived.

We’re still in the experimental phase with this machine, so we drove to the nearby Starbucks and got a bag of Veranda Blond Roast and also a bag of decaf Pike Place Market Medium Roast coffee beans.

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The Breville Dual Boiler and the Breville Smart Grinder. Also the Breville Kettle right beside, but it’s irrelevant to this post.

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Here’s another shot of the machines a a different angle.

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There are a lot of different settings for this grinder. We’re still trying out the different course-ness. Apparently the coffee grinds should feel like icing sugar when you rub it between your fingers. If it feels like flour, then you’ve gone too far.

That has got to be one of the least helpful pointers I’ve heard in a while.

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Here’s Bill tamping the coffee grinds. Apparently there’s an art to this as well, but I won’t go into detail as I am no coffee expert.

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Once the water has hit 200 degrees F, we changed it to the timer. A good espresso should take about 30 seconds to finish brewing and something about 9 bar (pressure).

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One shot per cup.

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Here is the milk frother. Frothy.

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Some Latte art. The design on the left is called Cloud and the design on the right is called A Lot of Clouds.

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I personally like it topped with lite whipped cream from a can. I know it’s not the proper way of drinking espresso, and anyone who’s offended by this should just chill out – it’s only coffee.