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Professional coffee machines are mainly used in different types of restaurants to make coffee drinks. These machines are incredibly convenient especially in coffee shops where many people are waiting in line as they hasten the brewing process. Professional coffee machines have a steam functionality that steams milk used in lattes and cappuccinos. Using this machine is quite simple when you get used to it. However, as a newbie, you might get confused as there are many steps to remember. Some of the essential steps are as simple as grinding the beans correctly or knowing the right coffee to water ratio. This article will provide you with fundamental knowledge of how to use a professional coffee machine.
- Fill the reservoir with water
Remove the reservoir and fill it with water from the tap. You can also choose to use a different container to fetch water from the tap and fill the reservoir. Once the reservoir is full, replace its lid. There are a few things you should note. Water in the reservoir should not go past the line. In some cases, the professional coffee machine is usually connected directly to the tap. This means that you do not have to fill the reservoir manually.
- Turn on the machine
You will probably find the power button machine’s backsplash. Once you turn on the machine, let it warm up for at least fifteen minutes. This will allow the water to heat and build pressure to generate enough force to pass through the grounds. For larger espresso machines they may take up to forty-five minutes to warm up. For exact details, read the manufacturer’s instruction.
- Set the portable filter
This is the cup that holds the coffee grounds. To prepare the portable filter, its basket and then into the basin. Insert the portable filter upward into the bottom, rotate it clockwise to lock it into position. Filter baskets and portable filters are of varying sizes depending on whether you are preparing a single, double or triple espresso shot.
- Make your espresso shot
Measure and grind the beans depending on the type of espresso shot you are making. Finely ground beans make the best espresso shot. Grind the beans in the grinder to attain even size grains and transfer them to the portable filter. Use your fingers to level off the top of the portable filter and lock the portable filter into the group head.
Place a cup underneath the sprout and turn on the water. Water will pass via the portable filter, and the espresso will pour into the cup. This process should take up to thirty seconds before completion. You can then transfer your espresso into your coffee mug for serving. At this point, you can proceed to make a cappuccino or latte, if interested.
- Steaming the milk
To prevent the milk from getting any contaminants, always clean the steam wand before use. Be cautious when around steam and stand back when turning on the valve. Wait for about six seconds and turn off the valve after the steam is gone.
- Measure the milk and pour it in
The amount of milk you use depends on the size of your drink. The size of your coffee should act as a guide on the amount of milk you should use. Pour the milk into a clean metallic container after you have measured it. During steaming, milk will rise to the top which is why it is advisable to measure slightly less milk than you need. Always remember to use cold milk when steaming.
- Submerge the wand
Ensure that the tip of the steam wand is fully submerged into the milk. However, the tip should be within the center level of the milk. Position the metallic container at a forty-five-degree angle and turn on the steam to froth the milk. Froth the milk up to around one hundred and forty degrees Fahrenheit and turn off the steam.
To prevent milk from drying up on the wand, turn on the steamer again, once you have removed the cup. Let the steam run for several seconds and dry it off with a wet towel.
- Pour the milk into your espresso drink
Once the milk is frothy and hot, pour it into your already prepared espresso. You may add sugar, whipped cream or cinnamon to add flavor to your drink.