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How to Make an Espresso Coffee


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Espresso Coffee Pods Makes it Easy

Especially in the morning don’t you just want that espresso machine to hurry up and give you cup of coffee? There are a number of automatic espresso coffee machines on the market, but somehow the automatic feature simply doesn’t make them any quicker.

In fact, waiting for your espresso probably will even make you late for work. Not the way you want to start the work day. However, there is a way to speed up the process and that is by using espresso coffee pods.

If you haven’t tried using a pod to make coffee then you are probably in for a pleasant surprise. An espresso coffee pod is something for all espresso lovers that want their cup of espresso on-demand!

How the Espresso Coffee Pod Works

espresso coffee capsules

Espresso coffee drinkers may be a bit skeptical at the thought of using a pod to make their coffee. The whole idea of an expresso is that it is made with care and an espresso machine.

On the other hand, using espresso coffee pods can be a great tool for people who are always in a hurry because all the flavor and benefits of the espresso stay the same.

What the espresso coffee pod is, though, is just like making a regular expresso except that it gets made automatically. You don’t have to grind the beans, tamp them and then make sure the steam and everything else is right. You just have to add the pod, make sure there is enough water and press a button.

Of course, these coffee pods are designed to work with different types of espresso machines. You just need to get the right ones for your machine. You can purchase them online or in grocery stores. Essentially they all have the same great taste that an espresso is known for.

The only difference is that the espresso is made much quicker than a regular cup of espresso at home and you don’t have to go to a coffee shop to get one.

If you have never tried an espresso machine that uses coffee pods, you are in for a surprise. A delightful surprise at that. Your morning espresso will taste great but more importantly it will be made faster and cheaper than going to the local coffee shop.

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Is Coffee Good for You?

There are so many different articles and studies about whether or not coffee is good for you.  With all the research it is hard to know which one to believe. Certainly having too much caffeine is not good for you but having one or two cups of day probably isn’t going to harm your health.

Some studies show that caffeine can have different effects on different people. Coffee does have higher caffeine than tea and of course there is always decaffeinated coffee.

There is some evidence that rheumatoid arthritis and heart attacks have been linked to drinking coffee.  As well it can increase blood pressure in some people and it can change the level of stress hormones in our bodies.

If you are experiencing heart palpitations, jitters  or feeling weak then you might want to take a look at the amount of coffee you are consuming.

Certainly if you are pregnant drinking coffee might be something to cut out while you are carrying your child. Studies have shown that malformation and low birth weight can occur with women who are coffee drinkers.

Women need to be careful with the amount of coffee they drink because it can reduce the ability to absorb calcium as well as other important minerals. If you are breast feeding your baby you might want to forgo that cup of coffee because you can actually pass on the caffeine to the child.

As a side note on the health effect of the of drinking regular coffee, it has been found that by drinking filtered coffee, none of these effects that can effect cholesterol take place. As well drinking instant coffee seems to be a healthier choice as well.

If you are going to drink coffee you might want to switch to one that uses green coffee beans. It seems this bean offers a lot of antioxidants just like green tea and grape seed extract.

Green coffee beans don’t have the same negative effects as regular coffee. In fact it can boost metabolism by changing how glucose is distributed in the body. It can also boost energy levels but it doesn’t increase cholesterol.

By the way when it comes to caffeine and the possibility of liver disease, studies indicate that coffee may in fact support liver health in some people. They found that people who drank more than two cups of coffee a day and were at risk of developing liver disease as a result of drinking too much alcohol, had less liver damage.

Just remember that although there can be some serious side effects from drinking too much coffee, a small amount might not be a problem.  Only you and your doctor can say for sure.


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How to Buy A Great Espresso Coffee Maker

Most people who love to have different ways to drink coffee will sooner or later purchase an espresso maker. With a good one, you can make all your favorite drinks such as a Latte, Americano or Cappuccino  in your own kitchen. You will be able to experiment and try out a new recipe or two. Since buying an espresso machine is going to be an investment, it is important that you do a little research first before you spend any money. The best way to do this is research is to find what features are available and then read reviews so you  can find the best machine for your needs and tastes.

Waitress making cup of coffee

Types of Espresso Makers:

Manual Espresso Makers: are going to require some work on your part in order to make the coffee. You will be measuring and grinding the beans, tamping them and then brewing the coffee. However, these types of espresso machines are the least expensive. A lot of coffee connoisseurs want to use only the manual machine.

Semi Automatic Machines: will do some of the work for you such as adjust the water pressure and temperature. You just have to grind and tamp the beans while the espresso machine does the rest of the work. They are of course a little more expensive than the manual machines, however, more affordable than a fully automatic one. If you like Cappuccino, then this type of machine is the one for you.

Automatic Machines: will make light work of making an espresso or any other type of espresso coffee. All you do is add the water and the beans, press a button or two, and your favorite coffee drink is made for you in a jiffy.

Super Automatic Machines: now if you want the entire process done for you, everything from grinding and tamping to the finished drink, then this is the right espresso machine for you to buy. These are the types of espresso machines that can be found in restaurants and coffee shops. They are going to be the most expensive of all of the machines.

Machines with Portioned Coffee Capsules: are great if you don’t want to mess around with beans, tampers and grinders.  Turn the machine on, add water, add a capsule, push a button and in a couple of minutes you have an excellent cup of espresso.  Some of the these machines come with a milk frother so it is very easy to make a Latte or Cappuccino.

Espresso Maker Features:

Different machines are of course going to have different features from machine to machine so when comparing two models, look at the features included with each to determine which will suit your needs and your budget better.

Bean Grinder:  is going to be included in the more expensive machines. It will be built in to the machine and the beans are ground for each individual cup. You will get great results since more flavor from the oils inside the beans will get into the coffee. As well you will have a fresh tasting drink of espresso.

Milk Frother: if you have to have a Latte or Cappuccino, then you will need a milk frother. Some come with a separate milk container while others will use a frothing wand.  The ones with the container are going to be more expensive.

Water Filter: this is a good feature if you don’t want to have chlorine or other chemicals in your water when you make an espresso. They are usually carbon filters and filtering your water will make a noticeable different in the taste of your coffee.

Cup Warmer: certainly and extra feature but not necessary for making a perfect drink.  However, if you like to have a hotter coffee, then this might be a feature to consider.

Hot Water Dispenser: an great feature if you like to make Americano or even want to  be able to make tea or hot chocolate with your machine.  These types of coffee maker are often found in restaurants and coffee shops.

Other Things to Consider:

  • Chose a steel or brass machines since some people can detect an aftertaste with aluminium espresso machines.
  • Check out the pump pressure on home espresso coffee makers since the more powerful pumps work with finer grounds. You will want to have at least 14 bars or more for pump pressure.
  • Look for a removable water tank since this will be much easier to add fresh water to the machine or for easy cleaning.

Whatever espresso coffee machine you chose, being able to make this delightful drink at home means you get to have a coffee anytime you want. Over time the machine will pay for itself making this purchase a good one for your budget.


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Espresso the Perfect Drink

If you are like me, and you love that first cup of coffee in the morning, you are going to fall in love with espresso coffee.  Not only can you drink it straight but you can also make all sorts of other drinks such as a Latte or Cappucino.

I’ll bet that there are more espresso drinkers today in the world than there are regular coffee drinkers. This is because espresso can be found in many parts of Europe as well as in North America. Just go into any coffee shop and you can order your favorite espresso.

On of the best reasons for drinking this delightful beverage is that it tastes awesome. It most definitely has more flavor than your standard cup of coffee. It is thicker and full body and more caffeine as well.

espresso1Most people like to sip the foam, or crema, which is the light colored coating that sits on top of the coffee. Drink it plain or sprinkle cinnamon or chocolate on top!

There are so many variations to this drink it is unbelievable so it appeals to a wide variety of folks. The list is endless but you can find Americano, Latte, Capuccino, Aledandrino and Breve at your local coffee shop. Try them all or pick one for your favorite.

Two different types that I didn’t realize even existed is the Affogato which is typically served over a type of gelato, like vanilla. As for Alexandrino it includes a layer of condensed milk and is often served with a fresh cinnamon stick to add more flavor to the drink!

Do you like your espresso straight up?  This is called an espresso shot. It can be very strong but it is only 1-ounce. Having a couple of these will definitely get your day started with a bang!

There are many reasons why people like espresso.  For me it is the flavor and the fact that I can add frothy milk.  I like mine more like a Latte with a little brown sugar and frothy milk on top.