Espresso machine accessories can completely enhance your experience with your espresso maker. They can make your machine a lot more personal and add a lot of functionality and also enjoyment to use your machine, while you craft that perfect cup of espresso.
We have put together a list of what we think are important espresso machine accessories to consider buying if you are looking to customize your machine to fit your lifestyle and preferences. While an espresso machine is great and can provide you with wonderful coffee, when you begin adding accessories you can take it to the next level. From grinders to tampers to cups, the accessories that you choose to accompany your espresso maker will make your coffee experience an incredible journey. Expand your horizons and check out the espresso machine accessories listed here and see which of them may appeal to you.
Burr Grinder for Espresso
Top quality espresso is completely dependent on the quality of ground coffee. Not only is the freshness of vital, (which is one of the main reasons for recommending either a coffee machine with grinder, or buying a burr grinder for espresso) another important thing to consider is the type of grind of the coffee beans. There is a certain type of grind that lends the best possible quality of espresso. Because espresso is generally made under a higher pressure than other coffees the burr grinder for espresso makes a finer grind than you would ordinarily use in other coffee machines. The burr grinder for espresso works in the following way: It consists of two disks. One disk is stationary while the other rotates. The rotating disk grinds the coffee bean so that it is reduced to very fine particles.
Espresso Machine Tamper
An espresso machine tamper is a tool that is used to pack the finely ground, loose coffee into the portafilter of an espresso coffee maker. Most of the time, when you purchase an espresso machine, there is a plastic tamper that is included as an accessory. We suggest that you purchase a tamper that is the correct size for your espresso maker’s basket. Most baskets will suit a tamper that is either 58mm or 53mm. You will be able to find what size yours is in your espresso makers manual. This is one of the espresso machine accessories that can be very important. Your tamper will compress the espresso ground coffee, creating a tight surface for the water to move through.
An espresso machine tamper is one of the espresso machine accessories that can be very important. Your tamper will compress the espresso ground coffee, creating a tight surface for the water to move through. Without this accessory your espresso coffee will simply not taste as rich and bold as you are wanting it to be.
Even though its in the name, many people seem to ask: “what is a milk frother”? The simple answer is that a milk frother created froth in milk. It uses the steaming device that most espresso machines have built in to enhance the foam created. There are many varieties of milk frothers, also known as foam enhancers, pannerellos and cappucinatores, and they come in various sizes and shapes.
Some milk frothers are steam tube enhancements and use air that is drawn into the tube via tiny holes near the top, then mix the air with steam to create froth in the milk.
Other milk frothers draw the milk through a tube. There it is mixed with steam and air then emit’s the froth and steamed milk into a cup. A milk frother can definitely give you some very different ideas for espresso, or in fact any other kind of coffee.
Read an article on making coffee with steamed milk.
Espresso Knock Box
An espresso knock box is a box or bin that has a wooden or rubber bar that sits across a wide opening. It is used to dispense the used coffee grounds and filter, also known as the puck, after an espresso shot is brewed. By rapping or knocking the portafilter against the bar, the puck is knocked into the box. A knock box makes cleaning up after making coffee a much easier, cleaner chore.
While you do not need the large knock boxes or built in ones that most cafes and coffee shops have, a smaller one that is suitable for home use could be of
great benefit to you for ease of use, especially if you are planning to make more than one cup of espresso at a time. There are basic knock boxes that are really quite cheap and there are also more upscale varieties that are much more expensive.
Although it’s not one of the vital espresso machine accessories, an espresso knock box does make clean up much easier. Again, it comes down to what you want and what suits your own personal tastes.
Milk Steaming Pitcher
The milk steaming pitcher is used to steam the milk that is used in espresso-based coffees and other hot beverages. The typical steaming pitcher is usually a metal (stainless steel) pitcher that is round or bell-shaped. It has a handle and a wide lip that extends about half way around the front of the part of the pitcher as opposed to a pointed spout. This style requires the use of a spoon to pour good cappuccinos, macchiatos and lattes.
For proper pouring to create exceptional lattes and cappuccinos, you need a milk steaming pitcher that is straight as opposed to bell-shaped and has a tapered nose.
However, a pitcher that has a pointed spout should suffice as well. The main thing that you want in a milk steaming pitcher, also known as a frothing pitcher, is that it
steams well and pours nice microfoam.
Demitasse Coffee Cups
A demitasse is a cup that holds a shot of espresso. It is a fancy term for a small cup that is about 3 ounces or smaller. A demitasse can be made of glass, stainless steel or can be ceramic, although porcelain is usually the material of choice. Because these tiny cups must retain heat well, they are often very thick. Aside from the technical utilitarian nature of the cup for your espresso and cappuccino, there is also an aesthetic aspect. The demitasse is available in just about any color, style and design imaginable. They are often accompanied by a matching saucer.
You can find demitasse cups for just a few dollars or for a few hundred dollars. Some are even highly prized by collectors. But if you want an exceptional cup of espresso, the color of the cup is not going to have much bearing on the taste, aroma and entire experience. These are one of the classics of espresso machine accessories.
Espresso Machine Accessories
Espresso machine accessories compliment your espresso maker, and some are very important to the results you get in your espresso. Although some features on espresso makers may be just bells and whistles, the espresso machine accessories discussed above do make a big difference.