Breville espresso machine is one of the top-notch coffee making machines in the market. Personally, I love its unique look and the numerous features it possesses.
It is fitted with a grinder, a 67oz water tank, and a steam wand. For a first timer, making your first cup of coffee can be a little bit tricky.
You need to be slow and gentle to end up with the best mug of coffee or cappuccino.
To prevent any first-time mistakes, this guide will provide you detailed information on how to use Breville espresso machine.
If you follow it keenly, you will find the process to be very simple. The only advice I can give you is to be calm.
Rushing will only hinder you from enjoying the best cup of coffee Breville machine has to offer. Trust me, you deserve the best.
Get the Machine Ready to Use
Before preparing anything be it coffee, espresso or latte, you will have to ready the espresso machine. The first step is to fill the water reservoir.
If it is written 67oz, ensure that it is 67oz. You don’t want to have the tank holding more than the recommended amount.
If it has a maximum indicator, it will be wise not to exceed it. You can then go ahead and power up the machine and let it warm up for the task ahead.
Clean the portafilter by installing it in place, run the water and once it is finished, remove the portafilter and clean it.
This is to ensure that you don’t have any foreign materials on the portafilter. It is the best way to get quality brew without any contaminants.
Dry the portafilter and put it back in place. You can now proceed to the next step.
Grind the Coffee Beans
Measure the coffee beans to your need and put them in the grinder. Start grinding them while keeping in mind that the grind of the beans is very important in determining the resultant quality of the espresso.
I usually call this process the determinant. Ensure you grind it until the texture becomes very fine. Once this is achieved, remove the grounds and place them in the portafilter in readiness for the brewing process.
Place the portafilter back after leveling and tamping. The pressure applied should be about 30pounds.
Have a cup on the spout and turn on the water. For a few seconds, you will have espresso pouring in your cup with a rust colored foam.
This signifies that the espresso is well brewed and of good quality. Steer the espresso to distribute the crema evenly then transfer it to the serving cup.
Making a Latte
The thorough steps above are enough to enable you to brew the finest cup of either coffee or espresso. Remember that the amount of the coffee beans you place in the grinder matters a lot.
You should also make sure that you have the right ground to produce a remarkable brew. You may then proceed with making a cappuccino or latter.
Just like the portafilter, the steam wand should also be prepared to ensure that your brew doesn’t end up with numerous contaminants.
This is what coffee enthusiasts refer to purging the steam wand. You will do this by turning on the steam wand and letting it run for a short time.
During this process, keep away from the steam wand and make sure it is not facing you directly.
Measure the right amount of milk that conforms to the amount of espresso you have made.
If you have about 6oz of espresso, your milk should be 5oz, this is because it will expand during heating making it just the right amount. Also, use a good sized container to prevent pouring out.
Go ahead and pour your measured milk into a container most preferably metallic. The milk should be cold and not warm.
Dip the wand into the milk and ensure that its tip is well submerged. Tilt the container a little bit then turn on the steam. This will make the milk froth evenly.
You should keep the milk frothing while adjusting the tilt angle of the container in order to obtain the best foam.
Once the frothing is done, turn off the steam wand and remove the container. Take caution while holding the container because it may be too hot to handle.
Dank a clean cloth and gently wipe the steam wand until no traces of milk are available on it. This should be done immediately the wand is out of the milk to prevent any milk particles from sticking on the wand.
While the milk is still hot and frothing, pour it to your espresso. It should have an incredible aroma and a golden appearance.
You can use sweeteners like sugar to make your brew delectable. This is exactly how to use a Breville espresso machine to come up with some of the most delicious brews meant to make your morning exciting.
You can always count on Breville to deliver the best brew at all times.
Cleaning the Espresso Machine
You should ensure that you clean your espresso after a number of uses. This is a practice that will keep your coffee delicious every single day without any foul taste or aroma.
Cleaning ensures you get optimum freshness every time you make a drink. It is so far the only maintenance practice you will have to do on your espresso machine.
The espresso machines come with a removable tray that will show once it is full, ensure that you clean it every time it indicates so.
Wash the water reservoir after a number of uses. The portafilter should always be kept clean. This is by washing it and removing any coffee particles that might have remained after brewing.
All this can be done in a matter of minutes and your Breville espresso machine will be back to its ideal conditions required for optimum working.
Like I mentioned initially, learning how to use Breville espresso machine for the first time will be quite tricky but once you get the hang of it, it will be a walk in the park.
For quality, brew ensure that you get the finest grounds and the milk should be cold before steaming. Apply all the above processes and steps and you will be good to go.