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How to Use an Espresso and Cappuccino Machine

Espresso and Cappuccino machines are automatic these days, but they still require some ability to make them work, if only to decipher the instructions. The key to making a good cup of coffee with a machine is to use the best quality ingredients, including filtered water, and grind the coffee to the correct milling just before preparing the cup. The cappuccino is made using the milk foam generator accessory, while the espresso does not.

Instructions

Preparing an Espresso

  1. Prepare the machine for use. Turn on the machine and follow the instructions on the screen. If you have not used the machine before, you will be asked to configure the language and then fill the water tank. Fill the tank with fresh filtered water to the “Maximum” line. Depending on the manufacturer, the screen may ask you to confirm and then pump water into the machine.
  2. Fill the container with coffee beans. Again, fill only the “Maximum” line.
  3. Press the “Power” button and the display will inform you that the machine is heating up and then rinsing. Some water will drip from the nozzle in the tray.
  4. Choose a setting for the intensity of the coffee with the buttons. The machines come with a normal pre-set configuration, but you can make the coffee more intense or weaker with the buttons. Often, icons will be used to label the buttons. More coffee beans on the icons mean more intensity.
  5. Place a cup under the mouthpiece and choose a size. Look for icons that indicate size. A cup of coffee half full, or full, for example. Choose the cup-small icon for an espresso. The machine will grind the beans and pour the coffee. At completion, the machine will make some dull noise by disposing the waste in a drawer.

Preparation of a Cappuccino

  1. Prepare the machine for use. Turn on the machine and follow the instructions on the screen. If you have not used the machine before, you will be asked to configure the language and then fill the water tank. Fill the tank with fresh filtered water to the “Maximum” line. Depending on the manufacturer, the screen may ask you to confirm and then pump water into the machine.
  2. Fill the container with coffee beans. Again, fill only the “Maximum” line.
  3. Press the “Power” button and the display will inform you that the machine is heating up and then rinsing. Some water will drip from the nozzle in the tray.
  4. Choose a setting for the intensity of the coffee with the buttons. The machines come with a normal pre-set configuration, but you can make the coffee more intense or weaker with the buttons. Often, icons will be used to label the buttons. More coffee beans on the icons mean more intensity.
  5. Fill the milk container. Uses 3 ½ oz. (103 milliliters) per cup. Remove the hot water outlet and place the milk container into the nozzle. The machine may emit a beep, giving you notice that this has been completed successfully. Position the nozzle so that it is above the cup area. Place a cup under the outlet and the milk nozzle and press “Capuccino” (Capuccino). The machine will grind the beans, then foam with the milk and bring it to the cup. The machine will then pour the coffee.