Here is my new espresso machine. I bought a truly portable espresso machine over the summer. It is a manual machine. I can take it anywhere and enjoy espresso. It came with a milk frother. I added a tamper and a grinder to the package. I need a tea kettle to heat the water. I have a grinder to grind the coffee beans. I have me to run the machine – espresso on the go!
Watch me make an espresso from start to finish using the machine.
Here are the steps needed to make a manual espresso.
1 ) Choose your bean.
I currently have a Kenyan bean out of the bulk coffee bin from a chain supermarket.
2) Weigh out the beans.
I usually use 12-14 grams of coffee for a double shot depending how much caffeine I want. In the video, I measure out 12 grams of coffee.
3) Start heating the water
4) Grind the beans
While the water heats, grind the beans. It took a while to find a couple of tries to zero in on the coarseness. Sometimes, I have a little helper help with the grind.
5) Fill the portafilter and tamp.
15 kg is a lot of tamping pressure so go crazy and try it with a scale to see for yourself.
6) Attach the portafilter to the machine.
7) Measure the water in the top of the machine.
I filled the water cup(?!?) up to halfway up the clear plastic part.
8) Raise the ROK arms and push them back down
I raised them all the way up in the video and pushed them all the way down and held them as the water went through the grounds. I did it twice in the video because I thought I could squeeze a bit more out of the puck.
9) Put an empty cup under the portafilter to express the excess water.
10) Enjoy your cup of espresso.