How To Use A Mini-Espresso Machine

A mini-espresso machine is a very convenient machine for people who want to travel outdoors and still have their satisfaction for coffee. The machine perfectly fits in many traveling bags therefore making it very convenient without adding to the traveling baggage. A mini-espresso machine is also cheap compared to many coffee makers therefore pocket friendly. In recent times, we have witnesses reduction in size of many electronics and the coffee maker has not been left out, one limitation of size reduction is the complexity of the geometry and use of the final product. I am going to explain how to effectively use the machine.

Preparing The Machine

Before using the machine, there are a couple of things to check: first since the canister is aluminium and pressure sealed, do not use in a microwave or heat on a camp fire. When filling with water, do not fill past the indicated safety valve. Do not pack coffee grounds into the filter funnel. Before filling with water, ensure that all parts are present and assembled correctly. Finally check the rubber washer and safety valve for obstruction or wear, do not use the mini-espresso if the safety valve or threads leaks since this will put you in danger of pressure bursts and hot fluid burns.

Also, remember to wash all parts in hot water before first use. Coffee grounds should also not be added to flush debris and metal fillings from unit. Before cleaning or disassembling, allow unit to cool.

The mini-espresso machine is the size of a small thermos flask. When using for the first time, do not add coffee first, this will ensure flushing away of all the metal fillings and debris that will compromise the taste of your coffee.

Adding Water And Coffee Grounds

Now fill the base with clean water make sure the water level only touches the bottom of the safety valve.

Add the desired amount of freshly ground coffee to the filter funnel. The amount of coffee depends on the amount of caffeine the user wants. Take note not to fill the grounds down. Re-insert the funnel into the base.

The funnel has been designed as a correct measure, however, less coffee may be used for a weaker brew. Instant coffee should be avoided.

Closing The Espresso

Screw the top section firmly on the base and place on stove top at low heat. Place cup under brass stem and within minutes your coffee-maker will deliver a flavorful cup of European style.

Cleaning

Cleaning it is essential since it ensures proper hygiene is maintained, also keeping the aluminum parts clean and dry reduces chances of rust formation or aluminum oxide coating forming. The coffee maker is dish washer safe but the manufacturer insists on cleaning it independently and manually using hot water and soap. This will ensure all the hidden parts or those with complex geometries are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Abrasive detergents and scouring pads should be avoided, they compromise the close limits and fits making tight valves leaks. When using hard water, deposits or stains may form on the inner surface of the barrel. This should not be scrapped off with a hard object. Instead use a mixture of water and vinegar to corrode it away. Remember to rinse with fresh water after using vinegar on the mini-espresso.

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Drying

After cleaning the machine, dry all the parts with a cloth or leave them in open sun. When storing the machine, keep it disassembled and only assemble it again when you need to make coffee.

Maintenance is paramount. Should you find the machine threads worn out, or the safety valve leaking, do not use the machine or try repairing it as this may cause harm. Remember spare parts are readily available. Take the machine to qualified technician for repairs. Safety starts with you : Always use the coffee-maker on low heat and ensure the safety valve is not blocked or tampered with.

Best Coffee Recipes

It’s easy to prepare all the flavorful versions of the classic European Coffee drinks. For traditional cappuccino, froth milk is added to espresso. This machine is not suited to produce frothed milk, please warm your milk then add it to your trail side brew. For mountain espresso. Fill the machine barrel with 11 fluid ounces of water. Garnish with a twist of lemon rind.

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