The first of a slew of coffee related articles for today:
So you know those lattes that you have grown to love in your cup holder, well here is the story behind the commercial espresso machines that make them possible. I am sure you probably have a romanticized view of espresso machines. However, whenever something goes mainstream it inevitably losses some of its allure. In this article, we will look at the truth behind these popular machines in order to give you a more realistic view of these beloved mainstays of pop culture.
The first thing that you will notice about the commercial espresso machine is that it looks very bland, don’t fall for it though as some people do with our drink holder. It does not resemble the shiny piece of coffee producing goodness that you may imagine. Instead, it is made for super high volume output and as a result the frills have been removed.
Basically, the machine has 3 main components. The hopper, the wand, and drip. The hopper is where you load the espresso beans. The wand is where the super heated steam comes out, this is what heats the milk. Finally, the drip is where the espresso comes out. All of these components are vitally important, but individually, they are very simple.
Operating the machine is very easy, with or without wheelchair accessories. To make a drink you simply place the cup under the drip and they punch in the amount of shots of espresso that you need pulled. While the shots are pulling you need to pour the milk and then put it under the wand. You have to hold the pitcher at a specific angle in order to get the right amount of foam for the latte.
I’m sorry if I ruined some of your preconceived notions about commercial espresso maschines. However, it is better for you to know the truth rather than continue to be deceived. I hope you learned a thing or two. Have fun getting your next latte!