Traditional Espresso Machines
The main draw card to traditional coffee machines is that they put the person making the coffee machine in control of the entire process of making coffee, from setting the grind (read below about the importance of a good grinder), dosing the handle, tamping the coffee to extracting the shot. Because you have so much control in the process, you can get a better tasting coffee out of a traditional espresso machine than you would get out of an automatic or capsule machine.
Who are traditional espresso machines best suited for?
For the passionate coffee connoisseur, there is so much enjoyment in the ritual of making coffee. This enjoyment is something that can only truely be experienced by making coffee on a traditional espresso machine. If you are a person who appreciates quality, likes to be in control of the entire coffee making process and wants to make a statement with a beautiful traditional espresso machine on your kitchen bench, then this is the machine for you.
A good grinder makes all the difference
Traditional espresso machines work best when they are used in conjunction with a good burr grinder. We can’t say this enough – if you want to get great coffee out of your traditional espresso machine, a good quality burr grinder is essential. There are many reviews of grinders available online, here is an excellent detailed review of the Mazzer Mini.
We also recommend investing in barista training to master the skills needed to make great coffee out of a traditional machine. Without having some knowledge of the coffee making process it is difficult to make good coffee on a traditional machine. There are many variables that need to considered including: how fine or coarse the coffee is ground and how much coffee to dose in the basket. It’s a bit like riding a bike though – once you have got it mastered there will be no stopping you.