If your looking to buy a small, flexible coffee maker that you can take with you anywhere, then the following Presso espresso review Presso espresso review may assist you in making your buying decision.
The Presso is a small arched espresso machine that relies on human input, rather than electricity, to pull a shot of espresso. Opening the product box for the first time you are presented with the silver, hand polished Presso, a frother for your milk, a chrome portafilter and a combined coffee scoop and tamper
What I liked about the Presso is that you can take it apart and put it back together again. Being able to do this obviously gives you a better understanding of any piece of machinery.
For you to get the best possible shot out of this espresso machine the following combination of factors must be in place: you must get the water and tamp pressure right and you should also be using freshly roast beans. (With preground you won’t get the nice crema which is the hallmark of all good coffee)
If any of these factors are omitted from your grind then you you won’t be using this machine to the maximum of it’s potential.
Although this Presso Espresso review focuses on the machine itself you’ll also need to invest in a good grinder to extract the best from the beans you use . The first grinder I’ve seen recommended to use in conjunction with the Presso is the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder which allows you to choose from 14 different settings for the type of coffee you’d like to use. The second grinder is the Kyocera Ceramic Hand grinder. This device consists of a ceramic grinding mechanism that allows for fine to coarse grinds.
To extend the life of the Presso ensure to clean it. This may sound like obvious advice but you’d be surprised by the number of machines I’ve seen where this does not happen. If you do not clean your machine then you are risking it suffering long term damage. Cleaning should take place in the following way:
Warm up the portfilter by pouring hotwater through it. Ensure, of course, there is no coffee in the machine when doing this. It can also be washed occasionally in warm, soapy water, however do not let salt water near it. The Presso should not be put through a dishwasher although the frother that comes with it is dishwasher safe.
And now my favorite thing about this machine: making an espresso shot! There is something very therapeutic about making coffee with the Presso: maybe it’s the way you neatly tamp down the coffee for insertion into the portafilter, pouring the water in at the head of the machine, letting it mix for 20 seconds with the grind. Or maybe it’s the way you open the arms of the Presso and press down firmly for the coffee to drip out like drops of black honey! When pressing the arms, do this slightly at first then press the whole way.
A couple of times some of my shots have been fairly lukewarm, but then I doubled checked the water I’d used and the problem was I’d let it get too cold before pouring into the machine.
The Presso has less electronics to guide you along, so it will prove more of a test of your coffee making skills . So, if want to understand what bean types to use with an espresso machine, how high you should fill your portafilter, what’s the correct extraction temperature for your machine, how quickly from start to finish your shot will be completed, then the Presso is for you.
I hope this Presso espresso review has been helpful in making up your mind for you. The Presso will never take the place of a more expensive machine but it does make very good coffee and comes in at a very reasonable price.