The Espresso Coffee Maker (Stovetop) is a small and inexpensive pot that brews and produces a tasty strong cup of coffee within a few minutes. Espresso is coffee but concentrated coffee. The espresso beans are roasted longer, darker and ground finer for a rich and deep coffee flavor. Use coffee that is specifically roasted for making espresso with fine coffee grinds. You can also purchase whole roasted espresso beans and grind them yourself. For this cooking demonstration, I will be using Bustelo that is labeled as espresso ground coffee. However, you purchase the brand of your preference.
I never drank coffee prepared in a percolator or with an automatic drip coffee maker at home in Puerto Rico. The coffee was always prepared, using the traditional method. My aunt would add ground coffee to boiling water and then strain the coffee with a cloth strainer. The coffee was dark, strong and thick very similar to espresso coffee. Milk was heated in a saucepan before pouring the espresso coffee. Sugar was then added, according to your taste.
Using an Espresso Coffee Maker along with a milk frother will provide you with same flavor and aroma like our traditional method of making coffee with milk.
Introducing the Espresso Coffee Maker!
This is a Grosche Milano stovetop 6 cup espresso maker.
There are three main components: the lower chamber (also called boiler), the filter basket and upper chamber (also called the coffee collector). There is a safety valve located on the side of the lower chamber, which regulates the amount of pressure building up in the unit.
Preparing the Espresso Coffee Maker!
Pour the water into the lower chamber just below the safety valve.
You can see the safety valve inside the lower chamber.
Insert the filter basket.
Fill the filter basket with espresso ground coffee.
Level the coffee with the back of a spoon without applying too much pressure because a firm pack will increase the steam pressure.
Remove any coffee grounds around the rim of filter basket and lower chamber before attaching the upper chamber.
Screw the upper chamber on tightly.
Making Espresso Coffee!
Place on top of stove on a small burner over medium low heat. It will take approximately 7 minutes for the water to boil. Once the water boils, it will generate steam and the steam will create enough pressure to force the water into the coffee grounds and then into the upper chamber to collect the finished espresso coffee.
After 7 minutes, you will hear the water percolating and the coffee trickling out of the spout into the upper chamber of the pot. The coffee is initially thick and dark.
As the upper chamber is filling up with espresso coffee, a creamy and foamy caramel-colored texture starts to form on top with little bubbles. This is known as Crema – a cream that is created due to the oils in the beans. Close the lid to complete the brewing process.
When you hear a gurgling sound, it is an indication that the water in the lower chamber is almost emptied. Our espresso coffee is done so turn off the stove. Stir coffee with a spoon to blend well before pouring. The entire espresso making process takes at least 6 to 9 minutes and yields 1 cup of espresso coffee.
Introducing the Milk Frother!
There are three main components to the Milk Frother: the power base with a temperature dial, milk jug and lid. When using a milk jug frother, you will be able to froth and heat milk at the same time.
The milk frother comes with one disc for lattes and another for cappuccinos. I inserted the cappuccino frothing disc inside the milk jug.
Frothing the Milk!
Before frothing the milk, insert the cappuccino disc inside the milk jug.
You can pour 1 cup or 1¼ cups of whole milk into the milk jug, making sure that the milk is between the “minimum” and “maximum” measurement markings. The milk should be cold and whole milk is recommended for a smooth and even foam.
Cover milk jug with lid. Make sure it is securely attached. Turn the Start/Stop dial to desired temperature. Whether you plan to froth milk for a latte or cappuccino, select the temperature within the Optimum Milk Temp range. I normally select the temperature just over the 140°F mark.
Press the Start/Stop button to start the frothing process. When the milk frothing is completely done, you will hear an alert sound, indicating that the milk foaming process is complete. This will take approximately 2 minutes.
We just completed heating and foaming the milk. Remove lid and milk jug from power base and place on a heat resistant trivet.
If I tilt the milk jug, you can see the foam on top and the heated milk at the bottom.
Serving the Espresso Coffee with Steamed Foam Milk!
I love my espresso coffee with sugar and therefore, I normally add 1 teaspoon of sugar (or to taste) into each cup. This is optional.
Pour the espresso coffee evenly into both cups.
With milk jug, pour warm milk, according to your liking.
Once you pour both cups with warm milk, spoon out the milk foam and place on top for those individuals that prefer a cup of cappuccino. Stir to blend well and enjoy a cup of rich and deep coffee flavor. The cup of coffee with warm milk has a milky flavor and tastes exactly like our traditional café con leche. The cappuccino coffee is much creamier due to the steamed milk foam.
I realized that when using the cappuccino disc, you can serve two different types of coffee for your guests – Coffee with Warm Milk and Cappuccino. However, if your guests just want coffee with milk, then use the Latte disc. Conversely, if they prefer just Cappuccino, make sure to use the Cappuccino disc.
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Recipe and Nutritional Facts!
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Learn how to make a delicious cup of coffee with warm milk, using an espresso coffee maker and milk frother. For this recipe, I will be using a 6-cup espresso coffee maker.
- 1 cup or 1¼ cups of cold whole milk
- 2 teaspoons of sugar or to taste
- 16 teaspoons espresso ground coffee
- Sufficient water to fill bottom chamber of espresso coffee maker
- Pour water into lower chamber below the valve
- Insert filter basket and fill with espresso ground coffee, approximately 10 teaspoons. Level ground coffee with back of a spoon without applying pressure.
- Remove any ground coffee around the rim of filter basket. Screw tightly upper chamber and close lid.
- Place espresso coffee maker on small burner. Turn on stove and make sure the flames do not exceed the base of espresso maker.
- Heat until the espresso coffee fills the upper chamber. Turn off stove.
- Insert cappuccino disc inside milk jug and pour milk between minimum and maximum markings.
- Turn temperature dial (Start/Stop button) within the Optimum Milk Temp range.
- Press Start/Stop button to start the frothing process. When frothing is complete, you will hear an alert sound. Wait until the unit automatically shuts off.
- Remove milk jug with lid and place on a trivet.
- Add sugar into cups and evenly pour the espresso coffee.
- Warm milk is added to both cups, according to your liking.
- Scoop milk foam if you want to prepare a cup of cappuccino.
Read the entire manufacturing operating manuals on how to operate the espresso coffee maker and milk frother.
- Category: Hot Beverages
- Method: Boiling
- Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keywords: Espresso Coffee