Great coffee drinks are easy when you follow our simple guide on how to use your espresso machine. This is a general guide for all espresso machines. As with any product, refer to your product manual for specific information.
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Need to Know Espresso Terms
Using an Espresso Machine - Terms
A Barista is someone who makes coffee beverages, usually as a job. Much like a bartender, the drinks (and skill level required!) can be very simple to very complex.
A Breve is a latte made with cream rather than milk. These are quite rich!
Dirty refers to adding a shot of espresso to a traditional non-espresso drink. For example, adding espresso to a tea latte, ie: “Dirty London Fog”
Dirty may also mean you need to clean your espresso machine!
A Doppio is a double shot of espresso. To a new user, it’s a surprise that the standard shot pulled from most machines is a doppio.
Dry references steamed milk that is more than half foam. It is often used to refer to a dry cappuccino.
A Lungo shot is espresso that is from a longer pull. This creates more espresso, and is sharper than a traditionally timed pull.
Opposite of a Lungo, a Ristretto shot has a shorter pull. While you produce less espresso, the resulting shot is shorter and sweeter than regular espresso.
Different sizes of drinks from somewhere else. Your guess is as good as ours. At Cupper’s, we make 12 oz., 16 oz., or 20 oz. drinks. These are also called small, medium, or large. We’re pretty down to earth about enjoying our coffee!
Skinny means you want your latte made with sugar-free syrup and/or skim milk.
A Solo is a single shot of espresso. Most drinks come with two shots, so if you only want one shot, you need to ask for that.
Wet refers to steamed milk that has less foam. Often this is in reference to a wet cappuccino.
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Frequently Asked Questions
You can come in and browse our HUGE selection of coffee brewers and espresso machines. We especially love our Rocket Appartamento for the do-it-yourself folks. But if you’d like to be babied and taken care of, our Jura Espresso Machines are simply amazing. Check them all out online. (Hint… we have more at Cupper’s than shows online, too!)
Honest, it may actually be cheaper to have an espresso machine at home. If you often hit drive-throughs for lattes or cappuccinos, the costs add up. This is extra-true if there’s more than one person buying coffee drinks in a household!
You can’t make a drip coffee with an espresso machine, but you can make an Americano. This is only one of many amazing drinks you can make though. Download our guide on How To Use An Espresso Machine for more info.
YES! You can use any of your favourite coffee beans to make espresso. BUT you have to make sure it’s the right grind for your machine! If instead you’re talking about using drip grind in your espresso machine, that won’t work. Remember, espresso is a style of making coffee, not the actual beans or roast or grind! For more on how coffee is roasted, check out The Ultimate Guide To Coffee Roasting.
Technically, no. But there are many smaller espresso-style coffee brewers available. While not true espresso, they still help in making similar drinks. Check out our Definitive Guide to Coffee Brewers for more info.
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