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By Ryan Feeley

Espresso Steps

On 12, Jun 2007 | 4 Comments | In Food | By Ryan Feeley

Contrary to my own advice, a few months ago I went and bought an espresso machine and grinder. The espresso machine was almost 50% off and, due to both environmental and genetic factors, I am simply unable to resist a bargain. Now that I am able to pull consistently good shots, and steam consistently silky milk, I am amazed at how time consuming the whole process is. For any of you interested in making espresso at home, here are the steps involved, at least with my machine.

  1. Ensure machine has enough filtered water, fill if not
  2. Press in espresso machine’s power button
  3. Get two mugs
  4. Remove coffee beans from cupboard
  5. Grind beans
  6. When espresso machine ready light appears, release an inch of water from wand into cup to prime machine and heat cup
  7. When light appears again, pour empty shot into other cup to simultaneously heat portafilter and cup
  8. Fill basket full with freshly ground coffee, tamp and mount
  9. Place mug under portafilter
  10. Press in steam button, wait ten seconds to increase heat
  11. Press out steam button and then press in brew button
  12. Brew for 22 seconds max
  13. Press out brew button, put mugs aside
  14. Press in steam button
  15. Get a heavy glass
  16. When light appears, open wand to release wet steam into glass with towel on top until light turns off
  17. Get pitcher from freezer, attach thermometer, fill 1/2 way with milk (below spout dimple)
  18. Submerge wand into milk, open wand fully, remain just under surface to hear slight sizzle sound, steam milk until it reaches 160° and turn steam off before removing wand to avoid mess.
  19. Bang down pitcher to remove big bubbles, swirl 10 times
  20. Pour milk into mugs
  21. With towel on heat-proof glass, turn off machine and release remaining steam into heavy glass until near silent. Shut off, enjoy coffee.


  1. Water fill cover
  2. Steam valve knob
  3. ON/OFF button
  4. Brew head
  5. Steam wand
  6. Water tank with Max Line
  7. Power cord
  8. Drip tray grate
  9. Drip tray
  10. Accessory Drawer
  11. Tray Base Drawer
  12. Ground coffee basket
  13. Pod coffee basket
  14. Pod coffee pressure insert
  15. Starbucks Rapporto filter
  16. Brew head cleaner
  17. Measuring spoon
  18. STEAM button
  19. Ready light
  20. BREW button


  1. gk

    1) Put on shoes 2) Grab wallet 3) Walk to store 4) Say espresso (or expresso, they get the idea) 5) Consider the lilies. 6) Take espresso and drink. 7) Dispose of styrofoam cup 8) Take SUV for a spin

  2. gk

    The number 8 became a smiley. Wow, thanks computers.

  3. steve

    where did you get your machine at 50% off?

  4. D-Boy Grapes

    It was a great deal. The Bay/Bloor Starbucks came through.

    I’m ashamed to say that I’ve been looking to buy a Flavia Fusion one-cup instant coffeemaker. But they’re illegal in Canada, so I may have to go cross-border shopping later this month.

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