espresso! What you need.

What’s needed at home for your perfect espresso is,

– An espresso coffee machine

-coffee grinder


-Milk thermostat


-Air tight container for beans

-Stainless steel milk jug

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coffee quote

“It’s just when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? you integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you’ve had a coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep”

Malcolm X

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Espresso! One of The Best and Most Affordable ways

The stove top or Macchinetta espresso brewing technique far precedes the more complex espresso coffee machine process used to extract a dark shot of black espresso, though they both share the same characteristics by brewing under pressure.

The stove top or Macchinetta which it is known as in Italy, is in common use in just about every Italian kitchen, mostly because it is easy and quick to make and can also produce the crema that you find from a traditional espresso coffee machine.

In Italy in the late part of the 19th Century and the early part of the 20th it was common for the poor people, mostly farmers, from the south to brew the espresso in the stove top and pour it over bread and milk for breakfast. If you love espresso you could try it with your cornflakes.

The espresso made from a stove top espresso maker is very smooth and has a subtle bite. The espresso it produces is drank hot, but also lends itself to be saved and cooled down, placed in the fridge and enjoyed cold on a hot summer afternoon or put in the freezer, and enjoyed as a frozen ice slushy, also known as “café freddo”.

The stove top is easy to use and has only five parts to it that fit together to produce an ultimately attractive pot. The top chamber, bottom chamber, funnel filter, filter plate and rubber ring. The rubber ring will wear out eventually so be sure to have a spare, just know the size of your stove top. They Generally come in 1, 3, 6 and 9 cup sizes.

The espresso is made by placing water in the bottom chamber, make sure you don’t over fill it, keep the water bellow the steam valve, be sure not to have the gas flame too high as it can discolour your stove top or melt the handle. The water is then forced through the coffee. Make sure to loosely pack the coffee into the filter funnel. Do not use a tamper, as you would with an espresso coffee machine, as the water will have trouble getting through.

You will know the espresso is ready when you hear the stove top gurgling, don’t open the top chamber before you take it off the heat and let it settle (about 20 seconds), it will spit out the coffee and make a mess.

Every espresso lover should have a stove top, as they are an attractive addition to any kitchen and make great espresso with little fuss.

The first time you use your stove top, wash carefully only with water and make some espresso coffee to throw away. Check that the stove top is complete with safety valve funnel, washer and filter plate, and that they are all put together correctly.

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best looking espresso stove top

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As with all my thoughts about espresso coffee machines, beauty and elegance in any form from an espresso coffee maker makes me want a coffee even more than I usually do. If you’re like me, then you’ll love this stove … Continue reading

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Grantito Tre Spade Espresso Coffee Grinder

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As in cafés the grinder should be used at home, and placed next to your espresso coffee machine, for ascetics mostly, we all know how important it  is to use freshly ground beans for your espresso, so I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Fitzroy…..ICI Cafe Melbourne, Australia

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The back streets of Fitzroy offer much more than a historical and refreshing walk through the past of Melbourne’s working class dwellings. Mixed in amongst the leafy streets and historical gems are some of Melbourne’s best cafes. Cafe ICI is … Continue reading

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