How to make the best coffee with your home espresso machine

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This is the first video from ‘Steve the coffee geek’ it is a lesson in how to use and get the best from your home espresso machine. It includes a breakdown o…


Damian Hind says:

Thank you

Chris Perry says:


econpro1000 says:

This video is hilarious. You need a decent espresso maker and a good
grinder to make good espresso and latte. I used to have the same exact
machine and I had to return it. You need to also use a burr grinder for
consistent grind. You cannot use blade grinder which is shown in this
video. The whole purpose of steaming the milk is to make frothy creamy milk
which cannot be achieved with this machine. You need to use a larger
pitcher and fill the milk to about half way because the milk would expand.
Do you see the milk expand in this video? NO. Just air bubbles. You can see
from the video the milk is not creamy and thick. It looks like nothing more
than hot milk. You’re also not supposed to use pressurized portafilters
which come with most entry level machines. If you do, you’ll get foam and
not crema which is what espresso is all about. This machine sucks even for
home use. You might as well use instant coffee and microwave your milk. You
don’t need an expensive machine but at least get a decent one.

SalsburySteakable says:

Yes, grinder sucks– but shouldn’t matter too much with a pressurized
portafilter. You don’t have to tamp, though– certainly not 30 lbs– with a
pressurized filter. Just level and polish.

Adam Hughes says:

Hi Steve,
Thanks for this. Very helpful, and appreciate the effort.

Kaaas says:

How to make the best #coffee with your home #espressomachine-

ahmato taychoury says:

thanks for the video Steve! I just got an espresso machine the other day as
a gift, and this video proved to teach me many lessons! keep up the good
work !

Bet Mulligan says:

Hi Steve, I was recently given a Francis Francis X1 machine that had been
used 3 or 4 times then packed away for about a year. (Needless to say, it
has to be descaled before it can be used.) It’s in mint condition but I’m
wondering if there is anything else you recommend I do to it before using?

Wouter van veldhuizen says:

hi Steve,great video! I’ve recently bought an espresso machine myself and
I’m trying to make some good coffee at home. My budget isn’t really that
big because I’m a student so I bought a 100 euros Philips (I’m Dutch 🙂 )
espresso machine. At the moment I use pre-grinded coffe but I’m thinking
about buying a manual grinder so I can use freshly grinded coffee, do you
think this is smart or will it make no difference since I use a pretty
cheap coffee machine? Also I noticed you use quite some grinded coffee in
the porter filter. Is this a normal ammount for 2 cups? I read I should use
like 8 grams of coffee and extract for like 25-30 secs to get the best
taste, but in 25 secs my machine makes a lot of coffee, much more than one
espresso size. And that’s when I use quite fine pre-grinded coffee so maybe
I should use some more coffee and make double size espresso’s. 

Ryan Walker says:

and sleep

spystyle says:

Good 🙂 Ignore any thumbs down, they aren’t patient. Not all tutorials are
2 minutes and feature a man yelling or a lady scantily clad LOL

عندليب الخريصي says:

Good effort I have benefited greatly Thank you

SteveTheEspressoGeek says:

Man, didn’t think there would be so many negative comments about the
grinder. For those who think I’m wrong for using a flat blade grinder, your
right. I am wrong. Bit listen to the video. I clearly say I normally use a
burr grinder and am using a flat blade to show that even with inferior
equipment you can still produce a nice coffee. And for those who like this
video, I’m glad I’ve been able to help

Jacob Pale says:

in the video he specifically said out of your home machine. good burr
grinders cost at least 150€. even the cheap ones. so he does do this for
the sake of demonstration, not because he knows better. if you got better
equipment and knowledge consider yourself lucky and be aware that this
video isnt directed at people like you.

arkasza2007 says:

Oh come on… For home espresso machine good grinder isnt needed at all…

thejinxlynx says:

good info. great tips too. thank you for this video !!

OxP2 says:

thats alot of fucking work.

UKPete007 says:

Great Tutorial thanks!.

SuperDelberto says:

Good video, the only thing I would add, is that there is no need to heat
your machine up for so long – when the water is up to temperature, just run
the water through a couple of times.

andyfaizey says:

What an excellent tutorial – well worth 17 mins 48 secs of your time. Seen
several videos and you pick up something new from each but I would say this
is a really good starting point. I would however say as the owner of a burr
coffee grinder – that’s the way to go not a flat blade as apparently the
heat from the motor can burn the coffee. Apart from that this guy seems to
cover all the bases.

angelevo says:

can i use distilled water?

Molly A. Block says:

Your video really helped me a lot. I am waiting on my new machine to arrive
today. I’ve been using a DeLonghi for 14 years now and it is STILL working
to this day! But I wanted to treat myself to a new machine. From your video
I learned of a few things I was doing wrong all these years! So thank you,
thank you for sharing your video with us!

Metalor says:

Coffeegeek with a blade grinder? Oxymoron?

efoulaki says:

I really enjoyed the video! 🙂

djbookey says:

Thanks for the comments. Glad I could help. And Metalor, like I said in the
vid. I use a burr grinder but show you even with a flat blade how good the
espresso can be 🙂

Stephanie Dunbar says:

Thank you!!! This was great!

djbookey says:

Hi ratoz. This machine, the delonghi ec710 can be pick up for around £75.
So by no means expensive.

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