by Karen Bates
(last updated November 17, 2014)
Coffee drinks are favored all over the world by many different people. For breakfast, a mid-day pick-me-up, or as a part of dessert or a meal, a lot of people turn to coffee and drinks made with coffee to satisfy their taste buds.
Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, and it's easy to see why. This beverage can provide energy as well as give you a few relaxing minutes as you sip it. Although a lot of people drink coffee solely for its caffeine content, there are many who love the taste of it as well.
A wide variety of drinks are made with coffee being a major ingredient. While some of these are stronger than others, some are sweeter, and still others are somewhat bitter. At any coffee shop, you can check out the long list of beverages made using coffee in a multitude of ways. Just about anyone can find a coffee drink that they will love.
Espresso is a well-known coffee drink with wide availability. Applying high pressure to coffee beans makes espresso, and the resulting drink is often served as a "shot" of espresso. An espresso coffee maker is required to prepare this beverage in the fastest possible way. Espresso coffee makers were first introduced in the early 1900s, and have come a long way since then as far as speed and ease of use. Now, it is easy to find and operate an espresso maker successfully in your own home. You can even find models that can make regular coffee as well as a perfect espresso, depending on what you are in the mood for. Some espresso makers even work using the heat from your stove.
Espresso coffee makers are available in several sizes with different features. Generally, these machines range in price from about $20 to well over $100. You don't necessarily need to spend a lot of money to get great espresso at home. Just decide what features you want, and take a look at the available machine models and prices that fit your needs.
When you make espresso, begin with a fresh espresso bean blend. You can grind the beans yourself, or purchase them ready to use, although grinding right before you make the drink will bring about the best result. The process of actually making the espresso will depend on the maker you choose. Consult the instructions for your espresso coffee maker to create a great espresso that you can enjoy at home.
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