CLANCY ROSE: So next we are going to talk
about your home espresso machine. And here we have one example of the home espresso machine.
The parts on it, you got your porta filter, porta filter basket. This is your group head,
steam wand. You got your boiler spout. So what you are going to do is turn on your espresso
machine. You are going to want to let it warm up for about 45 minutes until all the parts
of the machine are all warmed up to where they are supposed to be. And one of the things
that you can do to help the parts of the espresso machine like a porta filter warm up is pour
some water through it. It is going to kind of help it warm up to the right temperature.
Also, you can flush some water through the steam wand. And I have a folded wet towel
that I wrap around the steam wand when I flush it so that I don’t burn my hand. So two things
that you are going to have to watch out for with the espresso machine is in the water
tank in the back, you are going to want to make sure that it does not run out of water
while you are brewing an espresso. If that happens, then air can get into the lines of
the machine and it can cause a lot of damage to your machine. The other is water temperature,
which is a major factor in brewing espresso. Standard water temperature that you are going
to want it at is 200 degrees Fahrenheit. And right here I have a thermometer that goes
up to 220 degrees Fahrenheit. To test the water temperature, I am going to flush some
water through the group head, through the porta filter, stick this thermometer into
this little spout here and watch to see where the thermometer level is off at. And whatever
temperature that is, is the temperature of the water inside the machine. All right. So
in this machine, the water is levelling off right at 200 degrees which is exactly where
I want it, so we are all set. At home, if you have a different machine and the water
is not levelling off at 200 degrees or not reaching 200 degrees, you might want to look
at your owner’s manual and see how to get the temperature stable at 200 degrees Fahrenheit.