If you know for sure you love espresso, but aren't sure on the right machine style for you, take this quiz!
Learn everything you need to know about boiler types before assembling your espresso set-up.
Learn the art of pour over. The end result is balanced, complex, and—if you’re lucky—a meditative state.
Discover the nuances of coffee brewing and get the right brewer for you.
Start your journey into the wonderful world of specialty coffee and espresso with this diverse collection of beans.
Get 10% off coffee with code BEANS10. Coffee packages and samplers excluded. Not eligible on Closeout Derals. Limited time offer.
For proper machine maintenance, we stock genuine parts and premium care products.
Don't know what part you need? Check our support wiki for part diagrams and guides to help troubleshoot issues.
Build the perfect coffee bar and make sure it stays that way with a state of the art water filtration system.
Choosing a quality tamper is often overlooked as an important consideration of brewing good espresso.
Save big on refurbished and rebuilt machines, so you can stock up on coffee beans.
Find new machines or coffee makers that need a home and fresh, delicious coffees that are beginning to approach their best-by dates.
Discover useful specs, troubleshooting guides, and brewing tips from our huge support wiki.
With over 1,000 videos, our channel has everything from espresso machine reviews, tech and maintenance guides, coffee recipes, and more!
August 24, 2016
Ok so you just received your new semi-automatic espresso machine and are getting ready to make a nice cappuccino. You have watched the local Barista, done your online research and have quickly come to the conclusion that you are getting conflicting information on how to properly make a cappuccino or latte with your new machine. In some instances, you may have seen the drinks being made by brewing your espresso and then steaming and frothing your milk. Likewise, you may have also watched videos that show a latte being made in a glass cup where the espresso is being poured into the steamed milk. So which is it you might ask. "Do I brew first or do I steam first"?
The consensus with our team here is that it is better to steam/froth your milk first and then brew your espresso. This especially holds true when using a single boiler espresso machine like the Gaggia Classic or Rancilio Silvia.
Sign Up For Exclusive Deals, Info and More!Subscribe Now