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Espresso Machine

Bar 

A unit used to measure pressure. Approximately 9 bar (130 pounds per square inch) is the typical pressure used to extract espresso coffee.

Blind Filter 

A filter with no holes, which fits into the group handle and is used for back-flushing the group head when cleaning the espresso machine.

Burr Grinder 

A grinder that consists of two discs which slice coffee beans into fine portions. This type of grinder is preferred by many baristas, as it gives a more consistent grind.

Espresso Machine 

A machine which uses hot water under pressure to extract espresso coffee. Espresso machines range from manual through to semi and fully automatic. When choosing a machine for your home try to think about what features best suit your needs.

Filter Basket 

The metal basket inside the group handle which holds the ground coffee.

Group Handle 

The handle that holds the filter basket and attaches to the group head. It may have a single or a double spout.

Group Head 

The part of the espresso machine where the group handle is attached.

Plunger (French Press) 

Brewing equipment that separates spent grounds from brewed coffee by pressing them to the bottom with a mesh plunger.

Steam Wand / Nozzle / Pipe / Stylus 

The small protruding pipe on most espresso machines that provides steam for milk-frothing.

Tamp 

The small device with a round, flat end used to compress the ground coffee evenly inside the filter basket.

Thermometer 

Often used by baristas while steaming milk to ensure a consistent temperature is reached.

  • Burr Grinder:  A grinder that consists of two discs which slice coffee beans into fine portions.  This type of grinder is preferred by many baristas, as it gives a more consistent grind.Burr Grinder
  • Plunger (French Press):  Brewing equipment that separates spent ground from brewed coffee by pressing them into the bottom with a mesh plunger.Plunger
  • Steam Wand/Nozzle/Pipe/Stylus:  The small protruding pipe on most espresso machines that provides steam for milk-frothing.Steam Wand
  • Filter Basket:  The metal basket inside the group handle which holds the ground coffee.Filter Basket
  • Group Handle:  The handle that holds the filter basket and attaches to the group head.  It may have a single or double spout.Group Handle
  • Tamp:  The small device with a round, flat end used to compress the ground coffee evenly inside the filter basket.Tamp
  • Espresso Machine:  A machine which uses hot water under pressure to extract espresso coffee.  Espresso machines range from manual through to semi and fully automatic.  Espresso Machine